Mechatronics covers the integration of mechanical, electronic and intelligent control sub-systems to realise a complete system, which may be a product, machine or process. The multidisciplinary nature of Mechatronics employs design principles, processes, models, toolsets and philosophy unique to Mechatronics Engineers which enable design and development of simpler, more economical and reliable systems.
Mechatronics engineers are in short supply, who enjoy highly versatile careers due to their multidisciplinary skills.
The course has a unique balance of key analytical subjects and professional skills, ensuring that you graduate with the confidence to face challenging engineering situations in industry. The management skills necessary to operate successfully as a multidisciplinary engineer in modern industry are promoted and developed at all stages of the course.
You can study Mechatronics either as a three-year BEng (Hons) programme, or as a four-year integrated master’s. At the end of year three, you have the option of graduating with a BEng or continuing your studies for a further year for a MEng, subject to meeting the progression requirements.
- Benefit from accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer, and from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), which will help you start your journey towards Chartered Engineer status.
- Enhance your studies with an integrated master’s. Study Mechatronics as a three year BEng (Hons) or a four year MEng degree. For the MEng, you will continue your study with a number of modules at Master’s level in year four, to further develop your skills and knowledge.
- Be guided by experienced academic staff who help you gain a sound understanding of engineering principles along with transferable skills that will enable you to embark on a rewarding career.
- Learn in dedicated facilities, including our large, open-plan mechanical engineering laboratory designed to accommodate the study of thermofluids, solid mechanics and dynamics; specialist laboratories in material science, dynamics and control, as well as an Engine Test Cell.
- Gain invaluable experience through work placement opportunities, and boost your career prospects with a 12-month work placement with the support of DMU Works.
- Get involved in some of our thriving student societies include DMU Flyers, Electronics Club and DMU Racing. Gain hands-on experience and meet like-minded people from across the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development.
- Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Past Engineering students have investigated feats of engineering behind the tallest skyscrapers in New York and explored the BMW Motorrad factory in Berlin.
Structure and assessment
Engineering Maths 1
Mechanical Principles – Statics
Electronic Circuits and Systems
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Maths 2
Mechanical Principles – Dynamics
Design and Manufacture
Electronics CAE and Programming Fundamentals
Embedded Systems I
Instrumentation and Control
Engineering Mathematics 3
Product Design Analysis
Design of Mechanical Elements
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Advanced Embedded Systems
Power Electronics and Generation I
Model Based Systems Integration
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Choose one optional subject from:
Finite Element Analysis and Design
Advanced Power Systems and Green Technologies
Facilities and features
Mechanical Engineering Facilities
The main mechanical laboratory is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.
Engine Test Cell
There is a purpose built engine testing facility to measure engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects done in this facility include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.
A new energy laboratory is also available to conduct thermo-fluid experiments relevant to mechanical engineering. The laboratory contains equipment to teach wide range of thermos-fluid applications such as Air-Conditioning, Heat-pumps and various fundamental experiments such as measurement of thermal conductivity.
Materials Science Laboratory
The materials laboratory houses a wide range of facilities for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment incudes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile testing, fatigue testing, wear testing, corrosion testing, hardness testing and impact testing.
Dynamics and Control Laboratory
This is a dedicated laboratory for the study of dynamics and control, equipment in this laboratory allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending etc.
There are many computer laboratories available with CAD and Finite Element Modelling Software. The primary packages used are CREO and AUTODESK Simulation for FEA modelling. Student will be using these design software from their first year of study.
Electronic Engineering Laboratory
Electrical and Electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each facility is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including Microsoft Office, OrCAD and PSpice.
A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for R.F. engineering.
Opportunities and careers
Multidisciplinary engineers are sought, and expect significantly enhanced job prospects worldwide. The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers on offer. You could go into industries including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy as well as large manufacturing industries and domestic/consumer product industries.
You will have the ability to work in areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control.
Recent graduates are now working for companies such as DB Sander.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Students can take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe’s most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car and the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.
You can join either the petrol DMU Racing team or the electric team DMU FaStER and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event. These student teams speak to the passion and creativity of the student body providing an unforgettable experience during your study and putting you in good stead for the future.
Students can also take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe’s most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car. You can join either team and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event.
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