Mechatronics integrates the theory and practice of mechanical, electrical and computer based disciplines, to enable the design, modelling and development of intelligent machines, products and systems.
Mechatronic engineers are in great demand as more industries seek to apply the advances in computers, electronics, sensors, and actuators to improve their products, processes and services. Our course aims to produce dynamic graduates who can operate in industry at the highest level.
Course modules include Mechatronics Systems Engineering and Artificial Intelligence which introduces you to model-based system engineering and the mechatronic philosophies of design, Programming and Software Engineering to develop knowledge of efficient programming approaches to software engineering with an emphasis on practical programming skills and Engineering Business Environment which enable students to understand and reflect upon the role of business in a rapidly changing, globalised world.
- Accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), ensuring you will benefit from the highest quality teaching and graduate with a recognised qualification.
- Mechatronic engineers are in high demand as more industries seek to make advances across a range of disciplines.
- Access our excellent facilities, including specialised mechanical, electrical and electronic laboratories, as well as spaces dedicated to the manufacture of student designs.
- Boost your employability with a year-long work placement*, gaining valuable industry experience to enhance your practical and professional skills.
- Our graduates have forged successful careers in a range of industries including robotics and automation systems, manufacturing, machine vision, automotive, aerospace, material processing, energy and power. They are employed as engineers and project managers for roles in design, research and product development.
- Benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff, who are part of the school’s Institute of Engineering Sciences, and who are active in cutting-edge research consultation with industry. Our research informs our teaching, ensuring the course is aligned the latest developments in the sector.
Structure and assessment
First semester (September to January)
This semester is devoted to broadening your core knowledge over 12 weeks of study plus 3 weeks for assessment. You’ll take four modules, with an emphasis on case studies.
- Electromechanics – provides an insight into the essential theories and applications underpinning electronics, mechanics and mechatronic systems, and introduces the principles, tools and practices of Model based development
- Mechatronic Systems: Engineering and Design – introduces you to model based system engineering and the philosophies of design. It provides the essential tools and rules for analysis of systems and integrated design concepts and evaluation techniques. The module exposes you to rational assessment of a range of studies of electro-mechanical system design
- Engineering Business Environment and Energy Studies – provides an awareness of the commercial environment and the need for operational efficiency within manufacturing businesses. The use of sustainable approaches to production will also be examined
- Programming and Software Engineering – develops the knowledge of efficient programming approaches to software engineering with an emphasis on the development of practical programming skills. Modular programming in C provides the basis for many signal and image processing software and programming techniques.
Second semester (February to May)
In this semester you will move into more advanced studies, with four modules intended to deepen your knowledge of some of the tools required by practising mechatronic engineers.
- Machine Vision, Robotics and Flexible Automation – provides both conceptual and detailed knowledge in the areas of robotics, machine vision and flexible automation, and builds upon the fundamental philosophy of mechatronics in the context of flexible automation technologies and applications
- Engineering Systems: Dynamics and Control – develops your ability to critically analyse engineering problems involving dynamics and control issues, as well as your modelling and design skills. Control and dynamics are key technologies in the mechatronics design approach
- Microprocessor Applications and Digital Signal Processing – provides knowledge for the application of microprocessor systems, aimed at single-chip embedded solutions as being appropriate to a product-orientated treatment. Also provides the knowledge of DSP algorithms and systems and an understanding of implementation technologies, designs and application areas
- Research Methods – introduces the fundamentals of research methods in an engineering context. It will prepare you for the individual research project through lectures, seminars and assignments that introduce and develop the concepts, organisational structure and deliverables of a research project
Individual Project (June to September )
You will undertake a research project, either industrially based or linked to an industrial partner attached to one of the mechatronic-related research teams within the faculty or in other collaborating institutions. The project would be in an area relevant to mechatronics, where clear evidence of the ability to solve a real multidisciplinary problem is demonstrated. The project assessment involves a formal presentation, production of a technical paper and a thesis.
Facilities and features
Students will have access to the main mechanical laboratory, an 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.
We have a purpose-built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels, such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels, to improve performance and emission characteristics.
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 also provided.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Opportunities and careers
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.
Graduates enjoy exciting career opportunities from a wide range of industries. These include robotics and automation, machine vision, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, consumer products, material processing, energy and power. They are likely to be employed as engineers, senior engineers and project leaders or managers for roles in design and development, research and development, electromechanical, automation and control, manufacturing, product development, field support and maintenance, system integration, commissioning and installation, test and verification, or any engineering role where understanding interdisciplinary issues with insights is vital.
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