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BEng (Hons)Mechatronics and Robotic Systems

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Mechatronics and robotic systems is one of the newest branches of engineering applicable to every sector of society. It involves technologies in Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering and Computing.

Remotely operated vehicles on Mars, programmable washing machines at home and automated robots at manufacturing assembly lines are just some examples of mechatronics and robotic systems. These products are essentially mechanical in nature but could not function without electrical and computer control systems.

There are numerous automotive applications; modern high performance cars have more than 100 computers hidden in the engine management system, anti-lock brakes, active suspension control and elsewhere. Engineers with experience in mechatronics and robotic systems are actively sought by industry. For example in the automotive sector, you could be designing active rear spoilers to improve aerodynamic performance or pressuresensitive electronic brake and accelerator pads in place of pedals.

The BEng and MEng degree programmes in Mechatronics and Robotic Systems offer a diversity of subject material with an emphasis on interdisciplinary skills.

Each lecture course is taught by a specialist in that subject, ie the mechanical engineering courses are taught by staff from the Department of Engineering, whereas the control engineering is taught by staff from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics.

In the first year of this programme you study the fundamentals of Digital Computers, Electronic and Electrical Circuits and Mechanical Engineering. You will also take modules in Mathematics, Computer Programming in C and Information Technology. The second year builds on this knowledge with lecture modules including Dynamic Systems, Engineering Structures, Digital Electronics, Microprocessor Systems and Control Systems.

Project work will develop your ability in teamwork, leadership and independent problem solving. In the final year you will take compulsory modules covering the fundamentals of Mechatronics and Robotic Systems. This includes modules such as Embedded Computer Systems, Drives and Industrial Robotics. With the optional modules of your own choice, you can develop your skills in a particular area in which you are interested. The final year includes an individual project. A recent example of a final year project was the development of electronic traction control for automotive applications using a fuzzy logic controller.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

You will take the modules:

Digital and Integrated Electronics Design
Electrical Circuits and Systems
Experimental Skills/Engineering Skills
Electronic Circuits
C Programming
Electromechanics and Electromagnetism
Intro to Mechatronics

If you are not sure if you wish to take a BEng (Hons) or an MEng (Hons) degree then we advise that you apply for the MEng and make a final decision at the end of Year Two.

Programme Year Two

Signals and Systems
Electronic Circuits and Systems
Instrumentation and Control
Applied Design/Project
Electrical Circuits and Power Systems
Field Theory
Dynamic Systems
Solid and Structures
Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Systems

Programme Year Three

You study both compulsory Mechatronics and Robotic Systems modules and optional modules chosen from a wide ranging list of advanced topics. Also you must undertake an extended individual project eg the development of electronic traction control for automotive applications using a fuzzy logic controller. The compulsory modules are:

Project Management
Engineering Systems
Embedded Computer Systems
Digital Control and Optimisation
Industrial Robotics & Automated Assembly

You can choose the optional modules from:

Signal Processing and Digital Filtering
Digital System Design
Electronics for Instrumentation and Communications
Integrated Circuits – Concepts and Design
Application Development with C++
Photonics & Optical Information Systems
Organic Electronics
Digital Control
Power Generation, transmission and distribution
RF Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics
Electromagnetic Compatibility

Also, up to two modules can be chosen from:

Advanced Modern Management
Total Quality Management

Career opportunities

Our degrees have excellent career prospects: 90% of graduates go on to graduate level jobs. Graduate employers include Siemens, BAE Systems, BT and Guardian Media Group. Careers are many and varied and include Design Engineer, Systems Engineer, Medical Physicist, Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Radio Frequency Scientist. Some of our graduates go on to work in the industrial sector, in government and in education, whilst others enter non-technical professions such as banking, accountancy, management and law.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States