Mechatronics MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

This course focuses on enabling you to become proficient in communicating across a range of different disciplines, delivering optimised engineering solutions using an integrated multidisciplinary approach.

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Reasons to study Mechatronics at De Montfort University:

  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
    ensuring you will benefit from the highest quality teaching, and graduate with a recognised qualification
  • Graduate employability
    Mechatronic engineers are in high demand as more industries seek to apply advances across a range of engineering disciplines
  • Enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities
    including dedicated mechanical, electrical and electronic laboratories especially suited for mechatronics, as well as an for the manufacture of student designs
  • Industry placement opportunity
    you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further
  • Excellent graduate prospects
    graduates enjoy exciting career opportunities in a range of fields such as  robotics and automation, manufacturing, aerospace, material processing, energy and power.
  • Academic and Research Expertise
    You will benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff, who are active in research in innovative technical development and often in consultation with industry. Our research informs our teaching, ensuring the course content covers current industry topics and issues.

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.

“During my time on the course I furthered my knowledge in programming, mechatronic systems, dynamics and control and digital signal processing. I also developed my skills in research, communication, leadership and machining. The course challenged me to improve from every aspect, which has given me the skills to do well in my chosen career path.”

Matthew Cooper, graduate



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Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), two years part-time.

Start Date: September

Course code: H73071

Fees and funding:

For 2020/21 full-time fees will be £7,920 per year.

Part-time fees will be £660 per 15 credits.

EU Students: Find out about student loan information and scholarships.

Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), two years part-time.

Start Date: September

Course code: H73071

Fees and funding: 

For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £14,600 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.



Whilst the University tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.

Where changes are made the University will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.

In cases where programmes are changed or discontinued the University will send a communication to you electronically and/or by hard copy outlining your options.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise


First semester (September to January)

Mechatronics Systems Engineering and Artificial Intelligence
introduces you to model-based system engineering and the mechatronic philosophies of design. It provides the essential tools and rules for analysis of systems and integrated design concepts and evaluation techniques. The students will also be acquainted with the tools and skill necessary for the design and development of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.

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.

Engineering Business Environment
enable students to understand and reflect upon the role of business in a rapidly changing, globalised world. The opportunities and threats for an industrial business arising from environmental policy, legislation and societal change will be identified. The steps a business can take to respond to the environmental challenges ahead; for example, through supply chain management, logistics, life-cycle analysis, green accounting and carbon trading will be explored.

Choose 1 out of  the 3 optional modules:

  1. Advanced Computer Aided Design & Finite Element Analysis - gives students a hands-on insight into the role of computers in the design and manufacturing process. This module will further the students’ knowledge of CAE by looking at how advanced simulation techniques can be used to design and manufacture sustainable engineering components following international standards.

  2. Digital Manufacturing - provides an insight into a variety of digitally controlled manufacturing processes that convert computer models directly into physical objects and the design techniques suitable for digital manufacturing processes. 

  3. 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 design and development.

Second semester (February to May)

Study Skills and 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. It will cover: understanding the research of others, literature reviewing, research planning, research methods, data interpretation and analysis, research ethics and intellectual property and report writing.

Choose 3 out of the 5 optional modules:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Robotics
    provides the knowledge and skills necessary to research, design, build and operate an industrial robotic system. The concepts and tools for modelling, simulating, and controlling robots will be introduced. Current and future industrial applications of robotic technology, and the use of robots in the manufacturing and service industries, and other field applications will be explored.

  4. Advanced 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. The module is supported by MATLAB tutorials and laboratory experiments concerned with computer control of a typical mechatronic system.

  5. Systems Operations Management
    to enable students to critically understand the role effective operations management has in a success of a firm. In managing manufacturing or service operations several types of decisions are made including operations strategy, product design, process design, quality management, capacity, facilities planning, production planning and inventory control. Operations management is thus about procurement, production, distribution, warehousing, and retailing, with the objective of creating competitive advantage for the enterprise.

Individual Project (June to September)

The Individual Project aims to introduce students to the discipline of a research and development project carried out in a restricted time frame. It will involve planning and organisation; research, design and development; application, analysis, evaluation, and presentation. The project would be in an area relevant to mechatronics, where clear evidence of the ability to solve a real multidisciplinary problem is demonstrated. 



Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials and laboratories. You will be expected to undertake self-directed study.





Contact and learning hours

For taught sessions you will attend eight modules with a total of 48 hours (four hours per week for 12 weeks each), with eight hours per module per week of average additional self-directed study. For the individual project you normally will spend 13 weeks working five days (eight hours per day) a week to complete it, and have one hour per week contact time with your supervisor.


Academic staff teaching on this course are part of the school’s Institute of Engineering Sciences. As part of your studies, you will be offered opportunities to work on projects with researchers within the faculty that are engaged in high-class, leading-edge research, industrial collaboration and consultancy with industry.





Facilities and features


Students will have flexible access to our laboratories and workshops, this includes the main mechanical laboratory, an open-plan area with machine tools and CNC machines for manufacture of student designs. Other laboratories used include dynamics and control lab, collaborative robot, and 3D printing facilities. The CAD design suites shared among the mechanical, electronics and design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist tools such as Mathlab/Simulink, Labview, CREO, OrCAD and PSpice.

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.  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, embedded drives, surface mount PCB assembly equipment also provided.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and 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.

Library services

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 DMU Global, 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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 



Graduate Careers

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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