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Mechatronics MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Learn to effectively communicate across a range of disciplines to deliver optimised engineering solutions using a multidisciplinary mechatronics approach. Developed to meet the needs of a demanding industry, this course is accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), meaning you will graduate with a widely recognised qualification.

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Overview

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.  

Key features

  • 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.

 

“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

 

Scholarships

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

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

Start Date: September
January (18 month duration)

Course code: H73071

Fees and funding:

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

For 2021/22 full-time fees will be £8,170 per year.

For 2021/22 entry, part-time fees will be £680 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
January (18 month duration)

Course code: H73071

Fees and funding: 

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

 

 


For 2021/22 tuition full-time fees will be £16,100 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

Facilities

Our main mechanical laboratory is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also hosts an area with machine tools for the manufacture of student designs. 

Engine test cell

This purpose-built engine testing facility measures engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels, such as biofuels, to test performance and emission characteristics.

Energy  laboratory

Equipped to teach a wide range of thermo-fluid applications including air-conditioning and heat-pumps, this laboratory also enables students to conduct fundamental experiments such as measuring thermal conductivity.

Materials science laboratory

Boasting a range of tools for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment includes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile testing, fatigue testing, wear testing, corrosion testing, hardness testing and impact testing.

 Dynamics and control laboratory

A laboratory dedicated to the study of gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending and more.

Design Studios

You will also have access to computer laboratories  equipped with CAD and Finite Element Modelling Software. The primary packages used are CREO and AUTODESK Simulation for FEA modelling.  

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement. 

Engineering students have previously secured placements with firms such as Cummings, Network Rail and Caterpillar. 

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Previous Mechatronics students had the chance to explore the application of aerodynamics in wind turbines at a three-day workshop at Lodz University of Technology in Poland. During the trip, students also visited the Science and Technology Centre at the former Lodz power plant. Student Nicola Falciani said: “It was an amazing experience, especially eye-opening to see how and what engineering students study in Poland.” 

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Graduate careers

Multidisciplinary engineers are sought-after worldwide in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, manufacturing and product development.

The diverse variety of specialist modules on the course prepare students for these industries, and provide opportunities to pursue careers in areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control. Our recent engineering graduates are working for companies such as Toyota, Cummins Generator Technologies, Ricardo (McLaren Performance Engines), and JCB.

This degree also acts as a springboard for students wishing to continue their studies by pursuing an MSc in Mechatronics.

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DMU Global

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. 

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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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