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
  • Work with leading research groups
    you will be offered opportunities to work on projects with research groups within the faculty, including the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Mechatronics, that are engaged in high-class, research and industrial collaboration and consultancy
  • Course content relevant to modern day practice
    our research informs our teaching, ensuring the course content covers current industry topics and issues
  • 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.

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 Vice-Chancellor's 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)

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.



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.


Research is carried out by the Mechatronics Research Centre, which holds a considerable number of UK and EU research project grants and has collaborative research links with more than 100 national and international organisations. The group is internationally regarded and specialises in machine design, control and simulation, fluid power systems and motion control.




As part of your studies, you will be offered opportunities to work on projects with research groups within the faculty that are engaged in high-class, leading-edge research and industrial collaboration and consultancy.

During the project element of the course, the Intelligent Machines and Automation Systems (IMAS) Research Laboratory provides access to dedicated research facilities

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.

Learning zones

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.

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.



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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