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Mechatronics BEng/MEng (Hons)

Explore topics including embedded systems, 3D design, robotics and AI, digital electronics and dynamics and control on this multidisciplinary course. You will graduate equipped with in-demand skills and the confidence to face real-world engineering situations.

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Overview

Mechatronics covers the integration of mechanical, electronic and intelligent control sub-systems to realise a complete system, which may be a product, machine or process. The multidisciplinary nature of Mechatronics employs design principles, processes, models, toolsets and philosophy unique to Mechatronics Engineers which enable the design and development of simpler, more economical and reliable systems. Mechatronics engineers are in short supply, and enjoy highly versatile careers due to their multidisciplinary skills.

The course covers a unique balance of key analytical subjects and professional skills, ensuring that you graduate well-equipped to face challenging engineering situations in industry. The management skills necessary to operate successfully as a multidisciplinary engineer in industry are promoted and developed at all stages of the course.

You can study Mechatronics either as a three-year BEng (Hons) programme, or as a four-year integrated master’s. At the end of year three, you have the option of graduating with a BEng or continuing your studies for a further year for a MEng, subject to meeting the progression requirements.

Key features

  • Benefit from dual accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)*, which will help you start your journey towards Chartered Engineer status.
  • Be guided by experienced academic staff who help you gain a sound understanding of engineering principles along with transferable professional skills that will enable you to embark on a rewarding career.
  • Learn in dedicated facilities, including our large, open-plan mechanical engineering laboratory designed to accommodate the study of thermofluids, solid mechanics and dynamics; specialist laboratories in material science, dynamics and control, as well as an Engine Test Cell.
  • Gain invaluable experience and explore professional opportunities with a 12-month work placement. Mechatronics students have undertaken placements as Engineering interns with large organisations such as Rolls Royce, and with our own DMU Racing team.
  • Gain hands-on experience and meet like-minded people from across the School of Engineering and Sustainable Development by joining our thriving student societies, such as DMU Flyers, Electronics Club and DMU Racing.
  • Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Engineering students have previously investigated feats of skyscraper engineering in New York and explored the BMW Motorrad factory in Berlin.

*Due to delays relating to the pandemic, we are currently undergoing the process of renewing our accreditation and expect to have this in place for the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.

 

"I have developed a wealth of transferable skills and on-the-job training which will help me when I graduate."

Olutunde Banjo, Mechatronics BEng (Hons) graduate

 

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Engineering Year Zero Foundation

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS code: 
BEng: HH36
MEng: H675

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and workshops. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which for this programme could include the following:

Printing Club: A £7 one-off payment is required to cover the whole course of study. This cost will provide you with access to a 3D printer and other small homemade printers.

Institution code: D26

UCAS code: 
BEng: HH36
MEng: H675

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and workshops. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which for this programme could include the following:

Printing Club: A £7 one-off payment is required to cover the whole course of study. This cost will provide you with access to a 3D printer and other small homemade printers.

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
      • Normally 112 UCAS points (120 for MEng) from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics at grade 4 or
      • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM (DDM for MEng)

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course:
    • Access to HE Engineering
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering Science and Mathematics
    • Physics and Engineering
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Electronics and Computer Engineering

If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Mathematics or Physics please contact us for more details.

English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points with Mathematics or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) 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.

 

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditations 

 

 

First year

  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Mechanical Principles - Statics
  • Mechanical Principles - Dynamics
  • Electronic Circuits and Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Mechatronics CAE and Programming Fundamentals

Second year

  • Applied Electronics
  • Electromagnetics
  • Project Management
  • Introduction to Control Engineering
  • Embedded Systems Fundamentals
  • Product Design
  • Mechanical Vibrations
  • Engineering Mathematics III

Third year

Core modules:

  • Individual Project 
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Embedded Systems
  • Model Based Systems Integration
  • Fundamentals of Power Electronics
  • Machines and Mechanisms

Optional modules:

  • Bioengineering
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Design for 3D Printing

Fourth year (MEng):

  • Group Project
  • Engineering Business Environment
  • Programming and Software Engineering
  • Microprocessor Applications and Digital Signal Processing
  • Machine Vision, Robotics and Flexible Automation

Optional modules:

  • Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
  • Advanced CAE & FEA
  • Systems Operations Management

See more detailed module information.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

The course is taught by knowledgeable, experienced staff who will help you gain a sound understanding of engineering principles along with the interpersonal skills that will enable you to embark on a rewarding career.

A variety of techniques are used throughout the course with an emphasis on lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory classes. Student-centred learning takes place through the research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises to develop your skills and understanding.

The course has a unique balance of key analytical subjects and professional skills, ensuring that you graduate with the confidence to face challenging engineering situations in industry. The management skills necessary to operate successfully in modern industry are promoted and developed at all stages of the course.

You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake around 20 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Students who successfully graduate with this degree may, with the appropriate further learning, meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

The BEng (Hons) programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)* and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

*Due to delays relating to the pandemic, we are currently undergoing the process of renewing our accreditation and expect to have this in place for the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.

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Facilities and features

Mechanical Engineering facilities

 

The Mechatronics engineering facilities include the following three main laboratories:

 

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

 

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

Equipment in this laboratory allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending, etc.

The design studios have many computer laboratories available with CAD and Finite Element Modelling software. The primary packages used are CREO and AUTODESK Simulation for FEA modelling. Students will be using these design software tools from their first year of study. 

Electronic Engineering Laboratory

Electrical and electronic experimental facilities are divided into specialised areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, electrical smart grids and control systems engineering. Each facility is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment. An additional CAD design suite provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools, including KiCAD, and LTSpice.

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 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms, together with high speed programmable logic development environments. 

Power generation, transmission, distribution, conversion, drives and control are catered for in our power and control laboratories, equipped for experimentation from the component level to the systems level. Control laboratories are equipped with LabVIEW based control boards along with the MATLAB and Simulink package. Industrial control units, based on the Allen Bradley MicroLogix820 controller, and enable students to perform a comprehensive range of PLC programming tasks using a conveyor belt/pneumatic sorting application.

Our Embedded Systems lab is provisioned with state-of-the-art Rhode and Schwarz equipment for the design, development and testing of both analogue and microcontroller-based systems.

Robotics Laboratory

The new robotics laboratory includes a wide range of robots used in research and industrial applications. From small size Dobot Magician Arm to middle size Cobot (collaborative robot) Franka Emika to a larger robotic arm UR5, we have robotic arms of various sizes equipped with different end-effectors (Robotiq, OnRobot, Vacuum suction) that can be used in various industrial settings and tasks. In addition, the robotics laboratory has a mobile robot (Turtlebot) for service robot applications.

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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Graduate Careers

Multidisciplinary engineers are sought after, and expect significantly enhanced job prospects worldwide. The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers on offer. You could go into industries including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy as well as large manufacturing industries and domestic/consumer product industries.

You will also be able to work in areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control.

Recent graduates are now working for large companies such as DB Sander.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

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 overseas opportunities in the future.

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course through DMU Works, and can boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job.

We have links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

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