Mechatronics MEng (Hons)

This course in Mechatronics gives you the opportunity to become a professional engineer with sound analytical proficiency in mechanical, electronics and software engineering, such as embedded systems, dynamics and control and system integration. These will be complemented by management skills necessary to work as a multi-disciplinary engineer in modern industry.

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Reasons to study Mechatronics MEng (Hons) at De Montfort University:

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • 97.3% of DMU graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Mechatronics was awarded 98% Overall Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017
  • Enhance your skills with an integrated master’s
    This course can be studied as a three year BEng (Hons) or a four year MEng (Hons) degree, allowing you to continue your study with a number of modules at master’s level in year four, to further develop your skills and enhance your employability 

  • Taught by experienced staff
    Who will help you gain a sound understanding of engineering principles along with personal skills that will enable you to embark on a rewarding career 

  • Specialist facilities
    Including a large, open plan mechanical laboratory designed to accommodate the study of thermofluids, solid mechanics and dynamics, with specialist laboratories in material science, dynamics and control as well as an Engine Test Cell 

  • Further enhance your professional skills by joining DMU Racing
    Our students are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car, which is then tested at the famous Silverstone Circuit Our weekly Electronics Club covers further practical electronics, in a structured social and educational club for students from across the faculty

  • Work placement opportunities
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at Cummings, Network Rail and Caterpillar 

  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.

Mechatronics MEng addresses theoretical and practical aspects of digital electronics, embedded systems, programming and dynamic systems, giving you the mathematical knowledge to analyse these using manual calculations and computer-aided methods.

The duration of the MEng programme is four years and the BEng programme is three years. At the end of year three you have the option of exiting with a BEng degree or continuing for a further year, subject to meeting the progression requirements for the MEng degree.

At the end of year two, you have the option of undertaking a placement year in industry, which will extend the respective programme by a further year.




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Mechatronics MEng (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H675

Duration: Four years full-time, five years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

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

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H675

Duration: Four years full-time, five years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.


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

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 120 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics at grade C or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DDM or
  • 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: 30+ 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 we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

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 changes

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


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




 *Course is subject to validation and change*

First year

  • Engineering Maths 1
    Mechanical Principles - Statics
    Electronic Circuits and Systems
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    Engineering Maths 2
    Mechanical Principles - Dynamics
    Design and Manufacture
    Electronics CAE and Programming Fundamentals

Second year

  • Applied Electronics
    Embedded Systems I
    Instrumentation and Control
    Engineering Mathematics 3
    Product Design Analysis
    Design of Mechanical Elements
    Project management


Third year

  • Individual Project (30 credits)
    Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
    Advanced Embedded Systems
    Power Electronics and Generation I
    Model Based Systems Integration
    Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

MEng year

  • Industrial project (30 credits)
    Engineering Business Environment

Choose 5 optional subjects from:

Digital Manufacturing
Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing
Systems  Operations Management
Computer Aided Design and FE analysis
Machine Vision, Robotics and Flexible automation
Microprocessor Applications and Digital Signal Processing
Embedded Systems
Power Electronics


The course is taught by knowledgeable, experienced staff who will help you gain a sound understanding of the engineering principles along with the personal skills that will enable you to complete your studies successfully and 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 research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises for development of skills and understanding.

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

The individual project in Year three will consolidate your theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the first two years. You will learn to implement project management, research and analysis techniques culminating in an individual project to complete your three years of study to BEng Level. Typical examples of mechatronic projects are: design and development of rail track inspection system, an automated guided vehicle for flexible manufacturing system, design and development of an underwater robot.

The final year Group Project in the MEng year provides you with the opportunity to work on an engineering project as part of a multidisciplinary team, which will be similar to that found in industry. The project will enable you to integrate aspects of mechanical and electronic engineering and you will learn to use a systems approach to multi-disciplinary problems. Your technical competencies will be complimented by managerial skills in practising project management, leadership, risk management, as well as in social, and environmental aspects.

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


Facilities and features

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. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.

Engine Test Cell

There is a purpose built engine testing facility to measure engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects done in this facility include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics. 

Energy Laboratory

A new energy laboratory is also available to conduct thermo-fluid experiments relevant to mechanical engineering.  The laboratory contains equipment to teach wide range of thermos-fluid applications such as Air-Conditioning, Heat-pumps and various fundamental experiments such as measurement of thermal conductivity.   

Martials Science Laboratory

The materials laboratory houses a wide range of facilities for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment incudes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile testing, fatigue testing, wear testing, corrosion testing, hardness testing and impact testing. 

Dynamics and Control Laboratory

This is a dedicated laboratory for the study of dynamics and control, equipment in this laboratory allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending etc.

Design Studios

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

Electronic Engineering Laboratory

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 are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for R.F. engineering.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Multidisciplinary engineers are sought after in industry, and can expect significantly enhanced job prospects worldwide.You could work in industries including aerospace, defence and energy as well as manufacturing industrial and domestic products, pharmaceuticals, furniture and foods. Recent graduates are now working for companies such as DB Sander.



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.


DMU Racing

Students can take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe's most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car and the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills. 

You can join either the petrol DMU Racing team or the electric team DMU FaStER and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event. These student teams speak to the passion and creativity of the student body providing an unforgettable experience during your study and putting you in good stead for the future.


Students can also take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe's most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car. You can join either team and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event.

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