Mechatronics and Robotics MSc(Eng)

(Full time) 2016 start

Overview

Mechatronics, robotics and autonomous systems represent a range of important technologies which underpin many applications – from manufacturing and automation through to self-driving cars and robotic surgical tools.

Delivered by the Schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computing, this programme will equip you with the specialist knowledge and wide range of skills to pursue a career in this dynamic field.

Core modules will give you a foundation in the many applications of mechatronics and robotics and develop your understanding of the wide range of industry sectors that use robotics. You’ll also build research skills with a major project in fields as diverse as robot swarms, sensing systems, bio-inspired robots and surgical robotics.

Diverse optional modules will allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans, guided by academics whose teaching is informed by their own world-class research.

Specialist facilities

The Faculty of Engineering is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn in specialist facilities. These include an ABB robotic manufacturing cell, the Embedded Systems Lab, the Keysight Technologies Communications Lab, the National Instruments LabVIEW Academy, and computer clusters with a very wide range of industry-standard CAD/CAE/CAM software packages.

The three Schools that deliver this programme collaborate in research projects within the themes of surgical robotics, rehabilitation robotics, exploration robotics and future cities.

Course content

Three core modules act as the foundations of the course, developing your understanding of key aspects of mechatronics and robotics and how they fit into the context of the full range of industrial sectors and rapidly-developing everyday applications.

Mechatronics and Robotics Applications will look at the challenges, problems and solutions involved in integrating components such as actuators and computer control into modern engineering systems in domains such as healthcare and the automotive industry.

To build your understanding of the global industry and career opportunities, you’ll also complete a dissertation in a topic of your choice. This is supported by a series of lectures that cover the principles of globalisation, industry sectors, manufacturing, business models, teamwork skills and entrepreneurship. This could take the form of a business, manufacturing or outsourcing plan, a proposal for research funding or an essay on a specific aspect of the industry.

Over the summer months you’ll also work on your research project. This gives you the chance to work on a project allied to one of our research groups, spanning an exceptionally wide range of areas ranging from computer vision and artificial intelligence through robotic communications, sensing and embedded systems to mechanical design, industrial inspection, biomedical engineering and surgical robotics.

You’ll complete your studies by selecting from a range of optional modules that allow you to focus on topics that suit your personal interests or career intentions. You could build your understanding of computational methods, medical robotics, control systems design and more.

Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the 2016 Mechatronics and Robotics module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take three compulsory modules and select six further optional modules.

Compulsory modules
- Industry Dissertation (15 credits)
- Mechatronics and Robotics Applications (15 credits)
- Professional Project (75 credits)
Optional modules (choose up to 75 credits)
- Bio-Inspired Computing (15 credits)
- Power Electronics and Drives
- Electric Drives (15 credits)
- FPGA Design for System-on-chip (15 credits)
- Control Systems Design (15 credits)
- Embedded Microprocessor System Design (15 credits)
- Medical Electronics and E-Health (15 credits)
- Automotive Driveline Engineering (15 credits)
- Engineering Computational Methods (15 credits)
- Biomechatronics and Medical Robotics (15 credits)

For more information on typical modules, read Mechatronics and Robotics MSc(Eng) in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in electronic/electrical engineering or a related subject.

We will consider applicants with a 2.2 in a relevant specialist field such as mechatronics, robotics, automation, control systems or combined electronic and mechanical engineering.

All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science and Engineering B (6 weeks) and Language for Science and Engineering A (10 weeks).

How to apply

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Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Engineering Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2016

Fees

UK/EU: £10,000

International: £19,000

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

The Faculty of Engineering and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships

Career opportunities

Mechatronics and robotics is a multidisciplinary field with a strong future, exciting career opportunities and a huge range of applications in robotics, manufacturing, automation, automotive engineering, aerospace, healthcare and medicine, leisure & entertainment and many more.

After graduating from this course, you will be in a good position to seek employment as a development, project or graduate engineer with leading organisations such as GCHQ, JN Bentley, Oilger Towler Ltd, Airbus UK, Avesta, Crosslee Plc, ABB Ltd, AWE, Ricardo, APV Baker, Jaguar Land Rover and Jacobs Engineering.

Careers Support

You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.

The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Projects

The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research, hardware or software development that is focused on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific career interests.

Recent projects by students on this programme have included:

  • ABB robot arm with Kinect control
  • Swarm robotics for mapping and inspection
  • Smart bioleg
  • Exoskeleton design, construction and test
  • Pick-and-place assembly robot
  • Design and characterisation of vehicular ad-hoc networks in a motorway scenario
  • Robot Jungle
  • Node positioning and localisation in wireless sensor networks
  • Multiple antenna transmission and OFDMA for WiMax
  • Modelling and control of a DC motor simulating a wind turbine
  • Radio telescope
  • Optimised control of autonomous air vehicle for indoor navigation
  • High frequency sensing
  • Ultrasound sensing for pipeline inspection
  • Surgical inspection robot
  • Therapy and tissue repair laparoscopic tools
  • Capsule robotics for diagnosis and surgery


A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.