Mechatronics and Robotics MEng, BEng

(Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2016 start

Overview

Mechatronics integrates electronics with mechanical design to create intelligent systems. The transport, health, entertainment and service industries are among many that are benefiting from advances in the field.

This unique multidisciplinary course offers you the opportunity to study the most exciting aspects of electronics, mechanical design and artificial intelligence and apply them to the design and manufacture of sophisticated intelligent systems.

It’s delivered jointly by the schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computing, building on the cutting-edge research being carried out in the EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, which we host on campus. You’ll use industry-standard software and lab facilities and undertake project work in every year, equipping you with the knowledge and skills for a professional career in this exciting sector.

You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree on this course.

Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng

The £4 million EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems specialises in assistive robotics, surgical technologies, exploration robotics and smart cities. This research feeds directly into teaching, meaning you can benefit from access to the latest developments in your subject.

Find out more about the EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems

Specialist facilities

You’ll have the chance to gain experience of a wide range of industry-standard software and hardware, including ABB industrial robot arms, RobotStudio, LabVIEW in the National Instruments Academy, SolidWorks3D design in the CAD suite, and electronic design and testing in the Keysight Technologies laboratory and the ARM Embedded Systems laboratory.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited electronic engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IET and IMechE.

The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.

The BEng is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for CEng status. A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Course content

You’ll study a wide variety of core modules in your first two years, giving you a solid foundation across different disciplines. Topics will include circuit theory, analysis and design, digital electronics, solid mechanics, design and manufacture, embedded systems and power electronics, among others. You’ll also see how mechanics, electronics, computer engineering and intelligent control can come together in the development of mechatronics and robotic systems.

In Year 3 you’ll develop this knowledge in a more specialised direction. You’ll study embedded systems and key issues in robotics and machine intelligence, as well as choosing from optional modules that apply your knowledge to areas such as computer vision or biomedical engineering design. An individual project will allow you to focus on an engineering problem in depth.

If you continue to Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you’ll be introduced to different applications of robotics and mechatronics and benefit from an even broader choice of optional modules. You could focus on automotive driveline engineering, machine learning, electric drives or medical robotics among others. You’ll also develop your understanding of the industry through a dissertation, and complete a substantial team project.

Projects

Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.

Find out more about our Projects

Course structure

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

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Circuit Analysis and Design 20 credits
  • Circuit Theory 10 credits
  • Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics 10 credits
  • Further Engineering Mathematics 10 credits
  • Physical Electronics 1 10 credits
  • Design and Manufacture 1 20 credits
  • Solid Mechanics 20 credits
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Electronic Circuit Design 10 credits
  • Embedded Systems Project 20 credits
  • Mobile Applications Project 20 credits
  • Vibration and Control 20 credits
  • Design and Manufacture 2 20 credits
  • Mechatronics and Robotics Systems 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Artificial Intelligence 10 credits
  • Power Electronics 10 credits
Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Professional Studies 10 credits
  • Embedded Systems 20 credits
  • Individual Engineering Project 50 credits
  • Robotics and Machine Intelligence 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Intelligent Systems and Robotics 20 credits
  • Electric Drive Systems 10 credits
  • Electric Power Systems 10 credits
  • Biomedical Engineering Design 20 credits
  • Vehicle Design and Analysis 20 credits
Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Industry Dissertation 15 credits
  • Team Project 60 credits
  • Mechatronics and Robotics Applications 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Bio-Inspired Computing 15 credits
  • Machine Learning 15 credits
  • Power Electronics and Drives 15 credits
  • 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
  • Biomechatronics and Medical Robotics 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Mechatronics and Robotics MEng, BEng in programme catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Mechatronics and Robotics BEng in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes, project work, and industrial visits allow you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. Together they will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in a good position to compete in science and technology-related careers. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.

Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.

In addition, our excellent student support team is based close to where you’ll work and study to help with anything from academic advice to timetabling and project submission enquiries.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by more than one component. These components can include written examinations held at the end of each year, in-class and online tests, example sheets, assignments, and coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including Mathematics) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.

  • BTEC

    D*DD, including a D in Further Mathematics, plus Grade A for A-level Mathematics.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 overall (18 higher including 5 points at higher level in Mathematics)

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    A1A1A2A2A2A2, including Mathematics and English.

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AAAAA overall (AAA at advanced level including Mathematics) including Mathematics and English at Intermediate level.

  • Other Qualifications

    Engineering Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

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.

Next steps

Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You’ll take part in a hands-on electronic demonstration, a question and answer session and a school tour. The tour of the school’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities and recent project work.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

Fees

UK/EU: TBC

International: TBC

Fees are published in the September before the year of entry. They will be updated here after this date.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

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

Graduates are in great demand, with exciting career opportunities in an exceptionally wide range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, energy, transport, healthcare, security and defence, aerospace, emergency services, agriculture, even the entertainment and creative industries.

You will find our graduates in positions such as graduate engineers, development engineers and project engineers within organisations such as the Government Communication Service Headquarters (GCHQ), JN Bentley, Oilger Towler Ltd, Airbus UK, Avesta, Crosslee PLC, ABB Ltd, Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Ricardo, APV Baker, Toshiba, S.K Robotics, Microlab Devices, Unilever and Jacobs Engineering.

Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working

Careers Support

You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Find out more about careers support and employability

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

If you choose to take the MEng course, you can apply to spend your third year studying at a university overseas. We’ll advise you on finding a university of your choice, which will need to offer similar modules to the ones you would study in Leeds, and the Programme Leader will approve appropriate matches.

Find out more about Study abroad

Work placements

With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake a placement at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months and on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.

Find out more about work placements