Mechatronics and robotic systems involves technologies in mechanical engineering, electronics, electrical engineering, control engineering and computing.
Remotely operated vehicles on Mars, programmable washing machines at home and automated robots at manufacturing assembly lines are just some examples of mechatronics and robotic systems.
These products are essentially mechanical in nature but could not function without electrical and computer control systems. There are also numerous automotive applications; modern high performance cars have more than 100 computers hidden in the engine management system, anti-lock brakes, active suspension control and elsewhere. Engineers with experience in mechatronics and robotic systems are therefore in high demand.
Programme in detail
In the first year of this programme you study the fundamentals of digital computers, electronic and electrical circuits and mechanical engineering. You will also take modules in mathematics, computer programming in C and information technology. The second year builds on this knowledge with lecture modules covering topics such as dynamic systems, engineering structures, digital electronics, microprocessor systems and control systems.
Project work will develop your ability in teamwork, leadership and independent problem solving. In the final year you will take compulsory modules covering the fundamentals of mechatronics and robotic systems. This includes modules covering topics such as embedded computer systems, drives and industrial robotics. With the optional modules of your own choice, you can develop your skills in a particular area in which you are interested. The final year includes an individual project.
A recent example of a final year project was the development of electronic traction control for automotive applications using a fuzzy logic controller.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
94 Year One undergraduates in 2016
90% of our graduates who are in employment six months after graduating, have a professional or managerial job (Unistats)
National Student Survey
• 90% of students agree staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)
• 90% of students are ‘satisfied’ with their programme (National Student Survey 2016)
Why this subject?
Equip yourself to take advantage of excellent career prospects
We work closely with top employers in the development of our programmes so that all of our undergraduate programmes will give you the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Emphasis is given to the basic principles of electrical/electronic engineering together with information technology, both software and hardware, and you will use industry standard tools, technologies and working methods ensuring you are industry ready.
Be prepared for the global workplace
The technology economy is truly global and transcends borders. We offer outstanding opportunities for our students to experience different systems, technologies and cultures through placements with the Study Abroad programme and take advantage of our international University partnerships, including studying at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.
Gain real hands-on experience
Often working closely with leading technology companies, you will work on individual and group projects throughout your studies. Our approach is to enable you to mature through the practical application of concepts and theory, always with awareness of their relevance to the real world. You will take projects from conception, through to design, implementation and operation and there are many opportunities to put your learning into practice through an optional year in industry.
Thrive within our friendly environment
Our supportive and friendly environment is reflected in our high overall student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey). Your personal development and employability skills are reinforced in the supportive small group environment of our fortnightly tutorial sessions.
Apply for generous scholarships
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) offers generous scholarships worth up to £1,000 per year. More details can be found at www.theiet.org/awards.
Benefit from our excellent facilities
You’ll study in our £2 million refurbished teaching laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities for robotics and digital systems.