Mechatronics and robotic systems involves technologies in mechanical engineering, electronics, electrical engineering, control engineering and computing.
Remotely operated vehicles on Mars, driverless cars 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
110 Year One undergraduates in 2018
96% are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
Why this subject?
Equip yourself to take advantage of excellent career prospects
We work closely with industry leaders to develop all of our programmes. Building on the core principles of electrical/electronic engineering, you will develop advanced skills in hardware and/or software design and implementation, gaining experience with industry standard tools, technologies and working methods.
Be prepared for the global workplace
We offer outstanding opportunities for our students to experience different systems, technologies and cultures through Study Abroad placements.
Gain real hands-on experience
You will learn through the practical application of concepts and theory, always with awareness of their relevance to the real world. Working with leading tech companies, 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.
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.
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.
Be part of an institution which is leading the way in new technologies
From our Sensor City joint project with Liverpool John Moores University, to the new Centre for Plasma Microbiology, to our pioneering work on cyber security and organic electronics, the work of the department is leading the way in providing technological solutions to modern problems.