BEng Mechatronic Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

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Embedded Systems project Year 2

Mechatronics is the marriage of mechanical engineering with smart electronics and is vital to subjects such as industrial automation and robotics. 

To interact with an object, a mechatronic system must know where the object is, be able to move the object and place it in the required new position.  The electronics require information from sensors that can detect position, orientation, and visual or audio signals.  The electrical inputs from the sensors have to be interpreted and the appropriate signals sent out to the actuators to perform the required operation.  A good understanding of feedback control is also required to be able to make changes in the system from one steady position to another without oscillations or unpredictable movements.

In this course you will learn the techniques necessary for the design and implementation of such intelligent mechatronic systems.

There are many reasons why we encourage students to spend a period in industry during their undergraduate degree course. Time in industry will develop your business, team-working and transferable skills - all of which are sought after by graduate employers. Industrial experience will increase your awareness of the broad range of careers on offer and guide your choice of option subjects.

Special features

NI Lab
National Instruments sponsored Laboratory which you will use in your first, second and third year of study.
  • You will be taught by academics working on the cutting edge of research solving the world's biggest challenges.
  • You will meet your personal tutor on a weekly basis to supplement your learning from lectures and laboratory sessions.
  • Practical application and project work is a strong theme throughout our course; it's the best way to prepare you for working in industry upon graduation.
  • The first three semesters of our undergraduate courses share the same content.  This gives you the opportunity to transfer between Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Mechatronics up until half way through your second year.

Teaching and learning

In your first year of study there is approximately a 50:50 split between your contact time and independent study; about the same as expected when studying for A-levels. 

In subsequent years this split changes to a greater amount of independent learning with the split being approximately 33:67 in the third year.  This does not mean that less help is available; part of being an independent learner is knowing who to ask when you need to find something out, our staff are there to help.  This leads you to becoming an independent learner, as would be expected of an education process that is preparing you for graduate employment or study towards a higher degree.

Contact time could be in a lecture, example class, tutorial, laboratory class and sometimes may be on line (email/e-learning/web blog...).  All of these activities enable you to interact with us to ensure that you have the best possible learning experience.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of most course units is by examination combined with an element of course work, such as marked laboratory work or marked examples. Substantial projects are assessed by written reports, presentations and demonstrations.

Course unit details

Each course unit is reviewed annually, taking into account feedback from our students and our industrial advisory group, to ensure that we deliver the most appropriate material.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Microcontroller Engineering I EEEN10018 10 Mandatory
Electronic Materials EEEN10022 10 Mandatory
Circuit Analysis EEEN10024 10 Mandatory
Digital System Design I EEEN10026 10 Mandatory
Energy Transport and Conversion EEEN10027 10 Mandatory
Electromagnetic Fields EEEN10028 10 Mandatory
Electronic Circuit Design I EEEN10029 10 Mandatory
Electronics Project EEEN10034 10 Mandatory
C Programming EEEN10036 10 Mandatory
Measurements & Analytical Software EEEN10038 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1E1 for EEE MATH19681 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1E2 MATH19682 10 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Microcontroller Engineering II EEEN20019 10 Mandatory
Machines, Drives & Power Electronics EEEN20020 10 Mandatory
Digital Systems Design II EEEN20023 10 Mandatory
Electronic Circuit Design II EEEN20025 10 Mandatory
Signals and Systems EEEN20027 10 Mandatory
Control Systems I EEEN20030 10 Mandatory
Engineering Management EEEN20051 10 Mandatory
Applied Mechanics & Industrial Robotics EEEN20054 20 Mandatory
Embedded Systems Project EEEN21000 20 Mandatory
Mathematics 2E1 MATH29681 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Individual Project EEEN30033 30 Mandatory
Control Systems II EEEN30041 10 Mandatory
Power Electronics EEEN30042 10 Mandatory
Sensors & Instrumentation EEEN30043 10 Mandatory
Mechatronic Analysis & Design EEEN30054 10 Mandatory
Mobile Robots and Autonomous Systems EEEN30072 10 Mandatory
Sustainable Commercial Development MCEL30102 10 Mandatory
Numerical Analysis EEEN30002 10 Optional
Data Networking EEEN30024 10 Optional
Digital Signal Processing EEEN30029 10 Optional
Transmissions Lines & Optical Fibres EEEN30036 10 Optional
Concurrent Systems EEEN30052 10 Optional
Digital Mobile Communications EEEN30069 10 Optional
Electrical Drive Systems EEEN30070 10 Optional
High Speed Digital and Mixed Signal Design EEEN30075 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 16 course units for year 3

Additional fee information

If you are a home (UK) or EU student applying to study a qualification that is at an equivalent level to, or lower level than one that you have already been awarded, you may not be eligible for funding for your fees or living costs.

Equivalent or lower qualification (ELQ) fee information

Scholarships and bursaries

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offer a number of scholarship options.
  • The Beatrix Shilling Scholarship worth £6,000 per annum
  • The Power Academy Scholarship worth £2,750 per annum
  • The UK Electronics Skills Foundation Scholarship worth £1,000

For a full list and more information go to the Undergraduate Scholarships page

What our students say

student quote

Mechatronic engineering offers the synergistic combination of mechanics, electrical and electronics.

Which, when combined, make it possible to bring to life the devices, contraptions and robotics that have taken shape in my imagination.

John Samarasinghe / BEng Mechatronic Engineering with Industrial Experience

We consistently receive positive feedback from our students as can be seen by the excellent scores that we receive in the National Student Survey (NSS) . You can read what our current students have to say on the Department blog site .

Facilities

Our strong, ever-growing links with industry not only help to inform our courses, but also boost our excellent teaching and research facilities which include:

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk