This course may be available through clearing

If you already have your exam results, meet the entry requirements and hold no offers, then you may be able to apply to this course now.

Contact the admissions team

If you're waiting for your results, then sign up to our clearing alerts to get all the information you need ahead of results day.

Sign up now

MEng Mechatronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

We understand that prospective students and offer-holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Read our latest coronavirus information

Course description

Switch on your career in mechatronic engineering at Manchester, a university with a prestigious engineering history - and a bright focus on the future. Mechatronics, the marriage of mechanical engineering with smart electronics, is vital to subjects including 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 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. 

In the final year you will also complete a team project directly funded by industry or inspired by industrial needs. Past projects have included developing an instrumented training wheelchair for para-athletes, creating a new core infrastructure for a robot orchestra, and developing a cyber-secure electricity management system in smart cities.

Aims

  • You will learn robotics, mechatronics, and autonomous system technology and how to incorporate an electronics nervous system into other engineering systems and devices.
  • We will provide ample opportunity for practical application and project work. These are strong themes throughout our course.
  • You will be taught by academics working on the cutting-edge of research, helping to solve the world's biggest challenges.
  • In the final year you will undertake a team project either directly funded by industry or based on industrial needs.

Special features

NI Lab
National Instruments sponsored Laboratory which you will use in your first, second and third year of study.

Industry-inspired team project

In the final year you will undertake a team project that is either directly funded by industry or inspired by industrial needs - providing the experience and skills you need before taking your next career step.

Regular, close support

In addition to regularly meeting your academic advisor, you will also enjoy a close relationship with your project tutor, meeting on a weekly basis to supplement your learning in lectures and lab sessions.

Excellent facilities

With access to an extensive range of leading facilities , you will get hands-on with industry-standard equipment - improving your knowledge and skills, and preparing you for work post-graduation. Our flagship facilities include a new High Voltage Lab , Photon Science Institute , and the brand new teaching and research engineering  buildings .

Options and flexibility

The first three semesters of our undergraduate courses share the same fundamental engineering contents. This gives you the opportunity to transfer between electrical and electronic, electronic and mechatronic engineering up until halfway through your second year. The third year syllabus is flexible to suit your specialism interests.

Teaching and learning

At Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in Mechatronic Engineering, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including: 

  • Lectures
  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Tutorial classes 
  • Practical work sessions  
  • PASS sessions and peer mentoring 

Some activities will be delivered face-to-face and others online, following a blended learning approach.  The course material is delivered by a mixture of live lectures and pre-recorded videos, with additional examples provided to consolidate your knowledge and answer technical questions. 

Tutorial and practical work sessions facilitate an interactive learning experience as well as allowing you to develop critically important practical engineering skills. All these activities enable you to interact with us and have the best possible student experience. A typical week in your first year of study will comprise of approximately 40 hours of activity, of which approximately 19 hours will be timetabled study and 21 hours will be independent or self-directed study. Given the strong practical elements in this course, a typical week will include 4 to 6 hours of hands-on practical work.

The course contains strong practical elements: a year-long practical build project of an electronic device in Year 1, a year-long practical build project of an embedded system in Year 2, a year long individual project in Year 3 and an industrially related year-long engineering team project in Year 4.

As you progress from Year 1 to Year 4, you will gradually develop into an independent learner and we will facilitate this progression by increasing the amount of self-directed study time, during which you will have opportunity to work on the project work as well as having the freedom to decide what aspects of the course you want or need to focus more on.

In your third year of study, between 25 and 30 hours each week will typically be independent study. In your fourth year of study, between 30 and 39 hours each week will typically be independent study, with the latter for the project-only weeks. You will be supported by staff through all of your independent study, and this transition to being able to explore your own ideas through project work is an important attribute of a graduate engineer.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring

We're proud of our innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support around the current week's tutorial. It's entirely voluntary and consists of second, third and fourth-year current students helping first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

More about blended learning  

Some of your activities will be synchronous, where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate - helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be asynchronous, where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).

We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

Coursework and assessment

The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework exercises, laboratory reports, written examinations, online tests and examinations, presentations and practical demonstrations. You will also have many opportunities to self-assess your progress using online quizzes and tutorial exercises.

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
Commercial Technology 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
Electrical Drive Systems EEEN30070 10 Optional
High Speed Digital and Mixed Signal Design EEEN30075 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20032 10 Optional
Understanding Mental Health UCIL20112 10 Optional
AI: robot overlord, replacement, or colleague? UCIL20122 10 Optional
Trust and Security in a Digital World: From Fake News to Cyber Criminals UCIL20132 10 Optional
From Antarctica to Outer Space: Surviving and Thriving in Extremes UCIL20142 10 Optional
Are We Alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial Life UCIL20211 10 Optional
Creating a Sustainable World: 21st Century Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals UCIL20311 10 Optional
Digital Society: Your Place in a Networked World UCIL26002 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 23 course units for year 3

Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

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
Team Project EEEN40035 60 Mandatory
Advanced Technology Enterprise for EEE MCEL40011 15 Mandatory
Nanoelectronic Devices and Nanomaterials EEEN40053 15 Optional
Digital Control & System Identification EEEN40110 15 Optional
Process Control & Model Predictive Control EEEN40112 15 Optional
Robotics & Autonomous Systems EEEN40115 15 Optional
Antennas and RF Systems EEEN40121 15 Optional
Machine Learning & Optimisation Techniques EEEN40151 15 Optional
Multi-Sensor Signal Processing & Imaging EEEN40175 15 Optional
Digital Image Processing EEEN40177 15 Optional
Microwave Circuit Principles and Design EEEN40183 15 Optional
Solar Energy Technologies EEEN40421 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 4

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 University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our Department funding pages .

What our students say

student quote

The course teaches both academic and practical skills. In the very first semester we design PCB layouts and learn how to solder.

At the same time we work on a shared project which also helps to build communication skills. This style of learning is beneficial as you quickly learn real skills which will be useful in industry.

Ben Scott / BEng Mechatronic Engineering
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering blog .

Facilities

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

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services , helping you get the most out of your studies.

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