MEng Mechatronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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

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Industry-inspired team project

Final year students 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

During the first year, you will be supported by unit-specific tutors, who hold weekly small-group sessions to discuss questions related to your course. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to engage with  our award-winning Peer Assisted Study Session scheme  which allows you to interact with 2nd and 3rd Year students. You will also be assigned an Academic Advisor, who will offer you support in terms of your academic progression and career development. 

Excellent facilities

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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 the High Voltage Lab and Photon Science Institute .

Options and flexibility

The first three semesters of our undergraduate courses share the same content. This gives you the opportunity to transfer between electrical and electronic, electronic and mechatronic engineering up until halfway 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 when studying for A-levels.

In subsequent years this split changes to a greater amount of independent learning, with the split being approximately 30:70 in the third year and 20:80 in the fourth. This does not mean that less help is available; our staff are here to help.

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

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 autonomous embedded system in Year 2, and a year-long practical research project in Year 3 and an industrially related year-long engineering team project in Year 4.

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
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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
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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
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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 .

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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.

Manchester's Engineering Campus Development, MECD. 

Get ready to collaborate, create and innovate in a brand-new £400m purpose-built building which will allow you, our future engineers and material scientists, to come together and make your mark on the world. The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will officially open from September 2022 and will include hundreds of flexible teaching and learning spaces with unrivalled world-class research facilities - whatever your inspiration, with MECD the possibilities are endless.   

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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