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BEng Mechatronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

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Embedded Systems project Year 2
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.

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.

Special features

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Where Ideas Come to Life

In our new Home of Engineering and Materials, we’re ripping up the rule book to offer a truly innovative teaching and learning experience. You’ll have access to world-leading sustainable research facilities and some of the most unique, industry-leading equipment and instrumentation in the sector to meet today’s requirements and those of the future. Explore  Our Home for Engineering and Materials .

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

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.

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. 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.

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
Electronic Materials EEEN10021 10 Mandatory
Circuit Analysis EEEN10121 10 Mandatory
Digital System Design I EEEN10131 10 Mandatory
Electronics Project EEEN10141 10 Mandatory
Measurements & Analytical Software EEEN10151 10 Mandatory
Microcontroller Engineering I EEEN10202 10 Mandatory
Energy Transport and Conversion EEEN10212 10 Mandatory
Electromagnetic Fields EEEN10222 10 Mandatory
Electronic Circuit Design I EEEN10232 10 Mandatory
C Programming EEEN10242 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 EEEN20011 10 Mandatory
Engineering Management EEEN20051 10 Mandatory
Digital Systems Design II EEEN20121 10 Mandatory
Signals and Systems EEEN20131 10 Mandatory
Machines, Drives & Power Electronics EEEN20212 10 Mandatory
Electronic Circuit Design II EEEN20222 10 Mandatory
Control Systems I EEEN20252 10 Mandatory
Applied Mechanics & Industrial Robotics EEEN20282 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
Mobile Robots and Autonomous Systems EEEN30072 10 Mandatory
Power Electronics EEEN30121 10 Mandatory
Mechatronic Analysis & Design EEEN30151 10 Mandatory
Control Systems II EEEN30232 10 Mandatory
Sensors & Instrumentation EEEN30242 10 Mandatory
Individual Project EEEN30330 30 Mandatory
Commercial Technology Development MCEL30102 10 Mandatory
Numerical Analysis EEEN30101 10 Optional
Data Networking EEEN30111 10 Optional
Concurrent Systems EEEN30141 10 Optional
High Speed Digital and Mixed Signal Design EEEN30171 10 Optional
Digital Signal Processing EEEN30201 10 Optional
Transmissions Lines & Optical Fibres EEEN30212 10 Optional
Electrical Drive Systems EEEN30262 10 Optional
Independent Study and Technical Explanations EEEN31001 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
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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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

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

Facilities

Come to our Home of Engineering and Materials - a place like no other. This is where engineers, material scientists and fashion students collaborate, innovate and make their mark on the world. Unleash your potential in our creative, academic playground that signals the evolution of a proud history of innovation spanning almost 200 years.   

In this very special place, we’re ripping up the rule book, offering you a truly innovative teaching and learning experience. As well as our creative classrooms, you’ll also have access to world-leading sustainable research facilities in our new buildings.  

Our variety of space allows for greater collaboration for all our students, and it is the place to connect and tackle real-life challenges together. So, a chemical engineer could be sat alongside a materials scientist working on clean water, or bump into a fashion student developing their own sustainable brand, or an aerospace engineer sending a rocket into space. It is a place like no other for interactions and one of the biggest communities of engineers and materials scientists in any University in the world.   

Dive into a world of possibilities, whether you are interested in aerospace, robotics, or sustainable fashion, there’s a home for you here. 

Explore  Our Home for Engineering and Material Science

What's more, 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: 

  • National Instruments Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory 
  • High Voltage Lab  
  • Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre 
  • Oxford Instruments VG Semicon Molecular Beam Epitaxy facility 
  • National Graphene Institute  

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