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Mechatronics brings together precision mechanics, electronics, controls and computer engineering through a process of integrated design. It involves creating a wide range of technologies such as sensors, actuators, interface hardware, control systems, software, and analogue and digital electronics. The applications for these technologies affect all our lives and can be found everywhere: aircraft, cars, trains, healthcare, materials processing, advanced manufacturing systems, defence systems, consumer electronics and more. This course gives you a broad understanding of mechatronics but with more focus on the mechanical engineering aspects. During your MEng year, you’ll study advanced modules in embedded control systems and the dynamics and performance of mechanical systems.

Why choose this course?

  • This MEng degree has an excellent reputation with industry;
  • You will have access to the best equipment: specialist laboratories, an aerodynamics laboratory with five wind tunnels of varying speeds; and CAE software
  • Our staff have a wealth of industrial experience which gives an applied approach to their teaching and their contacts prove invaluable to graduates seeking employment
  • Your MEng studies involve an extra year and will provide you with a broader and deeper understanding of the subject.
  • Students from the School of Engineering and Technology have previously completed work placement years at companies including: BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd, Bosch Thermotechnology, and Microsoft
  • Recent Mechanical Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Ocado, Ford and General Electric

What job can I get?

Mechanical engineering graduates are highly sought after around the world. Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have everything it takes to work in virtually any engineering company in the UK and internationally. MEng graduates can expect to be in senior managerial positions within a few years.

Key staff

Dr Howard Ash

Professional Accreditations

The MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics course is accredited by RAes and IMechE and satisfies, in full, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2020.

Course details


Employment prospects are excellent, with graduates having the flexibility to work in almost any engineering company in the UK or abroad.  MEng graduates can expect to be in senior managerial positions within a few years.

More about the course

Mechatronics is a synergistic combination of precision mechanics, electronics, controls, and computer engineering, combined through a process of integrated design. Thus it involves being able to handle a wide range of technologies in sensors, actuators, interface hardware, control systems, analogue and digital electronics, software engineering, and concurrent design.  Applications are extremely wide ranging – covering, for example the aerospace industry, road vehicles and trains, medical engineering, materials processing, advanced manufacturing systems, defence systems and consumer electronics. Graduates may therefore expect employment across a very wide range of engineering companies. This programme lays greater emphasis on the mechanical engineering aspect of the discipline.

Teaching methods

The school has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The school also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

You will learn to handle a wide range of technologies in sensors, actuators, interface hardware, control systems, analogue and digital electronics, software engineering, and concurrent design.

First Year:  You will study introduction to electronic systems, materials and electrical science, introduction to manufacture technology, engineering mathematics, computer programming for electronics engineers, mechanical science, introduction to design and engineering applications of mathematics.

Second Year:  You will study electrical engineering and power control, dynamics, computer-aided engineering, further engineering mathematics, data acquisition and control systems, structural mechanics, integrated engineering systems design, project management and product development.

Third Year:  You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement.

Fourth Year:  You will study power systems, control systems, mechanics and properties of materials, micro-engineering and micro-technology, noise and vibration analysis, mechatronic design, and an individual major project.

Final Year (4th or 5th):  You will study successful project delivery, human resources management, dynamics and performance of mechanical systems, team project, embedded control systems and Quality, Reliability and Maintenance.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Electronic Systems - 15 Credits
  • Mechanical Science - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Electrical Engineering and Power Control - 15 Credits
  • Structural Mechanics - 15 Credits
  • Dynamics - 15 Credits
  • Integrated Engineering Systems Design - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Mechanics and Properties of Materials - 15 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits
  • Micro-Engineering & Micro-Technology - 15 Credits
  • Noise and Vibration Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Mechatronics Design - 15 Credits
  • MEng Individual Project (Mechanical) - 30 Credits
  • Power Systems - 15 Credits


Level 7

Core Modules

  • Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Embedded Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Successful Project Delivery - 15 Credits
  • Quality Reliability & Maintenance - 15 Credits
  • MEng Team Project - 45 Credits
  • Dynamics and Performance of Mechanical Systems - 15 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

120 - 168 UCAS points.  

BTEC, Advanced Diploma and Access not accepted. 

A levels to include Maths  and either Physics or Technology or Engineering based subjects excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking. 

IB - 120 points from a minimum of 3 HL subjects at grade 5 or above to include HL Maths and Physics (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered: 

- GCSE English language grade 4 or above
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Find out more about International entry requirements.

Find out more about International entry requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


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29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
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