About the course

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. Topics include engineering mathematics, mechanical science, computer-aided engineering, and the mechanics and properties of materials.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

Why choose this course?

  • You will have access to the best equipment: specialist laboratories 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.
  • 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

Key staff

Dr Howard Ash

Professional Accreditations

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

Course details

Careers

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.

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.

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.

Final Year (3rd or 4th):  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.

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.

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.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Skills Development 0 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Manufacturing Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Programming for Electronics Engineers 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Electronic Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Materials and Electrical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechanical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Applications of Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Electrical Engineering and Power Control 15 Credits Compulsory
    Structural Mechanics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Data Acquisition and Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Project Management and Product Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Integrated Engineering Systems Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Aided Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Planning 0 Credits Compulsory
    Further Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechanics and Properties of Materials 15 Credits Compulsory
    Careers Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Micro-Engineering & Micro-Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Noise and Vibration Analysis 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechatronics Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    BEng Individual Project (Mechanical) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Power Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Industrial Placement 0 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Semester Abroad 0 Credits Optional
  • 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

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1625 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    104 BCC - Requires Maths and Physics or Technology or Engineering based subjects, excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking DMM - Requires Extended Diploma in Engineering (DMM) to include Distinction in Further Maths

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202126/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students