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. Using the latest tools and our specialist labs, you’ll follow the same route as BEng students, but in your extra year you’ll study advanced modules such as sustainability and smart systems engineering, manufacturing strategy and embedded control systems.

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

Why choose this course?

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, engineering applications of mathematics.

Second Year: You will study digital design and embedded systems, dynamics, CAE, further engineering mathematics, data acquisition and control systems, structural mechanics, integrated engineering systems design, and project management and product development.

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

Final Year (3rd or 4th): You will study digital signal processing, control systems, operating systems and object oriented programming, individual major project, intelligent systems and robotics, micro-engineering and micro-technology, and mechatronics design.

Final MEng Year: You will study successful project delivery, human resource management, sustainability and smart systems engineering, team project, manufacturing strategy, and embedded control systems. 

Recent Electrical Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Vodafone, Mitsubishi Electric and Stansted Airport

Professional Accreditations

The MEng Electronic Engineering and Mechatronics course is accredited by IET and CEng and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for the cohort intakes from 2017 to 2018.

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.

What job can I get?

Because of the wide-ranging applications of the technology involved in this area, employment prospects are excellent. Our graduates have the skills, knowledge and potential to work in almost any engineering company in the UK or internationally. As an MEng graduate, you can expect to be in a senior managerial position within a few years.

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.

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


  • Year 1
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Computer Programming for Electronics Engineers 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Skills Development 0 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Manufacturing Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Materials and Electrical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Practical Safety for Engineers 0 Credits Compulsory
    Mechanical Science (EE) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Electronic Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Application of Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Year 2
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Digital Design & Embedded Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Structural Mechanics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Integrated Engineering Systems Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechatronic Systems Modelling and Control 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Aided Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Project Management & Product Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Planning 0 Credits Compulsory
    Further Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Exchange Year 120 Credits Optional
    Exchange Semester 60 Credits Optional
  • Year 3
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Signal Processing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Intelligent Systems and Robotics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Operating Systems and Object Oriented Programming 15 Credits Compulsory
    Careers Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Micro-Engineering & Micro-Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechatronics Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Individual Major Project 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Year 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Human Resource Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Manufacturing Strategy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainability and Smart Systems Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Embedded Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Successful Project Delivery 15 Credits Compulsory
    MEng Team Project 45 Credits Compulsory
  • 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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    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
    120 BBB - Requires Maths and Physics or Technology or Engineering based subjects, excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking Not accepted

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 4 Years
    • Part Time, 8 Years
    • Sandwich, 5 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    26/09/202119/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    26/09/202119/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    25/09/202125/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students