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Mechatronics BEng/MEng

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Code
BEng: H730
MEng: HR30
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
BEng: 3 years full-time
MEng: 4 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Vaibhav Gandhi

Gain the practical training and project experience to become an accomplished Mechatronics engineer – a multi-disciplinary designer at the forefront of the manufacturing and production revolution.

Why study BEng/MEng Mechatronics at Middlesex University?

Mechatronics at Middlesex is available as either a three-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and a four-year Master of Engineering (MEng).

The degrees produce professional and competent multi-disciplinary engineers capable of meeting the challenges and opportunities arising in contemporary industrial and commercial practice. You will focus on developing systems that control physical motion such as those found in robotic applications and industrial automation, using the latest industry hardware and software equipped in our labs and workshops.

To support your career success, you will build a professional portfolio of work throughout your degree and receive regular guest lectures and project feedback from industry professionals, with the option of spending a year on industry placement.

Flexible programme design

Our suite of Design Engineering courses share a common first year of study, which enable students to experience all aspects of engineering. Depending on your interests, you can then continue with the Mechatronics Engineering degree or transfer to one of these specialist honours programmes:

Course highlights

  • You will be encouraged to enter prestigious design engineering competitions to enhance their experience and career prospects
  • Our dedicated facilities in the new Ritterman Building open in Autumn 2016 and are equipped with industry standard equipment in electronics, mechatronics, robotics and networking solutions
  • All the essential software needed to study the course is provided, including STEP-7, LabVIEW and SolidWorks
  • A year-long work placement is available as part of the course
  • You will extend your industry knowledge through our series of weekly guest lectures delivered by some of the UKs leading design experts and companies
  • If you apply for our four-year MEng course you will gain a masters qualification as soon as you successfully complete your undergraduate degree
  • Whichever pathway you choose, you can change to another after your first year. You can also change onto the main Design Engineering pathway after your second year if desired
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Our degree is seeking accreditation by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). Meeting the requirements of the IED will mean this degree will fully meet the academic standards of Chartered Engineer (CEng), which enables you to apply for CEng status after gaining suitable experience in an engineering role.

What will you study on the BEng/MEng Mechatronics?

Whether you opt for the BEng Mechatronics or MEng Mechatronics you will study a broad range of engineering disciplines including systems, mechanical, electrical, computer and control engineering.

In addition to the fundamentals of design engineering the degrees specialise in mechatronics and robotics, with specific emphasis on the latest industrial automation and control technologies. Throughout the degree you will learn to model, simulate and design mechatronic systems while gaining significant experience working with the software architectures necessary to do this.

The MEng Mechatronics degree allows you to specialise further and give you the option to study new and emerging areas in Mechatronics. You will demonstrate your advanced skills and mastery of the area by working on a team project in your chosen specialism.

What is the difference between the BEng and MEng course?

There are two honours degree programmes available for each area of study – a three-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and a four-year Master of Engineering (MEng).

Both degrees share a common first year but due to the advanced nature of the MEng programme students must demonstrate they have the high level knowledge and skills required at the end of year 2 and 3 to progress on the programme.

You must apply direct to either the BEng and MEng, but you can also choose to change programme. You must apply for the MEng in Year 1 if you want to guarantee your student loan will cover the fourth year of fees.

BEng modules

  • Year 1

    • Design Engineering Projects 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of modelling and prototyping processes and techniques in order for you to successfully complete a number of projects. You will learn to use a range of workshop machinery to accomplish this and the projects will require you to develop and use a variety of problem solving skills and to utilise knowledge gained from other taught modules.

    • Formal Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of tools and techniques available to support efficient application of mathematics to engineering design.

    • Physical Computing: Electronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of electronics. You will develop a range of practical skills, attitudes and techniques required to construct electronic circuits successfully.

    • Physical Computing: Programming (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to write computer programmes in response to a given brief which will respond to and control physical devices and processes.

  • Year 2

    • Control Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of control systems and explains the principles of feedback control. The module also develops your ability to analyse techniques for designing and modelling controllers to solve real world problems based on block diagrams and transfer functions, and to use such techniques in the context of engineering design.

    • Design Engineering Projects 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to carry out engineering projects and will give you the opportunity to apply them, together with knowledge and skills from other modules, in practical projects.

    • Engineering in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of engineers in various contexts outside your subject specialism. These would cover issues such as recognising obligations to society, the profession, the environment and commitment to professional standards. The module will also cover other wider issues such as globalisation (global manufacturing, operating in global markets, cultural issues, financial concerns, risk etc) and its impact on business operations.

    • Robotics and Mechatronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the concepts and theory of operation that lie behind mechatronic devices and systems. You will gain experiential understanding of the effect that design has on these mechatronic devices through construction, programming, demonstration and analysis. This module will also develop realisable solutions to real world situations and develop your practical capability in the design and realisation of mechatronic systems using appropriate hardware and software. You will also develop a wider knowledge of application of robotics in the real world.

  • Year 3

    • Mobile Robotics and Manipulators (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will develop your understanding on the modelling, simulation, design, selection and programming of robotic manipulators and mobile robots. You will gain an understanding of kinematics, dynamics and control of mechatronic and robotic systems as well as practical experience of programming a manipulator. You will gain practical experience of working with software architectures for complex robotic systems and will develop an understanding of issues in mobile robotics such as mapping and navigation.

    • Design Engineering Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of self-directed engineering design using the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme. The module will provide the opportunity to engage in the project over an extended period and allow you to make a significant personal contribution to all phases of the engineering design and development process appropriate to the goals of your programme.

    • Industrial Automation and Control (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of current approaches and practical techniques used in industrial automation and control and to be aware of the use of modern automation and its influences on design engineering practice.

MEng modules

  • Year 1

    • Design Engineering Projects 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of modelling and prototyping processes and techniques in order for you to successfully complete a number of projects. You will learn to use a range of workshop machinery to accomplish this and the projects will require you to develop and use a variety of problem solving skills and to utilise knowledge gained from other taught modules.

    • Formal Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of tools and techniques available to support efficient application of mathematics to engineering design.

    • Physical Computing: Electronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of electronics. You will develop a range of practical skills, attitudes and techniques required to construct electronic circuits successfully.

    • Physical Computing: Programming (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to write computer programmes in response to a given brief which will respond to and control physical devices and processes.

  • Year 2

    • Control Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of control systems and explains the principles of feedback control. The module also develops your ability to analyse techniques for designing and modelling controllers to solve real world problems based on block diagrams and transfer functions, and to use such techniques in the context of engineering design.

    • Design Engineering Projects 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to carry out engineering projects and will give you the opportunity to apply them, together with knowledge and skills from other modules, in practical projects.

    • Engineering in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of engineers in various contexts outside your subject specialism. These would cover issues such as recognising obligations to society, the profession, the environment and commitment to professional standards. The module will also cover other wider issues such as globalisation (global manufacturing, operating in global markets, cultural issues, financial concerns, risk etc) and its impact on business operations.

    • Robotics and Mechatronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the concepts and theory of operation that lie behind mechatronic devices and systems. You will gain experiential understanding of the effect that design has on these mechatronic devices through construction, programming, demonstration and analysis. This module will also develop realisable solutions to real world situations and develop your practical capability in the design and realisation of mechatronic systems using appropriate hardware and software. You will also develop a wider knowledge of application of robotics in the real world.

  • Year 3

    • Mobile Robotics and Manipulators (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will develop your understanding on the modelling, simulation, design, selection and programming of robotic manipulators and mobile robots. You will gain an understanding of kinematics, dynamics and control of mechatronic and robotic systems as well as practical experience of programming a manipulator. You will gain practical experience of working with software architectures for complex robotic systems and will develop an understanding of issues in mobile robotics such as mapping and navigation.

    • Design Engineering Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of self-directed engineering design using the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme. The module will provide the opportunity to engage in the project over an extended period and allow you to make a significant personal contribution to all phases of the engineering design and development process appropriate to the goals of your programme.

    • Industrial Automation and Control (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of current approaches and practical techniques used in industrial automation and control and to be aware of the use of modern automation and its influences on design engineering practice.

  • Year 4

    • Design Engineering Dissertation (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to further develop your research skills and written communication, and to develop your ability to build and articulate an evidence-based argument. It will also develop your ability to devise commercialisation strategies.

    • Embedded Multimedia Systems (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to specify, design and implement embedded multimedia systems and will give you the opportunity to gain familiarity with current multithreaded operating systems for mobile devices. Many modern embedded systems (e.g. smart mobile phones, consumer products, medical devices) need to handle multimedia content such as images, video and sound and must be able to communicate with wireless networks.

    • Advanced Topics in Mechatronics (30 credits) - Optional

      This module allows you to study, in depth, an advanced topic in mechatronics. The subject of the module will change periodically reflecting the interests of staff in the department, and the interests of the students studying it. The module mirrors the dynamic nature of mechatronics and how it is applied, and serves to illustrate the ever-changing character of the subject. This module will allow you to encounter cutting edge areas of mechatronics.

    • Team Project (60 credits)

      This module aims to contextualise, exemplify and consolidate the analytical and technical knowledge and skills in relevant subject areas through engineering group projects. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop your competence in undertaking group projects and engaging in formal project management. It also aims to develop your abilities in problem solving, team working, written and oral presentations.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BEng/MEng Mechatronics support your career?

This course opens the door to a varied career in an exciting industry. Our degree prepares you for work in mechatronics engineering as well as several areas including design engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering. We encourage you to develop a commercial approach to engineering via supported live projects with industrial partners.

As a BEng/MEng Mechatronics graduate you will have excellent career prospects; the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Some graduates also choose to continue onto further study.

Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us:

Design Engineer
A Design Engineer role includes researching and developing ideas for new products and systems, and improving those that already exist. Design Engineers work in a wide range of industries on a variety of products and services.

CAD Technician
A Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) Technician uses software to develop design plans such as floor plans, buildings plans and exhibition layouts. CAD Technicians may also work on product designs which are then sent to engineers to create prototypes.

Automation EngineerAn automation engineer’s role may include designing, programming, simulating and testing automated machinery and processes to complete a task precisely.

Mechanical Engineer
A Mechanical Engineer works on the design, development and maintenance of mechanical components, systems and machinery. A Mechanical Engineer can work in a range of industries where mechanical systems are used.

Work placements

Work placements increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. You can further develop your interpersonal skills, build your confidence, and make contact with industry leaders. By making a good impression during your placement year, you greatly increase your chances of securing a job with the company after graduation. Research shows that 70% of placements result in a graduate job offer.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Vaibhav Gandhi
Course leader for Design Engineering programmes

Vaibhav joined the department in 2013, and is currently the course leader for Design Engineering suite of programmes. He is actively involved in research areas as brain-computer interfaces, biomedical signal processing, computational intelligence, computational neuroscience, use-centric graphical user interfaces, and assistive robotics.

Other courses

Design Engineering BEng/MEng

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: BEng: 3 years full-time, MEng: 4 years full-time

Code: BEng: H15A, MEng: H15B

Electronic Engineering BEng/MEng

Start: October 2018

Duration: BEng: 3 years full-time, MEng: 4 years full-time

Code: BEng: H611, MEng: HP10

Robotics BEng/MEng

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: BEng: 3 years full-time, MEng: 4 years full-time

Code: BEng: H6R1, MEng: H671

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