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Mechatronic Systems Engineering MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGH730
Start
October 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,700 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Mehmet Karamanoglu
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We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

New digital technologies are transforming the workplace as companies improve their operational efficiencies and grow using new hybrid business models. This Master's degree develops your career with this in mind, giving you the knowledge and skills to develop and work with the next generation of smart technologies.

Why study MSc Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Middlesex University?

This course is designed for science and technology graduates as well as experienced engineers who wish to update their skills in the emerging areas of smart factories and smart cities, utilising Industry 4.0 technologies.

Designed to meet the evolving demands of the industry, the course is backed by Festo, National Instruments and Siemens and is supported by the Sector Skills Council SEMTA. As a result, you will learn using the latest technologies from these organisations and work on real industry challenges.

It recognises that graduates will have different levels of skills and a variety of interests related to this subject, so has been specifically designed to take a portfolio approach. This allows you to work on a wide range of projects to build your knowledge and experience specific to your own ambitions.

Course highlights

  • The Industry-backed course has been jointly developed with our industrial partners to teach the very latest topics in Mechatronic Systems Engineering
  • 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
  • Opportunity to focus on a particular technological aspect and specialise or take a broader view of the technologies involved
  • State-of-the-art networking facilities using the latest wired and mobile solutions
  • All the essential software needed to study the course is provided, including STEP-7, LabVIEW and SolidWorks
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Access to campus-based facilities will depend on Covid-19 related restrictions in place at the time. In some instances, remote access to campus facilities or equivalent online facilities may be used instead.


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What will you study on the MSc Mechatronic Systems Engineering degree?

This course will focus on both hardware and software issues, bringing these together using a systems approach within the context of mechatronics. You will focus on discrete technologies, integrating technologies into mechatronic systems, and carrying out system performance analysis and optimisation. In preparing the course, Festo, National Instruments and Siemens have all provided significant input to shape the content and make it directly relevant to industry using Industry 4.0 practices.

What will you gain?

Developed in partnership with industry for industry, this course is designed to lead to employment, in sector and on graduation. The course benefits from support that spans over 20 years of partnership with industry.

The course is developed in stages, taking a portfolio approach. Throughout the project stages you'll gain an understanding of essential concepts and the ability to work with discrete technologies, before developing your ability to integrate these technologies into mechatronic systems, and carry out system performance analysis and optimisation. In the final stage of the course, you'll apply your knowledge and specialise in your chosen area through your individual project, with the chance to gain industry experience by working with a partner in the UK or abroad.

Modules

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • Modules

    • Mechatronics Systems (Hardware and Software Portfolio) - 60 credits - Compulsory

      The main aim of this module is to introduce students to core technologies involved both in hardware and software technologies. These include robotics and automation equipment provided from Festo used in automotive, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage; control systems (PLCs & HMIs) provided by Siemens and software systems such as LabVIEW provided by National Instruments as well as others.

    • Mechatronics Systems (Systems Integration Portfolio) - 60 credits - Compulsory

      This module will introduce systems necessary to integrate the hardware and software systems along with sensors (or sensor networks) to form Smart Factories, making use of various network protocols (wired and mobile) along with the relevant safety and security systems.

    • Individual Project - 60 credits - Compulsory

      This module consolidates the knowledge and advanced skills gained in the preceding part of the programme and provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate mastery in undertaking projects on your own.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc Mechatronic Systems Engineering taught?

The course is taught through a series of practical workshops as well as self-directed study in three phases lasting 12 weeks each.

Each three-month block covers one of the 60-credit modules, with each block broken into smaller chunks so that various subjects can be covered. You will also have a choice of topics throughout the modules, leading to an individualised learning experience.

Specialist facilities have been developed on campus exclusively for this degree and you will be taught how to use them by a number of experienced staff as well as specialists seconded from the industry partners involved in creating the programme. Access to campus-based facilities will depend on Covid-19 related restrictions in place at the time. In some instances, remote access to campus facilities or equivalent online facilities may be used instead. In addition, there are technical tutors and Graduate Academic Assistants to support the individual student during and after formal class situations.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with larger lectures delivered online and available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes, the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Term 1: Online teaching only

Course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

12 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

28 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

N/A

Term 2 onwards (from January): Blended teaching

Course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

6 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

28 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

N/A

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

6 hours

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching  with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Mechatronic Systems Engineering support your career?

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to progress into a career in a wide range of automation industries in roles such as:

  • Automation engineers
  • Security engineers for cyber-physical applications
  • Specialist practitioner in Internet of Things industry

You'll also be equipped to work in the emerging areas of smart factories and smart cities, utilising Industry 4.0 technologies.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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