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Mechatronic Systems Engineering MSc

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October 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£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 for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

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.

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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

    • 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

      The Individual Project module is a self-proposed piece of work that enables the individual to specialise in an area that is of interest to them. The project is supervised as one-to-one and allows you to work alone, in a research group or in industry in the UK or abroad.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. 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 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. In addition, there are technical tutors and Graduate Academic Assistants to support the individual student during and after formal class situations.

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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.

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