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Mechatronics and Robotics BEng

Learn about the course below
October 2023
3 years
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Quoc-Tuan Vien

The BEng Mechatronics and Robotics programme offers a strong understanding of Artificial Intelligence, automation systems, Industrial Internet of Things as well as mechatronics for real-time systems through practice-based learning.

With waves of new technology, the opening of application areas and in response to changes in industrial focus and interest, this programme in the area of automation engineering, offers fresh technological content and opportunities for practice-based skills development.

What does our degree do?

The programme combines Mechatronics and Robotics aspects by introducing students to the science and technology of design, implementation and maintenance of industry-used software and hardware components for modern automation systems with a network of intelligent devices.

The programme will prepare students with a set of theoretical knowledge skills by providing a solid background into the theories and principles of computing, mathematics, science and engineering as well as a set of practical skills by applying these theories and principles in solving real-world technical engineering problems.

Why study BEng Mechatronics & Robotics at Middlesex University?

The degree produces professional and competent multi-disciplinary engineers capable of meeting the challenges and opportunities arising in contemporary industrial and commercial practice.

You will explore all aspects of engineering to get a broad understanding of robotics, design, electronics, mechatronics and networking solutions. Using the latest hardware and software, including LabVIEW, MATLAB, SolidWorks, NX and STEP-7, you will also learn to develop systems that control physical motion – such as the ones you’ll find in robotic applications and industrial automation.

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 BEng Mechatronics & Robotics Engineering degree or transfer to the BEng Design Engineering degree.

Our weekly guest lectures give you the chance to enhance your industry knowledge and build contacts with some of the industry’s leading experts and companies. They’ll also give you the help, advice and feedback you need to start building your professional portfolio while you study.

Our London location gives you access to industry contacts, work experience opportunities and the chance to showcase your work at design engineering competitions. You will also have the option to get a feel of industry with a paid, year-long work placement.

Course highlights

  • You will be encouraged to enter prestigious design engineering competitions to enhance your experience and career prospects.
  • Our dedicated facilities in the new Ritterman Building opened in Autumn 2016 is equipped with industry standard equipment in mechatronics, robotics, electronics and networking solutions.
  • All the essential software needed to study the course is provided, including STEP-7, LabVIEW, MATLAB 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.
  • You can change your programme onto the BEng Design Engineering pathway after your first year, if desired.
  • As a student of this course you will receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
  • We will seek accreditation of your degree by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) as we‘ve done successfully with our other engineering programmes.

Professional accreditations

Our BEng Robotics, BEng Mechatronics and BEng Design Engineering programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). This means that these degrees fully meet the IED’s academic standards of Chartered Engineer (CEng), which enables you to apply for CEng status after gaining suitable experience in an engineering role. The BEng Mechatronics & Robotics degree is a new programme with the first cohort starting in Sep 2022, and we intend to apply for IED accreditation for this new programme during the third year of the programme (2024-25). IED accreditation is normally backdated to include all cohorts of students on a new programme.

What will you study on BEng Mechatronics and Robotics?

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 degree specialises 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.

You will specialise in the area of automation; learning how to model, simulate, design and programme a wide range of mechatronics and robotic systems while gaining an in-depth experience of the industry-specific software architectures used for complex industrial systems. The course provides a range of practical skills and knowledge required for mechatronics and robotics engineering, including how to engineer systems and develop sensory processing for autonomous robotics.

  • Year 1

    • Design Engineering Projects 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of modelling and prototyping processes and techniques in order for students to successfully complete a number of projects. They will learn to use a range of tools to accomplish this. The projects will require students to develop and use a variety of problem solving skills and to utilise knowledge gained from other taught modules.

    • Fundamentals of Electronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Programming Paradigms for Physical Computing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to expose students to the fundamentals of computing and programming paradigms, and enable students to write computer programmes in response to a given brief which respond to software and physical devices and processes.

    • Engineering Mathematics and its Applications (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide students with the mathematical knowledge and tools to model and understand particular problems in engineering, and to interpret these results to provide information relevant to designs and decisions they will make as engineers.

  • Year 2

    • Engineering in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of the engineer in various contexts outside their 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 materials and their impact on the environmental factors, ethics, EDI in a workplace, globalisation (global manufacturing, operating in global markets, cultural issues, financial concerns, risk etc) and its impact on business operations.

    • 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 the student’s 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.

    • Robotic Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide knowledge and practical skills in robotic systems. Students will acquire the knowledge to formally describe a robotic system so they can use robotic frameworks to make calculations about a robots movement. They will learn the differences between mobile robots and manipulators, the similarities and differences in the problems that need to be solved when using them, as well as techniques to combine them and use them together. Students will gain experience using robot simulators, and physical hardware, and widen their experience of the sensors used with them.

    • Mechatronic Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the broad aspects of digital enterprise solutions. The module will develop the student’s ability to analyse and critique mechatronics systems with a view to optimising such systems with the use of digital twin modelling and the integration of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) infrastructure.

  • Year 3

    • Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Artificial Intelligence in Robotics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with knowledge and practical skills of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques used in robotics. The module will cover different types of autonomous robots in a variety of fields and applications. Students will acquire knowledge and practical skills on robot sensory processing, particularly vision, and on the use of machine learning methods and algorithms, and how these are applied to real life autonomous robotic applications.

    • Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of self-directed engineering design using the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme. Students are expected to provide a significant personal contribution to all phases of the engineering design and development process, appropriate to the goals of their programme.

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

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. Standard Entry Requirements
  2. International (inc EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BEng Mechatronics and Robotics support your career?

This course opens the door to a variety of career options. Our degree prepares you for work in both mechatronics and robotics 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. You could be working in a variety of sectors from manufacturing to agriculture, transport healthcare and defence to space exploration.

As a BEng Mechatronics & Robotics 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 of our graduates have gone on to work at Titan Motorsport, Ashridge Engineering, Tevva eTrucks, and so on, or have started their own business in engineering design and/or production and be a part of the automation boom. Some graduates also choose to continue onto further study where this degree will provide a strong foundation.

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

Design & Development Engineer

A Design Engineer’s 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/Officer for BIM or PD

A Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) Technician/Officer uses software to develop design plans such as floor plans, buildings plans and exhibition layouts as part of the Building Information Management (BIM) system. CAD specialists may also work on product designs (PD) which are then sent to engineers to create prototypes.

Automation Engineer

An 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.

Dr Quoc-Tuan Vien
Programme leader

Dr Vien joined the Department in 2013 and is currently the programme leader of BEng Design Engineering/Mechatronics & Robotics programmes. He is actively involved in research areas related to signal processing, wireless communications and networking.

Dr Eris Chinellato

Dr Chinellato has expertise in autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, computational modelling and cognitive sciences. He is also the programme leader for MSc Robotics.

Dr Tao Geng

Dr Geng is actively involved in several research projects in the areas of intelligent robots, soft robotics, and medical robotics with emphasis on legged robotics and neuromorphic robotics.

Dr Vaibhav Gandhi

Dr Gandhi is involved in research areas as brain-computer interfaces, biomedical signal processing, use-centric graphical user interfaces, assistive robotics and Traffic prediction models to build an Intelligent Transport system.

  • Aniket Saxena

    BEng Mechatronics

    Mechatronics is a very hands-on course with many projects and laboratory experiments. There are many advanced modern-day facilities and resources at university that build up the learning experience as a student advances. This course also provides a wide understanding of various fields like programming, product design and electronics. The best part is the 3D engineering workshop with multiple large-scale engineering machines and students have free access to these mighty beasts. Throughout my study, I have taken multiple ideas from paper into working prototypes. This was possible because the course teaches everything from ideation, design, prototyping to the more technical side of things like mathematics, control systems, and programming. Overall, Mechatronics is a very fun and creative course to take on at Middlesex University.

  • Devarsh Ketulkumar Patel

    BEng Mechatronics

    I have worked on quite a few workshop projects which I have thoroughly enjoyed. The course has the adequate mix of theoretical and practical experience involved with it. The course also offers the opportunity to work on automation and control of some complex systems in theory and apply them in the projects. I have thoroughly enjoyed the way of learning is based on understanding theory first and then work in a project to have an experience of it in real-life world. The laser-cutting machine, lathe machine and 3-D printers are very useful for the students to understand how things work in reality. The professors in the course have an excellent teaching technique to make sure the students gain something after every lecture.

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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Robotics BEng

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Duration: 3 years full-time

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Design Engineering BEng

Start: October 2023

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: H150

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