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Mechatronics BEng

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September 2023
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (INT) *
Course leader
Quoc-Tuan Vien

This course is now available in Clearing.
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BEng Mechatronics currently only accepts a year-2 entry (October 2022-23) or a year-3 entry (October 2022-23 and October 2023-24). However, we have a newly validated state-of-the-art programme BEng Mechatronics & Robotics open to applications.

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 Mechatronics at Middlesex University?

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
  • 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 accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). Meeting the requirements of the IED means this degree 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.

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What will you study on the BEng 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.


  • 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 tools 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 design prototyping, 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.

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.

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How can the BEng 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 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 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

Quoc-Tuan joined the department in 2013 and is currently the Programme Leader for Design Engineering suite of programmes. He has authored a textbook, co-authored five book chapters, and more than 100 research articles in ISI journals and major conference proceedings. His current research interests include physical-layer security, network coding, non-orthogonal multiple access, RF energy harvesting, device-to-device communications, heterogeneous networks, network-on-chip and the Internet of Things. He is a TPC member of the IEEE conferences. He was a recipient of the Best Paper Award from the IEEE/IFIP 14th International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, in 2016. He was honored as an Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE Communications Letters, in 2017. He served as the Program Co-Chair for the INISCOM from 2018 to 2021 and the Technical Symposium Co-Chair for the SigTelCom from 2017 to 2021. He is also a frequent reviewer of the IEEE journals. He currently serves as an Editor for the Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing and the International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting and a Guest Editor for the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems.

Vaibhav Gandhi
Director of Programme

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.

  • student profile

    Muhammad Javed

    Recent graduate

    I chose this course because I studied electrical and mechanical engineering in college and this course combines the two and also includes robotics. Middlesex University is unique in offering this course and a couple of my teachers at college had studied here and recommended it, so it was always in the back of my mind. There is very good support here if you are willing to learn; feedback is always detailed and constructive. The lecturers are all very positive and try to emphasise the good side of everything we do.

    The facilities here are totally amazing, everything is brand new. The robots are cutting edge technology and are actually used to teach students the various types of robotics and show different applications. The CAD computers are also new and use very powerful technology. The course is extremely practical throughout and it’s this learning by doing that has allowed me to really grow my skills.  I have come out of it a much more well-rounded person – and I will be a much more capable engineer. Having something physical to work with makes everything easier and brings the project into perspective.

    The biggest highlight for me has to be the final year project – starting it from scratch and finishing it felt like a huge achievement. My project was an autonomous sailing boat, inspired by my dad who was in the Navy. I learnt to put the hardware before the software – meaning that I acquired the parts before beginning the programming.

    I would say to anyone considering this course definitely go for it; it’s really enjoyable and so hands on. From the very first day you get the opportunity to get involved and just experiment. Why would you go to university to sit down all day to listen, when you can come to study in practical terms? You’re never going to fall asleep on this course!

    Now I would like to pursue an MSc in Engineering Management – I’m taking one step at a time with this, but I’d like to get into engineering project management as I like seeing products going from nothing to everything.

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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