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£50,000 funding for new Mechatronic Systems Engineering course

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded Middlesex University £50,000 to develop a new MSc Mechatronic Systems Engineering course in 2016/2017

Mechatronics lab

This course will allow those who have undertaken previous study in other subjects to transition to a career in this area.

Students can take advantage of the award-winning department’s cutting edge laboratories, equipped with industry standard systems and equipment, which include electronics manufacturing, telecommunications, automation, robotics, and a range of 3D printing facilities.

The course will also benefit from the additional engineering laboratories and workshops opening in summer 2016.

Prof Mehmet Karamanoglu, Head of Department of Design Engineering and Mathematics at Middlesex University said: “Demand for graduates in engineering is growing in the economy and providing graduates in other subjects with the opportunity to study and work in this area will allow them to develop their careers.”

“The programme is developed in collaboration with our long term industry partners Siemens, Festo and National Instruments and will prepare highly skilled practitioners to meet the demands of emerging fields such as Smart Cities and Smart Factories.”

Students joining the Mechatronic Systems Engineering course will benefit from our well established approach in preparing graduates with high level of academic skills along with high level of practical skills, ready for entry into this dynamic field.

They will be part of a well-resourced department and study among like-minded and ambitious students focusing on technologies associated with Industry Internet of Things (IIoT), cybersecurity and highly automated mechatronic systems, a significant part of Industry 4.0 strategy.

HEFCE has awarded a total of £1.7 million to 28 projects across the country to develop a range of engineering and computer science conversion courses.

This scheme complements two reviews investigating employment outcomes for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates. These reviews were commissioned by the Government following the release of its Science and Innovation Strategy.

Professor Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive, said: “Professional engineers and their skills are required throughout the economy, in a wide range of industries and in a variety of roles. It is widely accepted that it would benefit the economy to increase the supply of engineers.

“Engineering businesses face challenges in recruiting new engineers as new roles are created and the existing workforce retires. In particular, there is ever growing demand for those trained in data science, cybersecurity, and software engineering.

“By supporting innovative course developments in universities and colleges, these awards will open up careers in these areas to a wider range of graduates, benefiting both students and employers in key sectors such as manufacturing, food and agri-tech, data science, and energy.”

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