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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc (Eng) Mechatronics and Robotics No longer recruiting from 2025/26

Programme code:MSE-MTC/RUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr. Tim Amsdon Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours (2.1) in Electronic/Electrical Engineering or a related area; or a or a good lower second class (2.2) honours degree in a directly relevant specialist field such as Mechatronics, Robotics, Automation, Control systems or combined Electronic and Mechanical Engineering.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Programme specification:

Programme Overview

Mechatronics, robotics and autonomous systems represent a range of important technologies which underpin many applications – from manufacturing and automation through to self-driving cars and robotic surgical tools. Delivered by the Schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computing, this programme provides you with the specialist knowledge and wide range of skills to pursue a career in this dynamic field.

Core modules will give you a foundation in the many applications of mechatronics and robotics and develop your understanding of the wide range of industry sectors that use robotics and mechatronic systems. Specialist modules will allow you to study on topics such as bio-inspired computing, aerial robotics and medical robotics. Project work will typically span a range of topics such as computer vision and artificial intelligence through robotic communications, sensing and embedded systems to mechanical design, industrial inspection, biomedical engineering and surgical robotics.

Mechatronics and robotics is a multidisciplinary field with a strong future, exciting career opportunities and a huge range of applications in robotics, manufacturing, automation, automotive engineering, aerospace, healthcare and medicine, leisure and entertainment, and many more.

Learning Outcomes

As an engineering degree programme, the primary learning outcomes are aligned with the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer with ECUK. For BEng programmes, some further learning will be required; MEng programmes meet the educational requirements for professional registration in full. This applies to programmes accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The accreditation status of this programme may be confirmed by contacting the School.

The subjects studied in the programme modules are designed to meet these learning outcomes while focussing on the key topics which are relevant to the programme theme.

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a comprehensive and specialist knowledge and understanding of the science, mathematics and engineering principles which underpin the discipline, including those which are at the forefront of the subject, and a critical awareness of new developments and the wider engineering context.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific, mathematical and engineering principles, and also computational and analytical techniques and models, in order to solve complex engineering problems and reach substantiated conclusions; formulate and analyse complex problems, which may involve information that is incomplete or uncertain.
- Demonstrate the ability to select, use and critically evaluate technical literature, and recognise the limitations of knowledge in the discipline
- Demonstrate the ability to design solutions to complex problems, and carry out extended engineering projects, considering a range of societal, user and commercial factors, and industry standards, and showing originality and creativity in the design process.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the economic, social, legal, ethical and environmental impacts of engineering, including the entire lifecycle of products, making appropriate decisions informed by professional codes of conduct.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply academic research skills and advanced scholarship.
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively, exercising initiative, decision-making skills and personal responsibility, and to evaluate their own performance, individually and as a member of a professional team.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both the results of their own work and other complex information, to specialist and non-specialist audiences, in a variety of forms, selecting and evaluating the methods used.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage and extend their own learning and profes sional development, the transferable skills necessary for employment within the engineering sector, and the skills necessary for life-long independent learning and professional development.

Progression and Award

This programme is subject to rules for progression and award which are slightly different from the University’s standard rules. Current and prospective students should make themselves familiar with these additional rules which are listed in the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) applicable to the year of study, and summarised under the ‘[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment] links below.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ELEC5032MModern Industry Practice15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MECH5845MProfessional Project60 creditsSep to Aug
MECH5880MTeam Design Project15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Students will be required to study 90 credits from the following optional modules, with an appropriate workload balance between semesters.

Students with no prior experience in C-programming must select ELEC5681M.

COMP5400MBio-Inspired Computing15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ELEC5562MPower Electronics and Drives15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ELEC5566MFPGA Design for System-on-Chip15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ELEC5570MControl Systems Design15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ELEC5620MEmbedded Microprocessor System Design15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ELEC5650MMedical Electronics and E-Health15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ELEC5681MProgramming15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MECH5315MEngineering Computational Methods15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MECH5460MAerial Robotics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MECH5605MBiomechatronics and Medical Robotics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Last updated: 14/02/2024 14:35:07


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