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BEng (Hons) Mechatronics

Course Overview

BEng Mechatronics degree prepares you for entry into the dynamic field of design engineering. Design in this programme is seen essentially as a practice both in the sense as an approach to problem solving and as a working method. Students will develop core design capabilities, which are developed and enhanced progressively through the course. This programme explores the principles underlying the design and implementation of up-to-date digital systems needed in a variety of problem domains and provides the opportunity of realising such systems.

You will focus on developing systems that control physical motion such as those found in robotic applications and industrial automation. You will be part of a well-resourced department and study among like-minded and ambitious students.

Throughout the course you will build your confidence to develop and implement modern technologies relevant to electronic products and systems. You will develop the ability to communicate ideas effectively, verbally, in reports and by means of active participation in industry sponsored live projects from the start of the course. This will encourage leadership qualities, management skills and confidence in your work, through individual projects and group work.

This degree produces confident designers, while exciting work placements and a professional portfolio will prepare you to be career ready.

Key information

    Course name

    BEng (Hons) Mechatronics

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BEng with honours

    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time

    Duration

    3 year or 4 years with work placement

    Tuition fees

    £12,000 per year

    Intakes

    September

    Work placement

    Yes

    Course location

    London

Academic entry requirements

• 280 UCAS tariff points including one Science and one Numerate Grade C or above in relevant subjects, plus GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C
• BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced Progression Diplomas
• Access to HE Diploma
• International students should meet equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification
• If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree
• If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level in MEng or professional career.

Career opportunities

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. This course opens the door to a career in the rapidly growing network industry. This degree prepares you for work in a number of exciting areas including network design and implementation, network consultancy, Internet software applications development and network security.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Design Engineering Projects i  (30 credits)
  • Formal Systems  (30 credits)
  • Physical Computing Electronics (30 credits)
  • Physical Computing: Programming (30 credits)

 

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Control Systems  (30 credits)
  • Design Engineering Projects 2  (30 credits)
  • Engineering in Context  (30 credits)
  • Robotics and Mechatronics (30 credits)

 

Placement year

The university encourages students to either undertake a paid work placement during their studies as a year-long assignment between year two and three, or to undertake an internship; either full-time over the summer following your second year of study, or part-time throughout the course of your final year.

The paid, year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.

Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.

The university’s specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.

 

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Advanced Mechatronics and Robotics (30 credits)
  • Design Engineering Major Project  (60 credits)
  • Industrial Automation and Control (30 credits)

 

Assessment methods
Students’ knowledge and understanding is assessed by products and systems design, with particular reference to their engagement with the design process, technical reports, Laboratory reports, design reports, other written reports, problem sheets, coursework assignments, essays, presentations, practical in-class tests, group and individual project reports.

 

Course highlights

  • A well-equipped, award-winning department, with over 100 high-spec workstations with CAD/CAM equipment, electronics manufacturing and prototyping facilities
  • Festo mechatronics with the latest industrial automation equipment and an integrated flexible manufacturing system
  • A suite of additional computers providing resource for LabView and Multisim tools as well as associated hardware such as NI-ELVIS training equipment and Compact Rio control systems provided by National Instruments
  • Lectures with inspiring guest speakers from the industry
  • Opportunities to undertake exciting work placements with global companies
  • You will be supported in developing an exit portfolio, a CV and a career entry plan
  • Apply for our MEng Design Engineering course and gain a masters qualification as soon as you successfully complete your undergraduate degree. If you apply in Year 1 you can receive funding to cover your postgraduate course fees
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

 

Aims of the programme

This programme aims to produce competent Design Engineers capable of playing an active role in formulating, meeting the challenges and opportunities arising in contemporary industrial and commercial practice.

The programme’s educational aims are to:

  • Instil design thinking in engineering problem solving
  • Understanding of the necessary mathematical and computational tools used in the solution of real world problems, and in particular dealing with unfamiliar and complex design engineering scenarios
  • Build confidence to develop modern electronic products and systems incorporating up-to-date electrical and mechanical components along with the associated software programmes
  • Develop understanding of the scientific principles and techniques of design engineering within the context of electronic systems and products
  • Develop confidence in the application of analytical and technical skills to undertake detail level design informed by a sound understanding and knowledge of design engineering through the concept, embodiment and validation stages of electronic product or systems development
  • Develop ability to apply these principles and methods in the practice of design engineering
  • Prepare individuals to engage meaningfully with projects both individually as well as in a team setting
  • Develop the ability to communicate ideas effectively, verbally, in reports and by means of active participation in industry sponsored live projects
  • Raise awareness of the roles and responsibilities of Professional Design Engineers and of social and commercial environments in which they work
  • Develop practical knowledge of material properties, appropriate manufacturing processes and their cost effective use in the design and improvement of engineered products, processes and systems

 

Main learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Scientific principles and methods necessary to underpin education in engineering, to enable the modelling and analysis of non-routine engineering systems, processes and products, and collect and interpret data and draw conclusions in the solution of familiar engineering design problems recognising their limitations
  • Concepts, principles and theories of the design process and an appreciation of their limitations
  • And application of a systems approach to solving complex engineering problems within the context of Mechatronics
  • Understand analytical techniques and engineering science relevant to Design Engineering within the context of Mechatronics
  • The issues involved in systems engineering and the range of approaches used in industry to manage the resulting complexity
  • Developing new technologies and applications relevant to Mechatronics
  • User-focussed design practice
  • Working with clients
  • Commercial and business practices in relation to new product development
  • Management and business practices used in engineering
  • Professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers

 

Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Analyse and solve engineering problems using appropriate techniques and through critical thinking
  • Model and analyse relevant engineering systems
  • Full engagement with the design process
  • Select and apply appropriate computer based methods for solving design engineering problems
  • Fully evaluate external influences on the design process
  • Innovatively design appropriate systems, components or processes

 

Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role and limitations of common ICT tools and to specify requirements for computer-based engineering design tools to solve unfamiliar problems
  • Ability to apply engineering design and design management techniques, taking account of a wide range of commercial and industrial constraints in engineering projects
  • Plan, manage and undertake a design project, team or individual, including establishing user needs and technical specification, concept generation and evaluation, embodiment and detail design work, verification and review
  • Ability to evaluate technical risk with an awareness of the limitations of possible solutions
  • Use relevant laboratory and test equipment
  • Use 2D and 3D CAD to prepare models
  • Physical model making and prototyping
  • Interfacing and system integration

 

Graduate skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to undertake and demonstrate the following skills:

  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbally, graphically and through presentations to groups
  • Apply mathematical methods to solving problems
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Plan and manage projects effectively
  • Write computer programmes and use CAE software and general IT tools and provide technical documentation
  • Apply a scientific approach to the solving of problems
  • Learn independently and to adopt a critical approach in investigation
  • Develop initiative and creativity in problem solving
  • Autonomous practice
  • Design research methods