Mechatronics integrates electronics with mechanical design to create intelligent systems. The transport, health, entertainment and service industries are among many that are benefiting from advances in the field.
This unique multidisciplinary course offers you the opportunity to study the most exciting aspects of electronics, mechanical design and artificial intelligence and apply them to the design and manufacture of sophisticated intelligent systems.
It's delivered jointly by the schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computing, building on the cutting-edge research being carried out in the EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, which we host on campus. You'll use industry-standard software and lab facilities and undertake project work in every year, equipping you with the knowledge and skills for a professional career in this exciting sector.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
The £4 million EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems specialises in assistive robotics, surgical technologies, exploration robotics and smart cities. This research feeds directly into teaching, meaning you can benefit from access to the latest developments in your subject.
Find out more about the EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems
You'll have the chance to gain experience of a wide range of industry-standard software and hardware, including ABB industrial robot arms, RobotStudio, LabVIEW in the National Instruments Academy, SolidWorks3D design in the CAD suite, and electronic design and testing in the Keysight Technologies laboratory and the ARM Embedded Systems laboratory.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited electronic engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IET and IMechE.
The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.
The BEng is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for CEng status. A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
You'll study a wide variety of core modules in your first two years, giving you a solid foundation across different disciplines. Topics will include circuit theory, analysis and design, digital electronics, solid mechanics, design and manufacture, embedded systems and power electronics, among others. You'll also see how mechanics, electronics, computer engineering and intelligent control can come together in the development of mechatronics and robotic systems.
In Year 3 you'll develop this knowledge in a more specialised direction. You'll study embedded systems and key issues in robotics and machine intelligence, as well as choosing from optional modules that apply your knowledge to areas such as computer vision or biomedical engineering design. An individual project will allow you to focus on an engineering problem in depth.
If you continue to Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you'll be introduced to different applications of robotics and mechatronics and benefit from an even broader choice of optional modules. You could focus on automotive driveline engineering, machine learning, electric drives or medical robotics among others. You'll also develop your understanding of the industry through a dissertation, and complete a substantial team project.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
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You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Graduates are in great demand, with exciting career opportunities in an exceptionally wide range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, energy, transport, healthcare, security and defence, aerospace, emergency services, agriculture, even the entertainment and creative industries.
You will find our graduates in positions such as graduate engineers, development engineers and project engineers within organisations such as the Government Communication Service Headquarters (GCHQ), JN Bentley, Oilger Towler Ltd, Airbus UK, Avesta, Crosslee PLC, ABB Ltd, Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Ricardo, APV Baker, Toshiba, S.K Robotics, Microlab Devices, Unilever and Jacobs Engineering.
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
If you choose to take the MEng course, you can apply to spend your third year studying at a university overseas. We'll advise you on finding a university of your choice, which will need to offer similar modules to the ones you would study in Leeds, and the Programme Leader will approve appropriate matches.
Find out more about Study abroad
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake a placement at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months and on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.
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