BEng(Hons) Mechatronics Engineering

Entry year
2024/25
Course code
H730
Application
UCAS
Level
Undergraduate
School
School of Engineering
Tariff points
112
Campus
Frenchay
Duration
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery
Full-time; sandwich, starts September
Programme leader
Dr Aghil Jafari

This course is open for applications

Page last updated 24 November 2023

Introduction

Gain industry-like experience in our Digital Engineering Laboratory by working on Cyber-Physical Factory, Virtual and Augmented Reality Space and Artificial Intelligence based experiments. Our facilities are equipped with modules from SIEMENS, FESTO, and other leading industrial equipment providers.

Why study BEng(Hons) Mechatronics Engineering?

The digital revolution in industry needs new Mechatronics Engineers with unique digital manufacturing skills. BEng Mechatronics Engineering is an exciting multidisciplinary subject which combines the principles of mechanics, electronics, robotics and computer engineering to develop sustainable systems. Combining a broad range of skills, you'll build a solid base from which you'll be ready to solve a range of complex engineering problems. Careers in mechatronics are predicted to grow rapidly over the coming years, so you can be sure to graduate with excellent job prospects in a growing mechatronics market.

The course provides insight and skills in the creation and maintenance of complex engineering products and is designed to have broad appeal for students from a wide range of STEM disciplines.

Why UWE Bristol?

Our Mechatronics Engineering degree is an innovative course offering you comprehensive engineering training in electro-mechanical systems, benefitting from the well-established courses and research groups that exist at UWE Bristol. You'll learn how to evaluate solutions to engineering problems, and to choose which solutions to apply to engineering systems.

As a practice-based course, you'll get plenty of hands-on experience, which means you'll graduate ready to step straight into your career.

You'll also benefit from excellent facilities including our award-winning engineering building and the University's enterprise zone, Future Space.

Where can it take me?

The analytical and problem-solving skills that students will gain on the course will make them attractive sector professionals. Graduates will enter a growing sector and be in high-demand due to their knowledge of manufacturing, mechanics, electronics and mechatronics, and their ability to innovate using new technologies.

A degree in Mechatronics Engineering will prepare students for an engineering career in a range of sectors including transport, logistics, robotics, health, defence, manufacturing, automotives, research and renewable energy.

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Structure

Content

The below information is indicative of the course content and is subject to final UWE Bristol approval. The approved course content will be published here soon.

When the approved course content is published, any optional modules listed will be those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

Compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Practice 1
  • Mathematical Modelling for Electronics and Robotics
  • Applied Electronics
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Fundamental Mechatronics Principles.

Year two

Compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Engineering Research
  • Microcontroller Applications Group Lab
  • Industrial Data Analytics
  • Digital Manufacturing and Industry
  • Industrial Internet of Things.

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

Compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Project
  • Group Design and Integration Project
  • Professionalism for Engineers
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomechatronics.

Plus one final year optional module from:

  • Smart Factory Modelling and Simulation
  • Industrial Systems Validation
  • Digital Signal Processing

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You'll start your professional journey towards becoming a digital mechatronics engineer from day one through our practice-based teaching style and industry-informed curriculum.

You'll learn by doing, applying and revisiting your early skills through embedded project weeks and prototype mock-ups, just as you will in practice. Professional and personal development are embedded throughout the programme, meaning you'll also develop core skills that you'll take with you throughout your career, such as teamwork, creativity, problem-solving and innovative thinking.

Immersive Project Weeks will integrate knowledge and experiences from across the programme and from external professionals, creating a student engineer community within the curriculum.

Problem and project-based learning are used throughout the programme in our immersive engineering building. Lectures and tutorials ensure that students are aware of the scope of their technical field and are able to practice analytical techniques. Students will also develop practice-based engineering skills through laboratory and computer-based teaching, ensuring confidence in the application of theoretical principles.

See our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Assessment

The assessment strategy is designed to connect topics and enable students to reflect upon their development. Assessment methods are aligned to the requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) who place high importance on the demonstration of authentic and verifiable learning outcomes for each student.

You'll be assessed through a mixture of assignments, open-book and computer-based examinations, continuous assessment, and group work. Plus, you'll also complete a final year project that makes up a quarter of the final year's work.

Learn more about assessments.

Features

Placements

Students who gain work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Plus, experience also helps you to develop your skills and industry knowledge in a real-world setting, as well as to provide you with the opportunity to start building your professional network.

If you choose to study the sandwich BEng course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

Placements are available with our partner employers as well as many organisations across the region.

We offer you help to find your placement through our Careers Service and you can access support while on placement from our dedicated academic team.

Study facilities

Our modern Digital Engineering Laboratory is where you will have an industry-like experience by working on the Cyber-Physical Factory, Virtual and Augmented Reality Space and Artificial Intelligence based experiments. Our Digital Engineering Laboratory is equipped with modules from leading companies such as SIEMENS, FESTO, and other leading industrial systems andequipment providers. 

Our award winning engineering building is designed to inspire the engineers of the future. Built for hands-on investigation, with engine test cells, wind tunnels and collaborative learning spaces. It's an ideal environment for you to explore, take risks and discover ways to change the world for the better.

Here you'll:

  • Learn professional engineering skills in our well-equipped facilities.
  • Access industry-standard computing laboratories, computer rooms and computer-aided design (CAD) suites.
  • Create and test structures or concepts in our manufacturing workshops, wind tunnels and robotics laboratory.
  • Receive support and advice on computer applications from our system support helpdesk.

Life

Accommodation

An excellent range of options for all of the Bristol campuses and the city centre.

Bristol

A stunning city for student living with all the qualities to make you want to stay.

Sports, societies and activities

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Health and Wellbeing

We provide support in the way you need it.

Campus and facilities

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Careers

Careers / Further study

The development of new and efficient means of manufacturing will ensure that graduates with skills in integration and practical knowledge of engineering, data analytics and computer sciences, will be in high demand in our future economy.

The innovation and problem-solving skills that students will gain on the course will make them attractive sector professionals. They'll be ready to engage in the ongoing transformation process towards smart factories where mechatronic skills are essential. Students will have a unique understanding of a multidisciplinary field and collaborative working, with entrepreneurial skills within market evolution.

Graduates from this course will forge successful careers in the development of microcontroller-based embedded systems, robotics, integration of renewable energy sources and the design of the associated power conversion systems. Alternatively, they might progress into the development of automation and control systems for various industrial processes, automotive electronics, the design of electrical machines and the development of guidance and control systems for unmanned intelligent underwater; or ground and aerial vehicles.

Get inspired

Our award-winning Careers Service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on.

Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about fees and costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language requirements section.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • Relevant subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Mathematics; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You must be studying one of the following: Aeronautical Engineering; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. To include Merit in one of the following units: Further Engineering Mathematics or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us. For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics and 15 credits at Pass in another Science or Technology subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and a pass at Higher Level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies.
  • Irish Highers: H2 in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Engineering; Physics; Technology.
  • T Levels: Grade C in A-Level Mathematics, in addition to your T Level qualification. If you have or are looking to partially complete your T-Level, you are still required to have the equivalent to 2 full A-Levels as part of our minimum entry requirements. As a result, if you are applying with only the core or occupational specialism, this may be insufficient as a stand-alone qualification.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BEng(Hons) Mechatronics Engineering (with Foundation Year).

For information on entry requirements, including required Guided Learning Hours, please see our entry requirements pages.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the country information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

Read more about international applications and key international deadline dates.

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