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Mechatronics Engineering with Foundation Year

BEng (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

Do you ever wonder how modern cars, large factories, or autonomous drones work? Do you want to know how to build robots, smart-home gadgets, and cars that drive themselves? If you answer yes to any of the above, then Mechatronics Engineering in the course for you.

Do you ever wonder how modern cars, large factories, or autonomous drones work? Do you want to know how to build robots, smart-home gadgets, and cars that drive themselves? If you answer yes to any of the above, then Mechatronics Engineering in the course for you.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code H715
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BEng (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years), Part-time (8 years)
  • Campus Location University Telford Campus
  • School School of Engineering

Why choose this course?

Do you ever wonder how modern cars, large factories, or autonomous drones work? Do you want to know how to build robots, smart-home gadgets, and cars that drive themselves? If you answer yes to any of the above, then Mechatronics Engineering in the course for you.

 

This comprehensive course teaches you about the principles behind modern machines of all sizes, from your coffee maker, to smart driverless cars, to fully automated megafactories. The course addresses the industry’s demand for graduates who can combine the principles and applications of mechanical, electronics, and control engineering and computer science to develop creative solutions to challenging problems. You will design, build, and program complex electro-mechanical systems to solve the problems faced by the modern fast-growing global industries.

What happens on the course?

You will use advanced software to design, simulate, and evaluate mechatronic systems. In the first year you will study mathematics and the underlying concepts of electrical and mechanical technology.  In your second year, you will study mechanical and electronic engineering principles and computer-aided-design. As you progress, you will become familiar with embedded system design, properties of materials and methods of manufacturing, digital signal processing techniques, and modern control technologies.

In the third year you will have the opportunity to develop a business plan around a product that you have designed, and face all the challenges associated with manufacturing, marketing, and protecting your products.

Following the third academic year, you are encouraged to undertake a placement year in industry, thereby improving your employment prospects and forming part of your record of professional development as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer.

The final year of the BEng focuses on design and analysis of complex electro-mechanical systems, including the wider economic, social, ethical and environmental implications of engineering projects.

Throughout the four years of the course you will get the opportunity to be involved in solving a range of real-world challenges through joining one of the School of Engineering clubs. This ranges from competing as part of the university’s racing teams, building airplanes, electric and autonomous cars, and developing air, land and sea robots for search and rescue missions.

If you continue onto the MEng, you will study advanced modules such as robotic systems and condition monitoring, and undertake a substantive and integrative project. This is ideal if you wish to purse an advanced level of study.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

A qualification in Mechatronics provides career opportunities in a broad spectrum of industries, as well as offering a gateway to all levels in the education sector. Mechatronics graduates have followed career paths as diverse as research and development within aerospace companies through to secondary school teaching. In the contemporary industrial environment, the approach to problem solving, design, and research and development activities is to form multidisciplinary teams, thereby ensuring that all avenues are explored and evaluated. The Mechatronics engineer is well placed in this structure, since the ethos of the subject is broad based.

The course enables graduates to attain management positions, with significant levels of responsibility within a relatively short time.

 

Graduates may also study for a taught postgraduate degree, MSc, or a research degree, MPhil/PhD, within the Department.

 

The transferable skills gained during the course, including: project management, group working, and analytical thinking, also enable a graduate to pursue careers in non-technical fields such as: law, accountancy, authoring, and computing.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Responding to the regional and national shortage of graduate qualified Engineers the University of Wolverhampton is currently investing over £10m in new Engineering facilities at its Telford Innovation Campus and City Campus in Wolverhampton.

 

New Engineering courses on offer from 2015 share a design that incorporates significant elements of problem and activity-based learning and live industrial project-work. The courses have embedded themes of creativity, employability, professional engineering, and sustainability and the environment. All of our courses are designed to meet the latest standards for accreditation as defined by the Engineering Council.

 

Students studying Engineering courses will have access to new specialist equipment and technology that is at the forefront of engineering developments. This includes a design and visualisation facility modelled on best-practice in industry, wind tunnels (including a formula-1 specification rolling road wind tunnel), engine test facilities, a composites laboratory, 3-d printing facilities, an electronics and telecommunications laboratory, a metrology laboratory and a materials testing laboratory.

 

Our aim is for our graduates to be ready for employment. We provide additional opportunities for students to gain employability skills, with employability workshops and awards as part of the course. In addition and to further develop employability skills, we offer ‘Club Activities’. These currently include the IMechE Formula Student Activity, the Human Powered Flight Club, the Flight Simulator Club and the Formula Renault 2l Racing Team Club. These are great fun, and the only conditions to entry are that you need to engage and demonstrate commitment.

 

All engineering courses are offered from the Telford Innovation Campus, located close to Telford town centre in rural Shropshire. Chemical Engineering is the exception to this, and this is offered at City Campus in Wolverhampton.

At the end of this course, the student will be able to design and synthesise mechatronic products, systems, and processes, and demonstrate an innovative approach to design realisation.

Evaluate a range of solutions to engineering problems, drawn from a broad-based knowledge of engineering and technology disciplines

Select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems in the analysis and synthesis of engineering systems

Contribute to teamwork effectively and ethically, addressing the prominent engineering, social, environmental, and commercial issues

Select and apply appropriate software packages for design

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry

  • 32 UCAS Points
  • EE from A Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

 “After my first year, I decided I liked the electronics and the mechanical subjects. My personal tutor suggested Mechatronics. Once you start looking you realise lots of things are mechatronic devices, mobile phones, robots, even the new car door locks. Mechatronics must be the future.”

Mechatronics, third year student

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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