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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Mechatronics and Robotics MSc (Eng)


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. The widespread adoption of these intelligent systems will be one of the most important developments of the 21st century, bringing many ideas from science fiction into our everyday lives.

This course is delivered by the Schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computing. This collaboration hosts the £4m EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems. This ensures that you benefit from being taught by internationally-renowned experts and gives you a wide choice of modules, with the opportunity to select topics as diverse as embedded electronic systems, mechanical design and computer vision.

The course builds on the very successful undergraduate degree in Mechatronics and Robotics which was one of the very first such courses in the UK. In taught modules, lectures are supported throughout the course by extensive practical work, making use of our outstanding laboratory facilities. These include an ABB robotic manufacturing cell, the Embedded Systems Lab, the Keysight Technologies Communications Lab, the National Instruments LabVIEW Academy, and computer clusters with a very wide range of industry-standard CAD/CAE/CAM software packages.

Project work is offered in a very wide range of areas, such as robotics swarms, bio-inspired robots, industrial robotics, sensing systems, robotic communications networks, actuator design, surgical robotics, rehabilitation robotics, and exploration robotics. You can normally choose between very research-focussed projects through to more hardware-oriented design and build systems integration projects.

We are ranked 1st in the UK for Mechanical Engineering and 5th for Electronic and Electrical Engineering by The Guardian 2016 League Table.

Find out about our MSc programme managers by visiting our staff profiles page.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,000
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £3,000 available.


The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2016, it will provide you with an example of what you will study.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 75 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Electronics Industry Dissertation 15
Mechatronics and Robotics Applications 15
Professional Project 75
Optional modules (choose five)  
Bio-inspired Computing 15
Power Electronics and Drives 15
FPGA Design for System-on-Chip 15
Electric Drives 15
Control Systems Design 15
Automotive Driveline Engineering 15
Computational and Experimental Methods 15
Biomechatronics and Medical Robotics 15
Medical Electronics and E-health 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
Mechatronics and Robotics as a multidisciplinary area is a field with a strong future, exciting career opportunities and a huge range of applications: Robotics, Manufacturing, Automation, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace, Health and Medical, Leisure & Entertainment and many more.

After graduating from this course, you will be in a good position to seek employment with many leading organisations such as GCHQ, JN Bentley, Oilger Towler Ltd, Airbus UK, Avesta, Crosslee Plc, ABB Ltd, AWE, Ricardo, APV Baker, Jaguar, Land Rover and Jacobs Engineering.

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in electronic/electrical engineering or a related area; or the equivalent to a good lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a directly relevant specialist field such as mechatronics, robotics, automation, control systems or combined electronic and mechanical engineering.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2035.