Mechatronics is about the integration of electronics with mechanical design to create intelligent systems. From fuzzy logic controlled washing machines to space exploration, mechatronics and robotic systems are at the forefront of technological developments. Transport, healthcare, entertainment and service are just a few industries that are benefiting from developments in mechatronics and robotics.
These industries now look for graduates that have a broader engineering background including electronic, mechanical and IT skills. This need, coupled with the appeal of intelligent systems, makes mechatronics and robotics a popular choice for students. It is a field with exciting career opportunities and a huge range of applications, from robotics in manufacturing and automation to the automotive, aerospace, medical and leisure and entertainment industries
We have over 25 years’ experience of running our unique multidisciplinary mechatronics and robotics degree course, delivered jointly by the schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computing.
This course offers you the opportunity to study the most exciting aspects of electronics, mechanical design and artificial intelligence and apply what you have learned to the design and manufacture of sophisticated intelligent systems.
This degree course combines theory with extensive hands-on learning and a project in every year of study, providing you with the kind of transferrable skills that are in great demand by leading employers: problem-solving, creativity, project planning, leadership and teamwork.
Third year MEng Mechatronics and Robotics student Mark Narvidas
developed a robot that can be manipulated by moving parts of the
human body for his third year project.
You will also gain experience of a wide range of industry-standard software and hardware, including ABB industrial robot arms, programmed in Robot Studio, LabVIEW in the National Instruments Academy, SolidWorks 3D design in the CAD suite, and electronic design and test in the Keysight (formerly Agilent) Technologies laboratory and Farnell Embedded Systems laboratory.
Leeds hosts the EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, which specialises in assistive robotics, surgical technologies, robotic therapies and exploration robotics.
UCAS Code: HH36 (MEng, BEng) or HH41 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees (2015): UK/EU: £9,000; International: £17,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships (2015): Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
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 give you a flavour of what you will study.
Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year. A standard module is typically worth 10 or 20 credits.
This is an indicative list and actual content can vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.
|Circuit Analysis and Design|
|Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers|
|Further Engineering Mathematics|
|Physical Electronics 1|
|Design and Manufacture 1|
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules (choose one)|
|Energy Circuit Design||Artificial Intelligence|
|Power Electronics||Mobile Applications Project|
|Embedded Systems Project|
|Vibration and Control|
|Design and Manufacture 2|
|Mechatronics and Robotics Systems|
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules|
|Professional Studies||Computer Vision|
|Embedded Systems||Electric Drive Systems|
|Individual Engineering Project||Digital Media Engineering|
|Robotics and Machine Intelligence||Biomedical Engineering Design|
|Vehicle Design and Analysis|
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules (choose two)|
|Industry Dissertation||Bio-Inspired Computing|
|Team Project||Machine Learning|
|Mechatronics and Robotics Applications||Power Electronics and Drives|
|FPGA Design for System-on-chip|
|Control Systems Design|
|Medical Electronics and E-Health|
|Automotive Driveline Engineering|
Graduates are in great demand, with exciting career opportunities in an exceptionally wide range of industry sectors: manufacturing, energy, transport, healthcare, security and defence, aerospace, emergency services, agriculture, even the entertainment and creative industries.
You will find out 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.
Recent graduate positions include:
• Graduate Engineer, Forum Energy Technologies
• Scientific Lead, Swedish Biomimetics 3000
• Mechatronics Engineer, ALTINAY Robot Technologies Inc.
• Instrumentation Engineer, Microlab Devices
• Business Development Manager, S.K Robotics
• Quality Assurance Engineer, Toshiba
With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every opportunity to secure a position before you graduate.
We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.
Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.
A-level: AAA including Mathematics, excluding General Studies.
Engineering Diploma: Grade A (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics). Other diploma qualifications considered.
BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD, including a D in Further Mathematics, plus Grade A for A-level Mathematics.
IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics.
Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.
Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.
Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.
English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.
All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).
Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.
Applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to learn more about your course, meet our academic staff and students, take part in group activities, including hands-on electronics demonstrations, and tour our undergraduate teaching facilities and the campus. You will also have an interview with one of our academics, which will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.
We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.
If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e: firstname.lastname@example.org, t: +44 (0)113 343 2012.