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Engineering and the EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Mechatronics (Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science) - 1 yr(s)

The course provides an academically challenging exposure to modern issues in Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science giving you the opportunity to specialising in Mechatronics. It is suitable for engineering, mathematics or physical sciences graduates who wish to specialise in advanced mechanical engineering science or to support continued professional development. It offers a sound understanding of the relevant fundamental science, methods, analysis and engineering applications.

Introducing your degree

This masters course could see you designing robots and building machines that could change modern life. Mechatronics is an exciting branch of engineering, uniting the principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering.

Overview

This course will feature the expertise and guidance of our cutting-edge Electro-Mechanical Engineering Research Group. You will learn to confidently use advanced electrical systems and understand both the impact and use of control systems, instrumentation and sensors.

The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will have the chance to broaden your engineering education by selecting specialist modules as well as completing core modules. Core modules focus on mechanical engineering, electrical systems and control. Specialist modules include Robotics and Automotive Propulsion.

The final four months will focus on applying research. You will engage in experimental and practical study and apply computer simulations to complete a research project and dissertation.

The course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and practical skills to pursue a professional career or further research in mechatronics.

View the specification document for this course

To Apply

You can apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see how to apply.

The deadline for new applications to this course is the 30th June each year.

Accreditation

Engineering CouncilEUR-ACE

The course has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Programme Structure

Full-time study

The full-time MSc course lasts for 12 months. The first 8 months are spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (Semesters 1 and 2), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final 4 months are spent full-time on a research project, for which some preparation is done in Semester 2.

Part time study is not available for this course.

Exit Points

The taught component of the MSc course is assessed independently of the research project component. The MSc award depends on passing the examinations and on successful completion of a dissertation on the project. The possible exit points are:

PG Certificate (60 Credit Points)
PG Diploma (120 Credit Points)
MSc (180 Credit Points)

We only accept applications to the 180 Credit MSc course. The PG Diploma and PG Certificate are exit points only and are not standalone qualifications.

Key Facts

The research projects for the MSc in Mechatronics are offered by the staff of the Electro-Mechanical Engineering research group, with strong expertise in the areas of control systems, energy conversion and management, instrumentation and sensors and microfluidics.

Ping Lu designed and built a roboworm for her research project
A student designing a roboworm for their research project
Mechatronics research
Mechatronics research
Thumbnail photo of Congwei Ye

“I have found my lecturers and tutors very encouraging and supportive. The teaching facilities are effective.”

Congwei Ye - MSc AMES Mechatronics

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Honours Degree

Upper second class honours degree (2:1 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University) in Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences or a related subject. Those candidates with relevant employment experience will be considered if they do not meet the requirements. Applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Equivalent Qualifications

Relevant employment experience would be considered if a candidate does not meet the formal qualifications requirements. We are always happy to receive applications from candidates with an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your application. Applicants who have successfully completed a pre-Masters programme in a relevant subject will also be admitted provided marks are equivalent to the above requirements.

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Intake: 60 students per year (total 6 themes)

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The course may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

You will study a number of compulsory and optional subjects during both semesters. These provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree, the Research Project.

Year 1

The first 8 months are spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (Semesters 1 and 2), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final 4 months are spent full-time on a research project.

Semester One

You normally take modules worth 60 credit points (CP) in Semester 1.

Optional module from ECS

ELEC3201: Robotic Systems

Compulsory
SESM6039
Introduction to Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science (AMES)
SESM3030
Control and Instrumentation
SESG6035
Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring
Optional
FEEG6002
Advanced Computational Methods I
FEEG3001
Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics
FEEG6007
Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems 1
MATH6141
Numerical Methods
Core
FEEG6012
MSc Research Project
Semester Two

You normally take modules worth 60 credit points (CP) in Semester 2.

Compulsory
SESM6034
Advanced Electrical Systems
SESG6036
Advanced Control Design
Optional
SESM6037
Automotive Propulsion
FEEG6008
Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems 2
SESM3029
Engineering Design with Management
Core
FEEG6012
MSc Research Project

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentDesign equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
EquipmentField equipment and materials: A number of essential items will be provided to you e.g.: field notebook(s); compass-clinometer; geological hammer; steel tape measure; map case; pocket lens (x 10); safety helmet; safety goggles; bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid. However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler; a pair of compasses; set squares; protractor; pencils (including coloured); eraser; calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
OtherOptional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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