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MSc Mechatronics (Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science) (1 year)

The course provides an academically challenging exposure to modern issues in Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science giving you the opportunity to specialise 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.

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Introducing your degree

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

 

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 programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

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

This masters programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning, for Chartered Engineer registration.

Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration 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
Find out more about our mechatronics research
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For my project I'm working with Dyson, and this has given me an inside edge about working in industry. I've benefitted not only from the project and the research involved, but also what I’ve learned about working in industry.
Cristian Alonso FizMSc Mechatronics/ Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science, 2016

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

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency:
Band B, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.
Find out more about the University's English Language requirements.

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.

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.

Optional Modules

Select 60 credits from the following list of optional modules.

Please ensure that you select an even split of credits overall by Semester including your compulsory modules. If you do not, you will be contacted by your Student Office and asked to amend your choices.

Semester One

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

 

Compulsory

FEEG6200 Induction for Engineers 0 credits

SESM3030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SESM6034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SESM6039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ELEC3201Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FEEG3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FEEG6002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FEEG6007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH6141Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SESG6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
FEEG6012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Semester Two

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

Compulsory
SESG6036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
SESM3029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CENV6016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FEEG6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MANG6318Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SESM6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SESM6037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
FEEG6012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Mechatronics - Advanced Mechanical Engineering ScienceMSc 2020Full-time£9,250£23,136
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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.

Teaching and learning

The range of subject matter covered in the modules calls for varied teaching and learning techniques. These will include lectures, tutorials, individual and group planning exercises and practical work. You will be encouraged to openly communicate your professional experiences, exchange ideas and knowledge share. One-to-one tutorials are also arranged to cater for individual learning differences.

Ground-breaking research

Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.

Research project

Candidates wishing to obtain an MSc will carry out a research project and complete a dissertation. Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the course. The research project will bring together all the acquired skills learnt on the course, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one or more of the subject areas studied. It will involve sourcing and gathering information, critical analysis, and evaluation and presentation skills. The project should contain your own original ideas. It should also exceed the existing standard of technical design, and address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.

Assessment and examinations

Assessment is conducted through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

Student support

Every student is assigned a personal academic tutor from the start of their degree.

Administration

We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for postgraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.

Course Director

Dr Julian Wharton

Study locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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