Our stimulating Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering BEng degree programme combines mechanical, computer, and electronic and electrical engineering to address the challenges of designing and deploying intelligent technologies. You will gain strong theoretical and practical skills in these areas and collaborate with academics who are global experts in their field.
At the University of Birmingham we recognise that successful 21st Century engineers will thrive alongside professionals with wide-ranging expertise. Our flagship Integrated Design Projects run throughout Years 1-3 of your degree. You’ll work alongside Mechanical and Civil Engineers to develop designs for technologies with impact in the world. In your first year you’ll learn computer aided design, about engineering processes and human-technology interactions.
You will be the subject expert on a major project during your degree, the projects are set and assessed alongside our partners from major industries. You’ll apply your in-depth technical knowledge and also learn how to share your ideas through virtual reality. In these projects, you’ll gain vital employability skills that will give you a competitive edge in applications forms, interviews and assessment tests for graduate jobs.
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BEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering
“I chose to study in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at Birmingham as out of all the universities I applied to, I found the course content to be the most interesting and innovative. Being an engineering student at Birmingham has given me the chance to immerse in a series of opportunities that I may not have had if I had not applied to study here.”
Our flexible three-year Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering BEng degree is structured to give you a thorough understanding of electronics-based technology, so that you are equipped to meet the challenges of your individual and group projects – as well as a life and career beyond university.
The Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering programme gives you a solid grounding in the underlying physical and mathematical principles of the subject, along with a thorough, connected overview of electronic, mechanical and computer technology and their applications. You will also gain experience in a range of integrated system issues through group and individual project work, which is highly valued by employers and will bring your studies to life.
Graduates of the programme will have the blend of mechatronic and software integration skills required for successful careers in robotics, in all forms of transport, in medical technologies, in advanced manufacturing and in space technologies, in research and development and in product design.
Why study Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering at Birmingham?
we have been an academic partner of the IET for over a quarter of a century providing employers with assurances that you have the qualities they seek.
Significant project work
which is highly valued by employers, is a thread that runs through your degree. This is underpinned by your coursework. Our projects and assessments developed with, and informed by, industry and research leaders.
- Our degrees will
equip you to meet the technological challenges of the 21st century – autonomous vehicles, the internet of things, embedded computation, renewable energy, distributed generation, secure and high rate communications, electric vehicles, remote sensing, big data analytics, human-machine interactions, mechatronics, robotics.
- Our courses are designed to meet the request from industry for graduates who are
well versed in subject fundamentals yet skilled in working across traditional boundaries.
- You have the
opportunity to choose specialities in your final year. See modules below.
- The department fosters
a lively student community with a strong discipline identity and close working relationships with highly supportive staff.
- Graduates have gone on to
work for highly respected organisations such as IBM, the National Grid and National Rail.
Our first year has been designed to provide a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop your broader understanding of behaviour, policy, entrepreneurship, and global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda. The first year is shared across the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.
Electrical Engineering 1 - 20 credits
In this module, the fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering are covered. It will begin with analogue circuits describing the fundamentals of circuit analysis and the design of analogue devices. The fundamentals of digital systems will then be covered using Boolean algebra and related techniques to analyse digital circuits up to an introduction to flip flops. Finally electrical power and machinery systems will be introduced.
Engineering Materials - 10 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials and their key properties used in engineering in order to allow them to select the appropriate materials for a given application. The module also introduces fundamental science that determines the electrical or mechanical properties of materials, such as atomic / molecular structures. In addition students will also be introduced to software which will allow them to model the properties and behaviour of engineering materials and analyse the results of experiments.
Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer - 20 credits
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation, and introduce associated engineering applications.
Integrated Design Project 1 - 20 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
Computing for Engineers - 10 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce engineers to computers and computer programming using an important modern programming language which has applications from small embedded systems to supercomputers.
Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics in the context and application in engineering. The module covers: general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to provide context for the taught material.
The second year will include a substantial mechatronics group project encompassing electromagnetics, data acquisition, control and embedded computing, which unifies your learning across course modules. All modules compulsory.
- Digital Systems and Embedded Computing - 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics 2 - 20 credits
- Electronic Circuits and Devices and Electromagnetics - 20 credits
- Electrical Energy Systems and Control - 20 credits
- Integrated Design Project 2 - 20 credits
- Mechanics 2 - 20 credits
In the final year of the degree, you will take specialist courses which define your expertise. You will also carry out an individual mechatronics research project, which will be defined in consultation with a subject expert. All modules compulsory.
- Integrated Design Project 3 - 20 credits
- Individual Project - 40 credits
- Telerobotics, Telepresence and Augmented Reality - 20 credits
- Mechatronic Design - 20 credits
- Electronic Engineering - 20 credits
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Annual tuition fees 2019/20
tuition fees page for more information.
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- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- A level Mathematics. You must also pass the practical element of any reformed science A levels which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015.
General Studies not normally accepted as one of the three A levels, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of an offer marginally.
International Baccalaureate Diploma:
6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall.
BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered for BEng programmes providing there is sufficient Mathematics content and applicant satisfactorily completes our Mathematics aptitude test.
Grades: BEng; D*D*D* plus Distinction in all units required.
BTEC Diploma considered in combination with A Level.
Grades: BEng; D*D* plus B. If the A level taken is not in Mathematics, then the BTEC Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma considered in combination with 2 A Levels
Grades: BEng; D*plus A B. If A level Mathematics is not taken, then the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.
Would you like to study for one of our degrees but lack the entry qualifications we require? Consider a Foundation Year programme which can lead to entry onto one of our courses.
Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about
international entry requirements.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.
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You will benefit greatly from ongoing and substantial investment in
new teaching spaces. Labs are kitted out with brand new, hi-tech equipment – supplied by multinational companies like National Instruments – and extensive key software through our partnership agreement with Microsoft.
Resources and facilities
Your learning is based around dedicated teaching and research facilities, with Electronics Laboratories for teaching and project work. We strive to be as flexible as possible, giving you the opportunity to specialise within your undergraduate study throughout your time at Birmingham.
We continue to review our facilities and have
exciting new projects to enhance your time spent at the University of Birmingham:
New building and facilities for the School Of Engineering
The University has begun work on a new School of Engineering building which is due for completion in 2020. It will bring together many engineering disciplines into one state-of-the-art building.
Collaborative Teaching Laboratory
The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL) is a hub for science and engineering teaching, with multi-functional labs suitable for subject-specific and cross-disciplinary teaching and team working.
How you will learn
We are a small department within a large engineering school – so you get the best of both worlds. You will be taught from a combination of large-scale lecture tuition, small-group teaching (six students or fewer), and lab and other practical classes. We make extensive use of online learning tools, too, so you can study even when you’re not on campus.
Laboratory-based work is an integral part of your course, this is vital not only to develop your experimental practical skills, but also to reinforce concepts introduced in lectures. Practical sessions typically last two to three hours, although more advanced experiments and activities may span over several sessions.
All of our undergraduate programmes feature a significant level of project working in each year of study, with individual and group projects designed to prepare our graduates for teamworking, problem solving and project management.
How you will be assessed
Modules are assessed using a combination of exams, tests and coursework, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you select.
Feedback is an essential part of learning and we use a wide range of methods, such as written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor. You'll receive feedback on each assessment, highlighting the positives of your work as well as any areas that need more attention.
Your personal tutor
At the start of your degree, you'll be assigned a personal tutor who will remain with you throughout your studies to help you in three important areas: supporting your academic progress, developing transferable skills and dealing with any welfare issues.
We also have our own Welfare Tutor/Wellbeing Officer who is able to provide practical and emotional support for you if you are experiencing personal problems that interfere with your academic work.
Seminars and tutorials
Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as testing your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject. It also allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.
Lecturers and world leading researchers
You will be taught by
staff who are experts in their research fields: staff with extensive industrial connections, research staff and staff with teaching qualifications. They will provide you with tools to gain the creative, problem-solving and technical skills needed to undertake your final-year individual project.
As well as specialised labs with state-of-the-art facilities such as simulators, you may also get to work with
internationally leading research groups. There are also opportunities to work in industry which will provide real-world experience.
Do you know where you’ll be in five, ten, 20 years' time? Your degree from Birmingham will equip you with the creative, professional and technical skills to lead change and innovation in a future that we know little about for certain, other than that the technologies and systems we use will not be the same as they are today.
The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 shows that 96% of our department's graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.
Graduates who have studied our courses:
- Defence Science And Technology
- Jaguar Land Rover
- National Grid
- Network Rail
- Wessex Water
- Design engineer
- Electrical power engineer
- Client engagement
- Lead software engineer
- Automotive reader manager
- Electrical engineer
- Project control engineer
We provide a wealth of opportunities to develop your career. From your first day at Birmingham to after you graduate, the Careers Network is here to help you identify and achieve your individual career aspirations through its wide range of services.
Our dedicated careers team brings you information, advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Careers advisers offer one-to-one advice appointments where you can discuss your career plans and explore your options. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning
Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
Visit the Careers Network website for more details
Our multi-award-winning work experience team has dedicated internship officers to help find the right work experience for you. Make the most of these opportunities and apply for our Work Experience Bursary Scheme, the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme or one of our successful mentoring schemes.
The video below talks to students, staff and employers about their internship experience:
Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.
Clubs and societies
The Guild has
over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.
Electrical Engineering Society is an active society within our department. You may also be interested in the
Autonomous Robotic Club,
Student societies at Birmingham
Shape your academic experience
Choose to study here and you will have a Student Representative, who works with the University and Students' Union on issues that directly affect students. You could even become one yourself. Not only would you be making a difference to the academic student experience, but you would also be developing transferable skills for the future.
Find out more on the Guild of Students website.
We welcome many UG international students each year, notably from India, Nigeria, China and United Arab Emirates. Visit our
international student page for further information.
Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home.
Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.
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The City of Birmingham
One of Europe's most exciting destinations,
Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work. Our students fall in love with the city, many of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.