Undergraduate degree course in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering BEng H6H3:
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineers are involved in the design and development of technology that has become essential to all areas of the modern world; from satellites and mobile 'phones keeping our telecommunications networks connected day and night, to computers and digital networks storing and releasing, as required, the billions of bits of data that stream around the globe.
At Birmingham, we have been at the forefront of teaching and research in Electronic and Electrical Engineering for over 100 years, engaging in each era of new technological advance and helping it to evolve into what we see around us today. We are a friendly, confident and all-embracing School, welcoming people from all over the world.
The University of Birmingham is one of the UK's top research universities, everything we do is innovative, cutting-edge and industry-driven. Our research (86% of which is rated worldleading
or internationally excellent) feeds into our undergraduate programmes.This research feeds directly into the Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering degree programme. The programme combines mechanical, computer, electronic and electrical systems in studies including electromechanical energy conversion, data mining, augmented reality, machine learning, communications, sensors, signal analysis and analogue and digital electronics.
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MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering
“I chose to come to Birmingham because out of all of the universities I applied to and visited, it was here that I felt had the most interesting course content. At the open days, I was able to talk to students in depth about university life and I was also drawn in by the Robot Project that was carried out in their second year. I was also invited to an Applicant Visit Day and I was surprised at how much time lecturers and staff spent getting to know me one-to-one as opposed to other universities. I feel that the facilities at Birmingham are on another level and I am really glad to be here!”
Technological systems invented, designed and managed by Electronic and Electrical engineers have a huge influence on our daily lives, our environment and our social interaction. If you’ve enjoyed maths and physical sciences at school, studying at Birmingham will give you an exciting chance to learn about all levels of design, from transistors, transmission media and electromagnetic devices, to the organisation and control of large-scale systems such as computers, communications networks and energy generation, and distribution infrastructure.
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 will bring your studies to life.
For the first two years of the degree, all of our undergraduates follow an integrated BEng or MEng route. Once you’ve finished your second year, you’ll then choose whether to complete the Mechatronics and Robotics BEng or go on to study for an MEng degree . Progression to the MEng will require excellent second year examination results. All students will have the opportunity to take a full year in industry before their final year, to gain extra experience and make a head-start on a rewarding career
First and second years
Our first year has been designed to provide a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop students’ 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.
You will now study your chosen specialist options in greater depth, as well as undertaking a major, research-based individual project. These projects span the breadth of our disciplines, are based on the world-leading research work being undertaken in the school and are well regarded by our industrial partners.
At Birmingham, we provide diverse, yet balanced, courses, enabling our graduates to gain employment in a wide range of industries. Teaching is provided by lecturers who are global experts in their field, with multi-million pound investment providing leading-edge teaching facilities and laboratories.
We produce graduates who can function in today's fast-changing marketplace, and your career prospects will be excellent. Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment.
Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb.
We are housed in the refurbished Gisbert Kapp building with its dedicated state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. We have three well-equipped computer laboratories and an agreement with Microsoft, through Microsoft Imagine, providing student access to key computing software. These labs are open until midnight every day. We also boast modern laboratories to support the teaching of electronic and electrical engineering, together with specialised labs that students can use for their individual projects. Students can also take advantage of the extensive facilities for embedded systems with microcontrollers, FPGAs, and DSP kits, or work with internationally leading research groups on projects in communications engineering and novel electronic devices.
Electrical Engineering 1
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.
1 & 2
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
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the
mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
1 & 2
Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation,
and introduce associated engineering applications.
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Integrated Design Project 1
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process
and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
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|Computing for Engineers
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.
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.
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|Digital Systems and Embedded Computing
|Engineering Mathematics 2
|Electronic Circuits and Devices and Electromagnetics
|Electrical Energy Systems and Control
|Integrated Design Project 2
|Multidisciplinary Software and Systems Engineering
|Integrated Design Project 3
|Choose 20 credits of optional modules. Example optional modules may include:
|Engineering Mathematics A+B
|Electrical Engineering 2
|The Internet of Things
|Communications Systems 2
|Electrical Power 2
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 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
- 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.
- BEng; D*D*D* plus Distinction in all units required.
BTEC Diploma considered in combination with A Level.
- 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
- 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.
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.
You will be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience.You can find out more about the members of staff in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering where you can read about their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest.
Collaborative Teaching Laboratory
The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL), planned to open in 2018/19, will become a hub for science & engineering teaching, with multifunctional labs suitable for subject-specific and cross-disciplinary teaching and team working.
As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).
What you can expect
Throughout your degree, depending on module choice, you can expect about 20 hours of contact time per week on average. This consits of approximately 14 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials/labs. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
How will I be taught?
As a Birmingham student, you are joining the academic elite and have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts in the field of electronic and electrical engineering. Throughout your studies, you'll be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, thriving on challenge and opportunities to think for yourself.
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.
In your first year the course is delivered via lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory classes. As you proceed through your course the number of structured hours decreases and there's a strong emphasis on project work in your final year.
Laboratory-based work is an integral part of our Electronic & Electrical Engineering degree programme, 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.
Lectures take place in our theatres which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with the latest technology, including facilities to show movies, animations and graphics, to record lectures and to interact with 'ask the audience' style electronic voting systems.
Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside the lecture course, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Project Work. 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. To support this the entire second year goes on a team-building trip in the Lake District before starting their group project. For many of our students these trips help to build skills and friendships which last long beyond their project work.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
The course modules are taught through lectures, tutorial problem classes, and laboratory and/or project work, and you'll be assessed through a mixture of written exams and continually assessed coursework. As your degree progresses, you will attend fewer lectures and perform more practical work in preparation for your final-year project. Around half of the total course marks are assessed through formal examination, and half through coursework or continuous assessment.
During your first year you will undergo a formal 'transition' review, mentioned above, to see how you are getting on and whether there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your School or Department and can help with any academic issues you encounter. Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre?s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note taking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
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 within four weeks, highlighting the positives of your work as well as any areas that need more attention. You will also be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you fail an exam we will ensure that you receive particularly detailed feedback to enable you to learn for the future.
The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16 shows that 97% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.
Preparing for your career is one of the first things you need to think about when you start university. There is a great demand for trained engineers, and armed with a good degree from a world-renowned university like Birmingham, our graduates have the opportunity to get involved in all sorts of exciting projects close to home or further away. Our accredited degree programmes provide an excellent preparation for rewarding professional careers in the electronics, computing, telecommunications and energy industries. But the skills you'll gain, such as technical engineering, applied science and mathematical, computing, teamworking, and project and management skills, also open up career opportunities in the fields of financial services and consultancy.
At the University of Birmingham, we enhance your employability with superb opportunities to gain industry experience, assiting you to secure mentoring opportunities, global internships and placements. Spending a whole year in industry before final study year is a chance to earn money and gain real-life experience, allowing you to get involved in serious projects and put into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. It's a great chance to prove your worth and placements often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.
Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge. 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.
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Career destinations of recent graduates include:
Engineering Officer (RAF)
Graduate Engineer (Network Rail)
Digital Media Assistant (Road Safety Analysis)
Graduate Electrical Construction (National Grid)
Design Engineer (IDX co. Ltd)
Systems Designer (Amor Group)
Graduate Test Engineer (Goodrich)
Advanced Product Creation Engineer (Jaguar Landrover)
Production Manager (Powelectrics Ltd)
The graduate employment market is competitive, many employers require evidence of employability or being ready for the world of work.
Internships represent a great way for you to gain experience of the workplace. They also offer employers the opportunity of clarifying what they are looking for and perhaps even assessing interns for future employment.
We offer our students the opportunity of internship placements during their time at Birmingham.
The video below talks to students, staff and employers about their internship experience:
University Careers Network
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
If you make the most of the wide range of services
you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Visit the careers section of the University website for further information.
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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,
UB Robotics Club and
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.
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 - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.