University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Department of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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BEng Mechatronic Engineering 

What is mechatronic engineering?

Mechatronic engineering is a professional discipline that combines electrical and mechanical engineering with computer technology and control engineering. It explores and uses new technologies in automation and robotics, allowing tasks in hazardous environments or precise positioning to be accomplished for the benefits of health, safety, society and economy. As a discipline it has developed from modern industrial and technological development and the evolution of complex, intelligent machines that have moving parts and are controlled by software-dependent electronic devices.

Why study the mechatronic engineering?

This course draws on The University of Nottingham’s long tradition of collaboration with industry to explore new frontiers not only in China but all over the world. It is delivered across Nottingham Malaysia and China campuses bringing exciting opportunities of research, industrial collaboration and learning.

Many of the modules are taught by academic staff from electrical and electronic as well as mechanical engineering.

By the end of the course you will:

    • acquire basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific base of mechatronics that will permit you to practise as a professional mechatronic engineer
    • develop sufficient competence in mathematics to enable you to analyse complex problems
    • gain an understanding of the development of mechatronic systems and manufacturing processes
    • have the skills required to design mechatronic systems
    • be able to communicate both orally and in writing with technical and non-technical colleagues in the workplace and beyond
    • be able to work in a group, enabling you to work in professional teams
    • have a high level of practical skill in information technology
    • have partially fulfilled the educational requirements needed to gain chartered engineer status

The course

The course is taught over three or four years incorporating a preliminary year, where necessary, and the traditional three-year University of Nottingham degree.

Project work is an important aspect of any engineering degree and this forms a thread throughout.

Year one (Preliminary year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

The preliminary year programme equips students with the language and study skills they need to manage their studies independently and to meet the demands of their future academic course. Students study a combination of academic English courses and content courses which are designed to develop the specific language and study skills they will need for their future degree course.

Years two and three (qualifying and part one)

Students share common topics with the departments of electrical and electronic engineering and mechanical, materials and manufacturing engineering that are relevant to mechatronic engineering.

In the part one year, students undertake a mechatronics-related microcontroller-based group project.

In these two years, the majority of modules are 10 credits and are studied over a single semester.

The exceptions to this are:

      • in the qualifying year one module is studied year-long.
      • in the part one year, two modules are studied year-long and two 20 credits modules are studied in each semester.

Year four (part two)

Students continue to work on common topics with other engineering disciplines, with the addition of tailored topics for mechatronics engineering. In this year, a project module is also studied over a full year and students have the opportunity to undertake an individual project.

Careers and further study

Of the 28 undergraduates who graduated from the department in 2014 and continued onto postgraduate studies, 91% were admitted by world top 100 universities according to the 2013-14 QS World University Rankings. The majority of our graduates pursue fantastic careers in engineering, while others enter the management and commerce sector, or software and IT.

Hardware resources

Mechatronic Laboratory

Course director

Dr Francis Nickols


Office: PMB341

Application information 
Exchange programme 

Exchange Out and Study Abroad Programme


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