Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines (with optional placement)

Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines (with optional placement) BEng (Hons) - Top-up

New technologies are completely transforming the world we live in. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of the many changes that we are going to see in the coming years on how machines operate. You will gain a deep understanding of intelligent machines and be able to develop Mechatronics systems which include,Electromechanical Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers, robotics, precision technologies, systems engineering and engineering management. You will work alongside our research active staff with the possibility of continuing on to PhD research. Students will have the opportunity to work closely in industrial, research, and EU projects.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full time: 12-16 months Part time: 24-30 months

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2018/19 Fees

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Entry Requirements

Students will normally be required to possess at least an HND, Foundation Degree, or other equivalent UK, EU or overseas qualification in Engineering based subjects related area to Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines, or overseas Engineering students who completed three years of study in subjects’ area related to Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines. However, all applicants will be assessed for admission to the course on an individual basis.

Students speaking English as a second language are required to achieve IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (eg., as demonstrated by previous study in English.)

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Course Overview


  • EL3995/MP3995 – Project (Core)
  • ER3200 – Mechatronics


Three of the following modules:

  • EL3300 – Machine Intelligence
  • EL3007 – Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • ER3201 – Electromechanical Systems
  • ER3202 – Programmable Logic Controllers
  • EL3250 – Microcontroller Systems
  • EL3243 – Embedded Real Time Systems
  • MP3604 – Advanced Computer Aided Design
  • MP3672 – Engineering Simulation
  • MP3680 – Fundamental of Engineering Simulation


One of the following modules:

  • EL3996 – Engineering Professionalism
  • MP3732 – Operation Management B
  • MP3704 – Maintenance Management
  • MP3703 – Project Management

* Only one module could be chosen from: MP3604, MP3672,MP3680

* Please note that running of optional modules is conditional on minimum student numbers and staff availability.


Option to choose one of these:

  • EI3999 – Industrial Placement (120 credits)
  • EI3998 – Work Placement (60 credits)

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The course adopts a range of approaches to the delivery of curriculum including: case studies, lectures, practical sessions, independent learning guided by a tutor and tutorial sessions.

Assessment of learning is conducted by a range of methods including: tutorial questions, examination, use of online assessment via Blackboard questions, extended assignments, presentations, poster defence and written reports.

Industry Links

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK. The advanced manufacturing sector in Lancashire employs around 73,300 people, accounting for 12% of total employment.

The School of Engineering has links with major employers in aerospace, automotive and civil engineering including BAE SYSTEMS and JLR, as well as sector support and supply chain organisations, such as the NW Aerospace Alliance and the Northern Automotive Alliance.


Students will have the chance for international travel, to participate in conferences and research publications. On successful completion of this programme, students will be eligible to apply for progression to world-leading research degrees within the Jost Institute for Tribotechnology. You may find further information on research degrees here.

The course covers both technical and management aspects of Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines engineering and forms a suitable basis for a career in a range of roles associated with System Engineering, Test Engineer, Maintenance engineering on range of applications.


The course benefits from world-class facilities in manufacturing, materials testing, tribology and computer aided engineering, including: 

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.