Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines

Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines BEng (Hons)

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: 3 years; Part-time: 6 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September (Full-time and Part-Time) and January (Part-time)

  • This course is designed to equip, and enable you to work as a graduate engineer through the skilled application of your knowledge of Mechatronics.
  • You will work alongside our research active staff with the possibility of continuing on to PhD research.
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Course Overview

Year 1 & 2

  • ER1010 - Engineering Analysis
  • ER1020 - Engineering Design
  • ER1030 - Engineering Science
  • ER1730-  Electronics and Electronic Engineering Practice

One of the following modules:

  • MP2590 -Dynamic Modelling of Eng’g Systems
  • EL2104 - Instrumentation & Control (O)

Two of the following modules:

  • MP2576 - Thermo-fluids
  • MP2721 - Operations Management A
  • EL2241 - Electronic Systems


Year 3


  • 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
  • ER3801 - Advanced Engineering Portfolio

One of the following modules:

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


Option to choose one of these:

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


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

*Only one module could be chosen from: EL3996, MP3732, MP3704, MP3703; If EL3995 is chosen as the project module, EL3996 must be chosen.

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at C or STEM at C.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit including Maths units.
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects & HL5 in required subject.
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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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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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.