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Mechatronics & Intelligent Machines

2 Years
January 2024
Campus Taught

Learn how to systematically apply engineering principles to complex and unpredictable real-world problems on our MSc Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines course. You’ll explore the new technologies transforming the world in which we live whilst also securing practical experience through a workplace or industry placement.

Why study with us

  • Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, our £35m Engineering Innovation Centre provides an integrated space for teaching, research and work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners.
  • Access world-class facilities in manufacturing, including the Intelligent Condition Monitoring, Intelligent Structural Health Monitoring, Instrumentation, Mechatronic, Tribology and Materials Testing labs, and engineering and CNC workshops, a metals and 3D workshop, and a rapid prototyping suite. 
  • You’ll develop the high levels of judgement, team-working, leadership, initiative, delegation and decision-making responsibilities needed for a professional career in Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines engineering.

What you’ll do

  • Enhance your work experience through a twelve to thirty-eight-month professional placement that’s built into your MSc. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.
  • Guest lectures provide you with the opportunity to hear expert internal and external speakers from industry. Providing invaluable insight into some of the applications, needs and roles of Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines engineers, these lectures also open up career opportunities.
  • You will have the chance to travel internationally to participate in conferences and to publish in research publications. You’ll also have the opportunity to work closely on industrial, research, and EU projects.
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Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • EL4166: Research Methods
  • EL4895: MSc Project (Engineering)
  • ER4104: Advanced Topics in Industry 4.0
  • ER4105: Intelligent Machines
  • ER4200: Advanced Mechatronics Systems
Optional modules
  • EL3243: Embedded Real-Time Systems
  • EL4101: Professional Placement (Engineering)
  • EL4102: Work Placement (Engineering)
  • ER4165: Advanced Topics in Machine Intelligence
  • ER4706: Applied Instrumentation
  • MP3604: Advanced Computer Aided Design
  • MP3672: Engineering Simulation
  • MP3731: Engineering Design
  • MP3732: Operations Management B
  • MP4580: Engineer in Society
  • MP4701: Design and Operation of Sustainable Systems
  • MP4708: Renewable Energy Technology

EL4166: Research Methods

This module will develop the skills necessary for you to conduct technical studies at an advanced level effectively.

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Tony Broad
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Tony teaches across a range of Engineering courses with a Mechanical bias, this includes Aerospace, Mechanical, Motorsport, Energy and Computer Aided Engineering courses. Coming from industry, Tony has a wealth of industrial experience and specialises in Computer Aided Design (C...

Dr Hadley Brooks
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Hadley teaches across a range of subjects for our engineering team, with particular expertise in manufacturing. His research is focused on additive manufacturing and is head of the Additive Manufacturing lab in the Engineering Innovation Centre. In recognition of his contribution...

The University 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.

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

The course is designed to meet Engineering Council’s requirements for Partial CEng (Further Learning) and will be put forward for professional accreditation with Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Future careers

On successful completion of this MSc Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines, you will be eligible to apply for progression to world-leading research degrees within the University’s Jost Institute for Tribotechnology.

The MSc Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines course is intended to provide the opportunity to gain specialisation in Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines engineering and to enable graduates to become Chartered Engineers.

Study in our Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

During your studies with us you’ll benefit from our new £35 million EIC building which provides an integrated teaching space in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Fees and funding

Full-time£8,400 per year
Sandwich year£2,000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£933 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year
Full-time£9,000 per year
Sandwich year£2,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

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