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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Mechatronics and Robotics

UndergraduateBEng

Year of entry:
UCAS code: H360

What you'll study

Robots and AI are transforming the way we live and work. Enjoy access to the superb facilities of our new Robotics Lab and FabLab on this practical, hands-on course.

Besides the three-year option, there are more specialised versions of this course.

  • You can add a year’s work placement
  • Extend your study to Masters level with an extra year
  • A foundation year boosts your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Throughout this programme, you will learn about the systems and software required for autonomous and robotic systems as well as their design and development. From day one, you will apply this theoretical knowledge to real-life systems, constructing complex robotic and autonomous systems.

The development of artificial intelligence will enable robotic and autonomous devices to safely interact with people in an ever-increasing number of everyday situations. From fundamental principles to latest research developments, you will learn about these concepts and how to apply them to your own robotics projects, designed around real-world scenarios.

On the course, you will learn about embedded systems and devices. These systems are present in almost every modern device from watches, phones and washing machines to space probes and power plants. This sophisticated technology is totally dependent upon rapidly increasing levels of real-time processing made possible through the deployment of dependable embedded systems

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Fundamentals of Mechatronics and Robotics 1

    Discover the principles of robotic systems. You’ll learn to program robots to understand sensor inputs and navigate environments, and modify robots to meet new challenges.

  • Introduction to Programming and Algorithmic Thinking

    This module provides a foundation for students new to programming. Develop a practical skill that requires both logic and creativity, from understanding language syntax to constructing bigger, more complex systems and comparing and evaluating different programming approaches.

  • Mathematical Tools and Concepts

    This module delivers essential core mathematics knowledge, including polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, series, vectors, matrices and complex numbers. You'll be introduced to Mathworks' Matlab to solve mathematically described engineering problems as well as to present and process results from experiments and simulations.

  • Fundamentals of Mechatronics and Robotics 2

    Learn how to design a system to achieve a specific task. From anthropomorphic design to the application of gears and drive systems, you’ll build your own robotic system.

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Principles

    This module is designed to build upon your knowledge of programming, to reinforce fundamental concepts and to develop awareness of the issues involved in the implementation of larger-scale software.

  • Mathematics, Programming and Digital Logic Design

    This module delivers essential core mathematics knowledge, including differentiation, integration and differential equations. You'll be introduced to techniques and tools for the design and simulation of sequential logic circuits together with programming in C. Skills which are needed to develop embedded computer system applications.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Mechatronic Systems

    Learn about mechanical systems including actuators, drive systems and stress analysis of mechanical systems, through hands-on practical sessions in the lab.

  • Mathematics and Control for Engineers

    Develop more advanced mathematical techniques needed to solve a range of engineering problems. You'll focus on mathematical techniques used to model and control dynamical systems. You'll also be introduced to Laplace and Fourier transform techniques and how they may be applied to linear control systems.

  • Artificial Intelligence

    Gain an understanding of the basic theoretical issues of artificial intelligence and the making of intelligent agents both for games and more generally. You'll be introduced to the logic programming paradigm through the use of Prolog and explore knowledge representation issues and their use in designing AI programs. 

  • Microprocessor Design

    Learn to design digital circuits and systems using a hardware description language (HDL), and discover the structures and architectures involved in designing an embedded system.

  • Networking and User Interface Design

    This module introduces you to computer networks and the practical problems associated with such interconnections. It also addresses technologies and the role they play in creating the user interface for enterprise business web applications.

  • Mechatronics, Robotics, Sensors and Simulation

    Learn about sensor systems – understanding how to interpret sensor data and integrate sensor fusion systems. This module also introduces you to simulation tools and systems.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core module

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Honours Stage Project

    Tackle a substantial piece of computer-related investigation or software design in an area of your interest. This includes practical development and evaluation of your designs and implementation.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Robotics and Automation

    Develop knowledge of the applications, modelling and analysis of industrial robots and assembly systems. Key features of design, configuration and methods of controlling robotic devices and characteristics of assembly systems for component handling, including impact on production rates, are investigated.

  • Mechanical Engineering Analysis, Stress Analysis and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

    Develop your understanding of fundamental theories and techniques relevant to the mechanical engineering problems in stress analysis and dynamics. You will explore strength, stiffness and stability of components and structures under load, learn the basic principles of Newton's dynamics and apply this knowledge for static and dynamic analysis of mechanical systems.

  • Computational Intelligence

    On this module, you’ll discover how to simulate real-world systems and allocations, and how to interpret processes which mimic human behaviour.

  • Machine Vision and Sensor Fusion

    Key methods in image processing and sensory data fusion will be explored through theoretical analysis and computer simulations.

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More about this course

Drones are being used to deliver life-saving medicines to remote areas of the world. Unmanned robots are increasingly sent into hazardous or inaccessible areas. And, while the demand for expertise in this exciting field is booming, the UK lacks qualified personnel.

  • New Robotics Lab featuring humanoid Baxter and Nao robots, and our MARC (Multi-Actuated Robotic Companion) robots.
  • Digitally fabricate models and prototypes in our FabLab with a huge variety of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) 3D printers, laser scanners and cutters.
  • Benefit from the Hull Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE) which offers advanced visualization, motion capture and computer graphics technology.
  • Our teaching is informed by our research in simulation, visualization, dependable systems, robotics, 3D printing, and mobile and distributed computing.

Mechatronics and Robotics is a high-tech, interdisciplinary programme that combines electronics, mechanical engineering and computer science - and applies them to the design and manufacture of intelligent systems.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

37%

63%

Second year

50%

50%

Final year

23%

10%

67%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Study with professional and practising engineers – equipping you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career.

We keep up-to-date with emerging technologies to ensure you'll receive expert teaching of the most advanced ideas and techniques.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A level in Maths at Grade C or above.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Maths
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science or Engineering based Diploma with minimum of 45 credits at merit or higher, including 18 credits at merit in Maths.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: Engineering including merit in Maths for Engineers and Further Maths for Engineers.
  • BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma: Engineering including Merit in Calculus and Further Engineering Mathematics units
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: Engineering including Merit in Maths for Engineers and Applied Mathematics for Engineering units.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Mechatronics and robotics are present in almost every industry and aspect of modern life, from driverless cars to drones and from automated production lines to technology-assisted clothing, creating a wealth of career opportunities for graduates. 

Hull and the surrounding regions are rich in automation-dependant companies, in sectors including food production, industrial engineering, renewable energy and pharmaceutical, providing many opportunities for placements and employment.

Our graduates will develop skills in several areas of engineering and computer science, rather than specialising in just one, making them ideal candidates for team leadership posts. Typical roles include design engineer, research and development specialist, and systems engineer.