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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Mechatronics and Robotics


Year of entry:
UCAS code: H360

What you'll study

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

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Mechatronics and Robotics 1

  • Introduction to Programming and Algorithmic Thinking

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

  • Mathematics Tools and Concepts

  • Fundamentals of Mechatronics and Robotics 2

  • Object Oriented Programming and Principles

    This module is designed to build upon the basic knowledge of programming, to reinforce fundamental concepts and 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: differentiation, integration, differential equations.You'll be introduced to techniques and tools for the design and simulation of sequential logic circuits together with programming in C, both of which are needed to develop embedded computer system applications.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Mechatronic Systems

  • 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

  • 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 that these play in creating the user interface for enterprise business web applications.

  • Mechatronics, Robotics, Sensors and Simulation

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Machine Vision and Sensor Fusion

  • Individual Project

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More about this course

Technology is transforming the way we live and work. Self-scanning tills are taken for granted. Drones are being used to deliver life-saving medicines to remote areas of the world. Unmanned robots are increasingly being used in hazardous or inaccessible areas. And, while the demand for expertise in this field is booming, the UK lacks sufficient numbers of qualified people. This exciting, hands-on degree will give you the knowledge and skills to create intelligent systems that will benefit a wide range of industries, and open up a wealth of career opportunities. Mechatronics and robotics combines electronics and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computing.

As an integrated school of Engineering and Computer Science, we offer you a multidisciplinary experience, allowing you to develop a holistic view of engineering required by industry. We place a strong emphasis on learning by doing and problem-based learning.  You’ll have access to a new Robotics Lab and Fab Lab – a purpose built maker space with 3D printers, laser scanners, laser cutters and CNC to digitally manufacture models and prototypes. There’s also the potential for industrial placements and internships and a summer research internship programme that allows you to gain experience of academic research.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

Rated top five in the UK for student satisfaction and scored 10/10 for the progress our students make in the 2018 Guardian University Guide.

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.

Hull has a long history of accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. This year, we're undergoing re-accreditation.

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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 and 5 in HL Science subject 
  • 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 core and optional maths 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.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

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.

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.


Future Prospects

Mechatronics and robotics are present in almost every industry and aspect of modern life, creating a wealth of career opportunities for graduates. You could be helping to develop the latest technology, from driverless cars, to drones, unmanned aircraft and space vehicles, to automated production lines and technology-assisted clothing.

Experts in the field can go on to team leadership roles because they have the skills to integrate several areas of engineering and computer science, rather than specialise in just one. Typical roles include: design engineer, research and development specialist, or systems engineer.