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Undergraduate

BEng Mechatronics and Robotics

Robots and AI are the present and the future. Benefit from superb facilities on this hands-on course that combines mechatronics and robotics, computer science and engineering.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

H360

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Start date

Course overview

Robots and Artificial Intelligence are changing the world around us, transforming how we live and work.

Amazon’s automated warehouses are revolutionising the way businesses operate. Drones deliver medicines to remote regions of the world. Robots are being used instead of humans in hazardous or inaccessible areas.

Mechatronics and robotics brings together three disciplines and applies them to the design and manufacture of intelligent systems. The course is an exciting combination of approximately one third computer science, one third engineering and one third mechatronics and robotics modules.

These courses place great emphasis on the design, implementation and evaluation of automated and robotic systems. Topics you’ll cover include programming and algorithmic thinking, Artificial Intelligence and computer vision. You’ll do lots of problem-based learning and, of course, build your own robots.

Our teaching is linked to our research in simulation, visualisation, dependable systems, robotics, 3D printing and mobile and distributed computing, meaning you’ll be at the forefront of developments in this rapidly growing field.

We provide a range of specialist facilities including a specialist robotics lab. Here you’ll get hands-on with humanoid Baxter and Nao robots and our 3D printed robot MARC (Multi-actuated Robotic Companion) created by our Head of Department Professor John Murray. And you’ll be able to digitally fabricate 3D models, prototypes and parts for your robotic systems in our FabLab. In addition to our robotics hardware, we also have motion capture environments for drones and VR/AR and MR facilities in the Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment (HIVE).

There is also a host of extracurricular opportunities from hackathons to networking events with employers to help you enjoy your time at university.

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

On-demand session

Computer Science

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Six reasons to study Mechatronics and Robotics at Hull

  1. Robotics lab with humanoid Baxter and Nao robots
  2. Digitally fabricate your own prototypes in our FabLab
  3. AR / VR technology in the HIVE*
  4. Research inspired teaching and ‘learning by doing’
  5. Enjoy networking events, hackathons and games jams
  6. Design and build your own robots

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Engineering Global Challenge I

    Learn the basics of CAD (SolidWorks) and apply the skills to solve a defined contemporary problem as part of an interdisciplinary engineering team.

    Fundamentals of Engineering

    Introducing the key principles and concepts of mechanical and electrical and electronic engineering; ranging from digital electronics to basic stress analysis concepts.

    Mathematics for Engineers

    Gain knowledge of the characteristics of a range of functions and techniques appropriate to engineering, developing expertise in analysis, interpretation and problem solving.

    Practical Skills for Engineers

    An introduction to key experiments and construction skills required for electrical and electronic engineers, as well as hands-on experience in the mechanical engineering manufacturing workshop.

    Programming and Control

    Communication of mathematical problems and solutions, as well as logic simulation and C programming results for academic, specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Thermofluids

    Gain knowledge, comprehension and hands-on experience of using a range of mathematical functions and techniques appropriate to the application of Engineering Thermofluids to engineering processes.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    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

    You'll focus on advanced mathematical used to model and control dynamical systems. You'll also be introduced to Laplace and Fourier transform techniques.

    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.

    Microprocessor Design

    Explore the internal architectures of microprocessors and microcontrollers, together with the mechanisms for program execution, communication and interfacing.

    Networking and User Interface Design

    An introduction to computer networks and the role technologies 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.

Placement year modules

Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.

Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services such as the Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.

The industrial placement is fully assessed and counts towards your final degree result; it therefore requires the successful completion of academic assignments, a portfolio and a final report.

Final year modules

  • Core

    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

    Robotics and Automation

    Develop knowledge of the applications, modelling and analysis of industrial robots and their assembly. You'll explore key features of design and methods of controlling robotic devices.

    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. 

    Machine Vision and Sensor Fusion

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

    Embedded Systems Development

    Explore the fundamental mechanisms of program execution on a processor and a down-to-assembler level understanding of embedded solutions.

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

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

360 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

840 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

37%
63%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

300 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

900 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

50%
50%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

1,200 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

23%
10%
67%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Martin Davies Mechatronics and Robotics

"Robotics is the future, so it felt like the perfect course for me."

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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.

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Take a tour of the facilities

Take a 360-degree look at our robotics lab where you'll work with humanoid Baxter and Nao robots.

Fees and funding

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£17,550 per year

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

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

The fees shown are for 2021 entry. The fees for 2022 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Design engineer
  • Research and development specialist
  • Systems engineer
  • Programmer

You’ll find mechatronics and robotics in almost every aspect of modern life, creating a wealth of career opportunities for graduates.

You could help to develop the latest technology – from driverless cars to drones, space vehicles to automated production lines and technology-assisted clothing.

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*Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment (HIVE)