BEng/BEng (Hons) Mechatronics

Undergraduate, Full-Time

This course combines elements of electronic, mechanical and software engineering into one modern, varied and revolutionary engineering subject.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BEng/BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Mechatronics can be found everywhere, from everyday objects such as CD players and digital cameras, to cutting edge robotic technology such as interplanetary explorers.

With this programme of study you learn to design products and processes effectively with a focus on quality, function, speed and reliability.

You’ll gain a broad knowledge of engineering before learning how to apply theory to practical engineering situations in automation and product design using the most up-to-date industry standard equipment and software.

Please note this programme is only available for advanced entry to Year 2 or Year 3, there is no first year entry.


This course aims to provide you with the mechatronics skills that are in high demand from employers. You’ll learn to understand mathematical methods and broad engineering science concepts, then apply these to the design and development of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering systems.

You’ll also gain skills in design techniques, components and systems, computer-aided engineering and modelling techniques.

The degree course has Incorporated Engineer accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Honours degree has partial Chartered Engineer accreditation. This means that you will graduate with a highly regarded professional qualification as well as a degree.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Computational thinking and practice
  • Foundation mathematics
  • Mechanical principles
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Engineering communication
  • Mathematical methods 1

Year 2

  • Control measurement and instrumentation
  • Physical computing
  • Management for engineers 1
  • Electronic devices and circuits
  • Mathematical methods 2
  • Mechanics and thermofluids

Year 3

  • Engineering applications (electrical)
  • Engineering applications (mechanical)
  • Applied robotics
  • Programmable control engineering
  • Management for engineers 2
  • Engineering design (Honours)
  • Individual project (Degree)

Year 4

  • Advanced control engineering
  • Industrial automation
  • Mechatronics systems
  • Programmable logic design
  • Honours project (Honours)

Work placement

You are encouraged to take an optional industrial placement in addition to taught modules. Though this is non-credited, our placements team will support you to find placement opportunities.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

This qualification can lead to a wide range of career options across many industries.

Career opportunities

  • automation engineer
  • production engineer
  • process engineer
  • systems engineer
  • project engineer
  • development engineer
  • maintenance engineer
  • technology teacher
  • armed forces engineer
  • tv / film model animation

You will also have increased employability due to a skills shortage in this area of engineering.

You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Minimum Year 1

Please note there is no year 1 entry to this course.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

National 5 Grade B in English.

A Level

BBB including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

GCSE Grade B in English.


Pass HNC in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3 or equivalent Maths units, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.

Minimum Year 3


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3 and 4, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.


Pass DUT in a relevant subject with overall grade 12 to include English at 11 in final year of studies.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% overall, with minimum 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

Technical subjects accepted 

Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Technological Studies/Engineering Science, Design & Manufacture, Chemistry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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