BEng (Honours) Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BEng (Honours)

Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering

Full-time Engineering

Develop technical knowledge and professional skills in mechatronics and robotics – collaboratively solving industrial problems to prepare yourself for a range of roles and sectors.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    AA14

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


Course summary

  • Become a professional mechatronics and robotics engineer from day one. 
  • Use mechatronics and robotics knowledge to solve real-world scenarios.
  • Apply artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technology to robots and mechatronics.
  • Learn to solve problems experimentally, analytically, numerically and digitally. 
  • Explore multidisciplinary engineering perspectives to enhance your versatility.

The course will develop and build your professional engineering skills to help you progress towards recognition as an accredited engineer with the relevant professional engineering institution. You’ll learn how to design advanced mechatronic systems and integrate mechanical, electrical and software components – contributing to the development of cutting-edge robotic systems across various industries.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the BEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with foundation year course. 


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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course is designed for you to gain experience as a professional engineer from day one, developing your experience and skills from the very start. You’ll also critically reflect on your academic, technical and key skills, informing action plans to develop your skills through authentic work experience.

As well as technical skills, the course focuses on developing and building your graduate employability skills – providing opportunities for you to work in small and large teams. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to progress towards recognition as an accredited engineer with the relevant professional engineering institution. 

You learn through: 

  • Diverse lectures emphasising peer collaboration.
  • Tutorials to practise and apply your knowledge ahead of assessments.
  • Hands-on lab experience including computational modelling and simulation.
  • Q&A and discussions for self-assessment and understanding.
  • Support sessions for receiving feedback and preparing for assessments.
  • Teamwork activities for collaboration in an innovative environment.
  • Project-based learning to apply knowledge, creativity, design, critical analysis and professional skills to real-world projects.

Course topics

This course will develop your skills in the fundamentals of engineering and relevant mathematics, as well as practical and project skills. Building on those fundamentals, you’ll study, design and analyse various aspects of robotics and mechatronic systems.

The topics you’ll explore range from analogue and digital electronics to mechanical concepts engineering and the applications of mechatronics systems. You’ll also study advanced robotics, automation, machine vision and sensor fusion – plus AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), control and automation. You’ll then undertake an individual research project, developing the ability to project manage and solve real-world problems. 

Assessment will use a balanced mixture of coursework and examinations, to support an inclusive approach to teaching and learning. This may be achieved through laboratory reports, short tests, virtual learning environment discussions, presentations and report writing. 

Course support

  • You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment. This includes: 
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-on-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.
  • The Engineering Café, a weekly drop-in session where you can ask questions and get advice from academics.
  • A dedicated Maths and Stats Support drop-in session that runs twice a week.

Course leaders and tutors

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Augustine Ikpehai
Senior Lecturer

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Applied learning

Work placements  

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement between your second and third years. It's your chance to work as an engineer, applying what you've learned in a commercial environment. You’ll learn how the industry works and make valuable connections for your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

To complement this, you’ll have access to various support activities, resources, employer events and opportunities from your Careers & Employability Team – helping you make the most of your work experience opportunities during your degree. 

Live projects  

You’ll have the opportunity to work on live client-based projects and or national/international design challenges. 

Previous students have worked on live client-based projects, such as data acquisition from the Formula Student car, using analytics to enhance vehicle performance. 

Networking opportunities 

You’ll be able to attend a presentation from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) about the routes to becoming a professional engineer.

Throughout the course, you can attend scheduled events across the academic year and meet industry partners, employers, researchers, and alumni. Past events have included the Alumni Careers Panel, Careers Fair, Winter Research Poster Event, SHU Racing Launch and EngFest.

You’ll also have the opportunity to become a member of the Siemens Connected Curriculum, which organises visiting lecturers to Sheffield Hallam, competitions among universities and offers free access to industrial automation software. 

Competitions 

You’ll get the opportunity to take part in national and international engineering competitions 

These include Formula Student – where you design and build a race car and race it at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix. There’s also the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Challenge – where you get hands-on experience in designing, building, and operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones). 

And you’re welcome to join the Formula Student group and the Robotics Society at Sheffield Hallam.


Future careers

Employability development is explicitly embedded in key modules across each level. Course contents are regularly updated in light of technical developments and the changing needs of the industry. 

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • Automation and control  
  • Robotics    
  • Process     
  • Project engineering 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Energy 
  • Automotive 
  • Aerospace 
  • Mechatronic engineering
  • Project engineering

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

You’ll learn in excellent teaching facilities, including an impressive range of professionally-equipped laboratories for teaching, projects and research.  

  • We have cutting-edge teaching space, laboratories and workshops for:
  • Embedded systems – hardware and software facilities for advanced Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), and microcontroller development (ARM and Arduino).
  • Electronics and communications – modern digital oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies and spectrum analysers.
  • Control systems – Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), pneumatic and hydraulic kits with software for monitoring and control (supervisory control and data acquisition).
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) and simulation software such as SolidWorks and SPICE.
  • Analysis software such as Fluent, Abaqus, Ansys and MATLAB.
  • Automation, industry 4.0 facilities and a wide range of fixed and mobile robots and cobots.
  • Rapid prototyping equipment with laser cutters and 3D printers.
  • Materials testing and manufacturing.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics and scientific subjects). For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level including relevant subjects.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification
  • A combination of qualifications which must include relevant subjects and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

*GCSE Equivalents

  • Level 2 Literacy or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Numeracy or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths


• Foundation - pass from our Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics, depending on academic performance.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Engineering Principles
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Fundamentals Of Analogue & Digital Electronics
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Maths And Computational Methods
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Professional Engineering Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Analogue And Digital Electronic Design
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Control & Automation For Mechatronics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Industrial Group Embedded System Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Mechanical Concepts & Mechatronics Systems Applications
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Advanced Robotics, Automation, Machine Vision, And Sensor Fusion
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Artificial Intelligence And The Internet Of Things
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Project: Implementation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Project: Management And Scoping
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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