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MSc/PgDip/PgCertMechatronics & Automation

Why this course?

This course provides you with a broad introduction to the issues encountered and techniques required in developing advanced mechatronic products and automation systems.

Mechatronics and automation is becoming an increasingly important discipline in today’s digital society. New products have been designed applying mechatronic principles. Consumers and society have benefited tremendously from these new intelligent products that include:

  • the latest mobile phones with mechatronic features
  • intelligent robotic vacuum cleaners
  • intelligent wheelchairs

This course trains you to:

  • lead mechatronic and automation product development
  • contribute as team members to future mechatronic product development
  • provide expertise as mechatronic “specialists”

The course is aimed at:

  • graduates from relevant courses, who wish to study mechatronics and automation as their chosen career
  • those currently working in mechatronics and automation who wish to enhance their theoretical grounding and practical skills

You’ll study

You'll take a number of compulsory and optional modules. The postgraduate group project provides you with industry-related training.

Major projects

Haptic Sensing & Display for Telepresence, VR and Design

This project consists of an investigation and design of simple haptic sensing and display system.

Periscopic & Flexible Camera Extension

This project involves the design and building of a camera or camera extension.  

Facilities

The course is supported by a state-of-the art digital design and manufacture studio and prototype workshops. They provide:

  • the latest 3D visualisation technology
  • digital modelling
  • a computer-aided engineering systems development environment
  • digital model rapid prototyping machines

Accreditation

Accreditation is being sought for this programme from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Accreditation is being sought for this programme from the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Teaching staff

The course is delivered by leading internationally-renowned researchers in the fields of:

  • computer aided engineering design
  • computer modelling
  • system integration
  • rapid prototyping
  • computer visualisation
  • product development

Examples of such high-profile teaching staff include:

  • Professor Alex Duffy - past President of the Design Society
  • Professor Jonathan Corney - Chairman of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Edinburgh)
  • Professor William Ion, Operations Director of the Advanced Forming Research Centre
  • Dr Xiu-Tian Yan - Vice Chairman of The Mechatronics Forum

Course content

Compulsory classes

Manufacturing Automation
This class aims to enable you to grasp the reasons for using manufacturing automation, to understand the basic technology, to be able to select suitable applications for automation, and to be able to specify the type of automation to be used in specific cases.
Mechatronic Systems Design Techniques

This class aims to :

  • introduce design techniques at advanced level
  • enable you to understand the application of advanced product design engineering techniques in product development, in particular in mechatronic systems
  • provide opportunities for you to develop technology focused products or systems within the class supervised environment, including partial system evaluation and prototyping
Product Modelling & Visualisation
This class aims to enable you to understand the concepts of multi-perspective product modelling and techniques used to visualise better products before they are fully designed and manufactured.
Industrial Group Project
This class aims for you to integrate and apply course relevant knowledge in engineering design, mechatronics and automation, manufacture, and engineering management, to an industry-based project.
Postgraduate Individual Project
The aim of the individual project is to allow you to combine the skills learned in other classes and apply them within a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management. This will be achieved through you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their course and preparing a dissertation that documents the project.
Project Management
This class aims to provide you with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in Project Management with particular respect to the effective and efficient use of resources.

Elective classes

Choose from this list

Systems Integration
This class aims to enable you to understand the concepts of systems and their integration in a CAD system application and in advanced product design eg design for manufacture/assembly.
Design Methods
This class aims to enable you to select and apply appropriate design methods as a part of the design process.
Control Principles

This class will introduce you to the basic concepts, mathematical tools and design methods of classical control theory. It will enable you to use analysis and design tools used in control engineering and appreciate the industrial applications of control systems.

You'll also learn to analyse and design closed loop control system specifically using industrial three-term (PID) controllers. Through an introduction to advanced control methods, you'll gain a basic understanding of a time-domain approach to control analysis and design of industrial processes.

 

Control Techniques

Through an introduction to the concepts and tools of modelling, simulation for control of dynamical systems, and computer control engineering, you'll develop the skills required to understand and analyse digital control systems for real time engineering applications. You'll also appreciate the design of estimation and its use in control design.

Learning & teaching

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical laboratories

Assessment

Assessment is by written assignments and examinations.

Entry requirements

MSc

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.

PgDip

Degree, or good HND plus relevant industrial experience, may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. Depending on satisfactory progress, students may transfer from the Diploma to the Masters course.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £5,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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