This multidisciplinary course gives you the chance to broaden your knowledge and skills, exploring many exciting aspects of electronics, mechanical design, and artificial intelligence.
You’ll learn the fundamental concepts of the field, alongside new innovations currently trending in the field of mechatronics and robotics.
Every year of your course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
Ethics plays an integral role in the engineering practices of today, which is why you’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course. You’ll be taught by academics from the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, as well as your lecturers, covering a wide range of topics such as professionalism and codes of conduct, corporate social responsibility, engineering and responsibility, ethics in innovation and research ethics.
The ethics training will advance your critical thinking, communication and creative problem-solving skills which are crucial to employers, but it will also help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you may encounter in your professional life in the engineering industry.
Each academic year, you'll take a total of 120 credits.
Years 1 and 2
You’ll study a wide variety of core modules in your first two years, giving you a solid foundation across different disciplines. Topics may include circuit theory, analysis and design, digital electronics, programming, artificial intelligence, solid mechanics, design and manufacture, embedded systems, and power electronics, among others. You’ll also see how mechanics, electronics, and computer engineering can come together in the development of mechatronics and robotic systems.
You’ll build on your knowledge in a more specialised direction. You’ll study key areas in mechatronics and robotics such as control systems, electric machines and additive manufacturing. An individual project will allow you to focus on an engineering problem in depth.
You’ll be introduced to different applications of robotics and mechatronics and benefit from an even broader choice of modules. You could focus on power electronics and drives, more specialised robotics and topics in computing, amongst others. You’ll also develop your understanding of the industry through a major individual project and complete a substantial team project.
You’ll have the opportunity to work with your supervisors throughout the project, who’ll be experts in their research area.
Recent projects include:
- Autonomous search-and-rescue robot
- Quadrocopter surveillance drone
- Multiple antenna transmission and OFDMA for WiMax
- Surgical inspection robot
- Assistive exoskeletons
One-year optional work placement or study abroad
During your course, you’ll be given the opportunity to advance your skill set and experience further. You can apply to either undertake a one-year industrial work placement or study abroad for a year, choosing from a selection of universities we’re in partnership with worldwide.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
<p><h3>Module</h3><p><strong>Year 1 </strong></p><p><strong>Compulsory modules </strong></p><p><strong>Circuit Analysis and Design – 20 credits</strong></p><p>You’ll be introduced to key electronic components, the basic concepts of electronic circuit analysis and design, and the basic principles of electronic circuit test and measurement.</p><p><strong>Mechanics for Mechatronics and Robotics – 20 credits</strong></p><p>You’ll be introduced to the basic engineering principles required for analysing motion and the forces that produce it and to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of structural analysis and its application to the general field of engineering. You’ll develop the ability and apply these techniques to tackle typical dynamics and structural problems and produce solutions for applications in mechanical engineering.</p><p><strong>Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers – 20 credits</strong></p><p>Study the fundamentals of digital electronics and embedded systems, including underlying theories in digital electronics. In this year, you’ll be equipped with practical design skills including proficiency in embedded systems programming.</p><p><strong>Foundations of Mechatronics and Robotics – 20 credits</strong></p><p>Learn about of various types of robotics and mechatronic systems, starting from basic principles of robots to their numerous applications and different types of robots. You’ll be provided with the basic understanding of the knowledge required to design, control, and analyse appropriate robotic mechanisms for various applications.</p><p><strong>Engineering Mathematics – 20 Credits</strong></p><p>This module is intended to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the key mathematical principles necessary to underpin their education in engineering. On completion of this module, you’ll be able to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations to the analysis and solution of engineering problems, especially within the field of mechatronics and robotics engineering.</p><p><strong>Design Project – 10 Credits</strong></p><p>Develop essential skills in interpreting circuit diagrams, building the corresponding physical prototype and using laboratory instruments to test and evaluate the circuit. You’ll also have an opportunity to learn important practical laboratory skills and engage in a team design project.</p><p><strong>Year 2 </strong></p><p><strong>Compulsory modules </strong></p><p><strong>Electronic Circuits and Systems Design – 20 credits</strong></p><p>Gain the necessary skills and knowledge to design and build a variety of electronic circuits and systems. This will include aspects of underlying circuit theory, simulation, and practical implementation.</p><p><strong>Design and Manufacture for Mechatronics and Robotics – 20 credits</strong></p><p>Learn how to follow a structured process to design mechatronic devices, and use solid modelling software to create solid models, assembly models and simple engineering drawings. You’ll gain an appreciation for design science and build simple mechatronic devices. Basic manufacturing processes and ethical considerations relating to design will also be covered.</p><p><strong>Sensors, Actuators and Mechanisms – 20 credits</strong></p><p>Broaden your knowledge and practical experience of mechanisms, actuators, and sensors, and study how these elements should come together to create an interactive control system. You’ll learn the theory and characteristics of various actuators and sensors, including their practical functionality within an integrated system, as well as develop the ability to critically assess mechanisms.</p><p><strong>Power Electronics – 20 credits</strong></p><p>Develop the appropriate analytical skills and knowledge to design electrical power converters and an understanding of power electronic conversion techniques, including the basic converters (DC-DC, AC-DC and DC-AC). You’ll learn the methods of circuit analysis applicable to switched mode circuits, and gain familiarity with the properties of the relevant semiconductor devices.</p><p><strong>Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning – 20 credits</strong></p><p>Learn the foundations of artificial Intelligence and be introduced to the basics of machine learning. This module will equip you with knowledge and skills to employ artificial intelligence and machine learning to tackle real-world problems. You’ll also develop the ability to identify and analyse technical limitations, as well as social, ethical and legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence applications.</p><p><strong>Embedded Systems Project – 20 credits</strong></p><p>The embedded systems project module will challenge you to design a prototype product within a tightly-constrained set of software tools and hardware components. The major objective is for you to develop proficiency in programming a state-of-the-art microcontroller to interface with sensors/actuators and a display, as required. You’ll also learn project management and presentation skills.</p><p><strong>Year 3 </strong></p><p><strong>Compulsory modules </strong></p><p><strong>Control Systems – 20 credits</strong></p><p>Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of control systems, including linear systems analysis using Laplace transforms and transfer functions, the transient response of feedback systems, and stability criteria.</p><p><strong>Electric Machines – 20 credits</strong></p><p>You’ll be introduced to the basic principles of electromechanical conversion with a focus on both DC and AC electric machines. This module covers the operation of electric machines, starting from basic electromechanical conversion principles to their numerous applications and visiting different machine types and designs. You’ll be equipped with the necessary skills to select and analyse appropriate electric machines for different applications.</p><p><strong>Additive Manufacturing – 20 credits</strong></p><p>This module introduces the concepts of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and demonstrates the different commercially available AM techniques. The latest developments in this rapidly evolving field are covered including industry standards, strengths and weaknesses of the various technologies and applications and case studies from the AM industry. You’ll gain an understanding of complex design techniques and have the opportunity of engaging with practical aspects of product development, reverse engineering and additive manufacturing.</p><p><strong>Professional Studies – 10 credits</strong></p><p>You’ll be introduced to a variety of important aspects of working in industry and to the role of the engineer in society.</p><p><strong>Individual Project – 40 credits</strong></p><p>You'll complete a major individual engineering project under the supervision of an individual member of the academic staff. The individual engineering project will give you the opportunity to choose a project area in which you can carry out research and apply knowledge gained from core engineering modules, with a particular focus on the design of control systems, integration of sensors and actuators, electrical and mechanical mechanisms, and demonstration of such a system with appropriate software. You'll apply professional skills, including project management, risk management, decision making and identifying and managing cost drivers. Delivery of a final project report will give you the opportunity to apply critical analysis and detailed research in addition to developing your communication skills.</p><p><strong>Year 4 </strong></p><p><strong>Compulsory Modules </strong></p><p><strong>Modern Industry Practice – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Develop a detailed understanding of the global engineering industry to assist you in making appropriate career plans. Professional engineers need to have a sound knowledge of how the engineering industry operates, including the different roles within companies, the operation of supply chains, legal and contractual issues, and much more. This knowledge is also vital for individual career planning.</p><p><strong>Team Project – 45 credits</strong></p><p>Undertake an advanced engineering project in groups of 3 to 6 supervised by a member of staff and mentored by a collaborator from industry. The projects are set up to emulate professional practices: you’ll be required to develop a tender or business plan with industrial mentors acting as customers.</p><p><strong>Optional Modules </strong></p><p>The MEng programme in year 4 has a selection of optional modules for each semester from which you must choose 4. Note you are only permitted to choose two modules for each semester.</p><p>Basket (60 credits)</p><p><strong>Semester 1</strong></p><p><strong>Power Electronics and Drives – 15 credits</strong></p><p>You'll have the opportunity to explore the applications of power electronics for machines and other conventional electrical systems. You will gain skills in analysing, designing, simulating and evaluating power converters for the control of various applications.</p><p><strong>Control Systems Design – 15 credits</strong></p><p>This module covers the analysis and design of control systems. Your knowledge and understanding of linear systems will be developed to enable you to analyse control systems using analytical techniques and computer tools. You’ll be introduced to the principles of digital control systems, and methods for their implementation.</p><p><strong>Aerial Robotics – 15 credits</strong></p><p>You'll be introduced to aerial robotics and learn the foundational skills in the design, control, and operation, ethical and legal aspects.</p><p><strong>Biomechatronics and Medical Robotics – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Biomechatronics is the application of mechatronic engineering to human biology. This module will provide you with an understanding of biomechatronic and Medical Robotic engineering systems challenges, solutions and analysis. The module covers a number of areas of interest including: sensors, actuators and Artificial Intelligence for control applications.</p><p><strong>Semester 2</strong></p><p><strong>FPGA Design for System-on-Chip – 15 credits</strong></p><p>You’ll study design principles of modern FPGA systems using Hardware Description Languages and contemporary, industry-standard design tools.</p><p><strong>Embedded Microprocessor System Design – 15 credits</strong></p><p>The various options for embedded system implementation and operation of System-on-Chip development systems will be covered. You’ll gain an understanding of aspects of optimization based on the embedded processor architectures and learn how to use support tools to design and implement specified case studies.</p><p><strong>Intelligent Systems and Robotics – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Learn how AI techniques and principles from biological systems can be applied to robots to control behaviour and sense environments. You’ll develop an understanding of the theoretical problems inherent in robotics and use pre-built robots to design, implement and test different control and perceptual systems.</p><p><strong>Bio-inspired Computing – 15 credits</strong></p><p>This module considers examples of cooperative phenomena in nature and the concepts of emergence and self-organisation. You’ll design and apply simple genetic algorithms, and you’ll Interpret the behaviour of algorithms based on the cooperative behaviour of distributed agents with no, or little, central control. This module will also cover how to implement bio-inspired algorithms to solve a range of problems.</p></p>
Learning and teaching
As an engineering student at Leeds, we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, small group tutorials and practical lab work.
Laboratory classes and project work allows you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real-life work situations. Together, they’ll equip you with in-depth knowledge, key practical skills and transferable skills that will help you secure a graduate job. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.
You’ll be assigned an academic personal tutor to guide you through your studies, and you’ll receive support from fellow students through our peer mentoring scheme. Peer mentors are students who are on your course but are in years 2 or 3. They’ll help you when you arrive at University and throughout your first year. You’ll meet your peer mentors during your first week for a social activity.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Most modules are assessed by more than one component. These components can include written examinations held at the end of each year, in-class and online tests, example sheets, assignments and coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.