Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

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  • 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.
  • Prepare for the full degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
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. This foundation year course is for those who don't meet the entry requirements for our BEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering course, or would like extra preparation before starting degree-level study. 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. 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. 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 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.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. 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 Electrical And Electronic Principles Foundation Mathematics 1 Functions And Calculus Fundamental Engineering Principles Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Elective modules Engineering And Mathematics In Practice Mathematical Investigations Year 2 Compulsory modules Engineering Principles Fundamentals Of Analogue & Digital Electronics Maths And Computational Methods Professional Engineering Practice Year 3 Compulsory modules Analogue And Digital Electronic Design Control & Automation For Mechatronics Industrial Group Embedded System Project Mechanical Concepts & Mechatronics Systems Applications Year 4 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Advanced Robotics, Automation, Machine Vision, And Sensor Fusion Artificial Intelligence And The Internet Of Things Project: Implementation Project: Management And Scoping

Assessment method

Coursework | Exam | Practical

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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We may also accept you, if you have no formal qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

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Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6If 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

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. 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. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

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Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS