Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering MEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (4 years)


January, September


Combine the mechanical with the electrical, and help to design the world we live in. Immerse yourself in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering studying our MEng (Hons) degree course: our four-year course lets you explore mechanics and automation, electronics and computing. Study in Chelmsford and work towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status when you graduate.

Full description


Mechanical engineering is possibly the most varied discipline in engineering. It deals with with materials, static and dynamic analysis, structural design, renewable energies, thermal engineering, product quality assurance, and manufacturing.

You'll have the opportunity to work in industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, renewable energies, 3D printing, and almost any product development and product-related application.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

In addition to our links with industry, our Employability Service and Placements Team offer opportunities to gain experience and employment through internships and career fairs. You can also take advantage of mentoring schemes, CV surgeries and interview preparation sessions.

Modules & assessment

Year 1 (level 4) modules

  • Start your journey to becoming a mechanical engineer and discover the wide range of applications and disciplines related to this industry. By gaining insight into career opportunities at this early stage in the course you can follow your interests throughout your study. You will learn about role of engineering in society, environmental issues, and sustainability, looking at ethical issues in engineering and the importance of marketing, commercial understanding, engineering standards, and legal aspects of pursuing a career in engineering. You will cover the history of mechanical engineering, motivating you with inspiring successes that have changed the human life forever, as well as learning lessons from failures. Through this module students will get the opportunity to visit manufacturing and engineering companies and to start to think and critically analyse as an engineer, discovering how to breakdown complex systems into parts and subparts in mechanical engineering terms so that you can simplify complex systems. Visits from guest lecturers from industry will also be encouraged, as will visits by representatives from the professional bodies such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. You’ll be encouraged to join professional bodies such as IMechE and IET and use the advantages from this throughout your course.
  • Develop the underpinning engineering skills needed to solve technical problems and communicate technical ideas and concepts. These skills are essential for the successful completion of your project and knowledge based modules. The module will be divided into two main areas; Mathematics and technical report writing. Mathematics will focus on the basic mathematical skills needed to understand the language of mathematics and to interpret engineering mathematical expressions. Algebraic skills will also be extensively developed to carry out mathematical analysis and solve engineering problems. The module will also introduce the mathematics of trigonometry and geometry and their application to solve practical engineering problems. Technical report writing is a fundamental communication skill for engineers and will be developed throughout the course. This part of the module aims to provide the tools to enable you to structure and present technical reports and also reference correctly. You will make use of appropriate IT skills to communicate technical ideas through the written word and by graphical means.
  • Apply your learning through project based learning, where you will have both individual work and group work where you will be in a multidisciplinary range of students from the mechanical engineering group. This module is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of manufacturing processes and mechatronics, from the in class theoretical briefings to hands on practical activities. You will gain insight on the need of selecting the most appropriate manufacturing processes, designing and building of basic electronic circuits, integrating mechanical products with electronic circuits, to form a mechatronics product. You will be introduced to modern equipment such as CNC machines and electronic building and testing devices. You will learn how to conform to the regulations relating to safe workshop and laboratory practice applying your materials and structural knowledge to analyse the structural integrity of their design and prototypes.
  • Focus on two key aspects of engineering. To start with you will look at vectors and use this knowledge to understand the Newton's law in basic mechanical problems. You will relate this to the static analysis of a system and equilibrium leading to calculation of various stresses in a mechanical structure. The second part is designed to introduce the structure and properties of a range of engineering materials, with an insight in the atomic structure of metals and non-metals to understand factors that influence the physical properties of materials. It provides a review of mechanical behaviour of metals such as load extension curves and their interpretations. You will carry out hands-on tensile tests on engineering materials, allowing you to apply your knowledge from the classroom. You will also explore the alloying of metals through equilibrium diagrams, using this information to determine structure. You will develop your skills in gathering and interpreting scientific information through a series of laboratory experiments. This will help you to become familiar with definition and applications of mechanical structures and, with further studies in nature of stress distribution and transformation in mechanical parts and structures, you will be able to evaluate basic failure criteria and apply safety factors in engineering design.

Year 2 (level 5) modules

  • Ruskin Modules are designed to prepare our students for a complex, challenging and changing future. These interdisciplinary modules provide the opportunity to further broaden your perspectives, develop your intellectual flexibility and creativity. You will work with others from different disciplines to enable you to reflect critically on the limitations of a single discipline to solve wider societal concerns. You will be supported to create meaningful connections across disciplines to apply new knowledge to tackle complex problems and key challenges. Ruskin Modules are designed to grow your confidence, seek and maximise opportunities to realise your potential to give you a distinctive edge and enhance your success in the workplace.
  • This project-based module follows the theme of improving the design of an existing mechanical appliance/product using the design concepts for enhanced performance metrics (eg, reduced cost, ease of manufacture, reduced lead time). Designed to give you the opportunity to work in groups in the multi-disciplined area of mechanical engineering you will work to achieve a common goal. You’ll use specialised engineering software packages eg, Autodesk Inventor and ANSYS to design parts for a product and apply appropriate constraints in assembly environment of a 3D CAD package, utilising design concepts (eg, design for manufacture/assembly) for enhanced product performance. You’ll be introduced to the concepts of structural design, materials, mechanical integrity and their importance while designing a product. This module will help you to understand and apply theoretical concepts related to statistics, process quality assurance and the implications of legal as well as ethical issues. You’ll also focus on the application of finite element analysis (FEA) and its use in the numerical analysis of integrity in mechanical products to assess applicability in engineering related uses. You will learn to plan the manufacturing method of your chosen product (using suitable modern manufacturing and prototyping methods, eg CNC machining, 3D printing), use mechanical testing methods (eg tensile test, bend test) and validate your work through numerical analysis.
  • Here you will be introduced to electrical engineering, exploring a wide variety of topics such as Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Theorem, Thevenin’s Theorem, and Norton’s Theorem, all needed to be able to apply your theory to engineering solutions. You’ll be introduced to both DC and AC circuits, learning the theory alongside laboratory practical sessions, giving you hands-on experience with the various types of circuits and theories being covered in the module.
  • A sound understanding of the nature, characteristics and sources of signals is an essential part when studying any aspect of electronic technology. Here you will gain a broad understand of signals, their sources and how they are processed using analogue and digital techniques. You will also gain an insight into how signals are characterised, analysed and filtered, looking particularly at frequency analysis and its application to audio signals in particular.
  • Building on previous modules here you will continue applying mathematics to express and solve engineering problems, moving on to include more complex mathematical concepts. You’ll be introduced to calculus, complex numbers, and Laplace transforms, helping you to develop an appreciation of the overwhelming influence that these concepts have had on engineering analysis and design, particularly with their application to specialist software. You’ll learn to apply differentiation and integration technics to solve engineering problems in dynamics, control, structural analysis, engineering optimisations, and computational engineering. You’ll also learn to analyse engineering concepts through solving complex equations and differential equations using analytical and numerical techniques. Coding is also used to develop your problem-solving skills and create solutions to complex mathematical problems, you’ll apply this to engineering problems to create a logical sequence of steps or solutions after which you’ll develop tests to check the solution is correct.

Year 3 (level 6) modules

  • This project-based module will help you to prepare for real scale industrial projects involving practical activities with wide versatility. In groups of 3-4 people, you will be expected to perform a team work study looking at feasibility, create/source the required CAD files, and perform FE and CFD analysis to design a scaled-down product that works under specified and realistic specifications. The product will need to be optimised by consistent iterations within FEA and CFD and the finalised proposal will be prototyped. Once the product is manufactured you’ll need to perform experiments and use the test data compare to the ones from the numerical analysis, giving a report to demonstrate your achievements.
  • Mechanical engineering systems, structural or machinery, often experience problems associated with vibration which may lead to failure of design and product. Part of this module will provide you with a fundamental understanding of problem of vibration and analytical tools necessary to model the problem in an engineering system. This will include classifications of vibration and analytical analysis of free and forced vibration in single degree of freedom systems. You will discuss the methods of vibration control as well as vibration measurements with emphasise on applied engineering. The second part of the module will provide you with fundamentals and classifications of control systems, including feedforward vs feedback and open vs closed loop controls as well as use of Laplace transform methods to analyse linear control systems.
  • Develop a deeper understanding, and learn the application of, numerical methods in engineering, as well as its extent in industry, its limitations and its scope of solving problems. The main aim in this module is to provide you with an overview of computational problem-solving manners in today’s industry and the expectations in real-world designs. To begin with, you will learn the C++ programming language that can be used in various engineering disciplines which you will explore by learning the discipline related applications in areas such as robotics, structural engineering, fluid mechanics, manufacturing, and automotive engineering. With an initial theoretical induction on Finite Element and Finite Difference methods, you will be predominantly 'hands on' and will apply FEA and CFD on realistically designed academic projects. At the theoretical level, you’ll learn to implement hand calculations for basic FEA and CFD questions, showing you the detailed process of the problem solutions using numerical methods. The skills learnt hear will enable you to do the necessary research, obtain test data, build FEA and CFD models and validate your results from case studies.
  • Explore the different aspects of a mechatronics system, covering sensing, programming, data acquisition, signal conditioning, control and actuation (electrical/mechanical/hydraulic/pneumatic) through a mixture of lectures and lab sessions. This will give you the change to apply your knowledge to real systems, giving you hands-on experience. In sensing, you’ll cover the basic types of sensors, their working mechanisms and applications. Programming deals with the different modes currently available eg, manual and automatic programming, allowing you to explore Arduino Uno. You’ll be introduced to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to help you understand their applicability in industrial applications. In data acquisition you’ll look at analogue-to digital and digital-to-analogue conversion, digital data representation and circuit analysis of useful conversion stages. You’ll also be introduced to the fundamentals of control theory: block diagrams and feedback, proportional control, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control, detailed analysis of DC motors, and finally speed and position control. Mechanical actuation systems will also be introduced, giving you a complete understanding of how different components of a mechatronic system work together, including concepts related to gear trains, hydraulic pumps, valves, pneumatic systems, kinematic chains, etc.

Year 4 (level 7) modules

  • This module will give you an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods in research design, and allow you to undertake an independent research project. The first part of module will lead you to develop a research proposal as well as a successful research ethics application. The second part of the module includes the supervisory support for you to carry out an independent research related to your individual discipline, leading to a practical, conceptual, or technological advancement in a complex, multi-factor problem.
  • In this module you will focus on the area of smart automation technology and robots in conjunction with intelligent systems and adaptive machine communication. You will gain a comprehensive overview of the technical aspects and state-of-the art methods in design and operation, acquiring knowledge and concepts for automation, programming and interaction of these intelligent systems in Flexible Manufacturing cell. You will also explore their adaptability to change of settings, looking at the capabilities, limitations and future trends in robot systems in order to specify and plan robot installations with major phase in design and operation of automated industrial applications for manufacturing functions.
  • Here you’ll have the opportunity to work in groups to undertake the design, development, integration, programming and application of a robotics system. This team activity will involve following a set of guidelines for the design of a robotics system followed by its development in a cost-effective manner. The integration will involve combining the electrical/mechanical components and programming them with the help of an appropriate programming language (icon based or text based) to perform a specified set of tasks. This involves critically analysing the choice of sensors and actuators to be fitted to the robotic system. You will engage with practical activities for the design of the mechanisms, electronics, and fabrication, which involves a critical understanding of constraints such as the operating environment, power requirements and sensing capabilities of the robotics system. This will all help you to understand how to brainstorm ideas for the different aspects of a robotic system and develop an appreciation for the compromises that needs to be made for the design and development of such systems.
  • For any business to operate efficiently and satisfy the customer's needs it must have reliable operating systems in place and this is particularly important for engineering businesses with technological changes and global markets. You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of engineering operating systems, including production, manufacturing, planning and plant resources required for a business to operate efficiently and reliably satisfy customers' needs. You will be provided with an in-depth study of the operating systems used in complex technical organisations with a view to identifying good practice and the tools and techniques to systematically develop and improve the efficiency of such systems, including the use of discrete event simulation.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students starting 2022/23 (full-time, per year)


International students starting 2022/23 (full-time, per year)


UK students starting 2023/24 (full-time, per year). We expect full-time fees to be £9,250 per year in 2023-24, but please note that fee levels are to be confirmed by the Office for Students.


International students starting 2023/24 (full-time, per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

International students

You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK students

Most new UK undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This also applies to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have citizens' rights following Brexit.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Teaching at ARU

We offer face-to-face campus teaching (with the exception of Distance Learning courses), supported by our established online learning systems, which provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information.

In the event that there are restrictions that are put into place due to the pandemic by the government - we will endeavour to retain face to face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.

Teaching at ARU

We offer face-to-face campus teaching (with the exception of Distance Learning courses), supported by our established online learning systems, which provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information.

In the event that there are restrictions that are put into place due to the pandemic by the government - we will endeavour to retain face to face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Check the standard entry requirements for IELTS requirements for this course.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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