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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering

Mechatronic Engineering unites the principles of mechanics, electronics and computing. It combines mechanical engineering problem-solving and design skills with the expertise of digital electronics and computer systems to produce advanced products and systems through automation and the use of robotics.

Course Structure


This course is studied part time over 3 years.

The Foundation degree programme comprises the following modules:  

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Mechanical Principles A
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Programmable Logic Controlled Electro-pneumatic Systems
  • Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals
  • Engineering Materials  

Year 2

  • Professional Studies
  • CAD Techniques
  • CAD/ CAM
  • Analogue & Digital Electronics

Year 3

  • Mechanical Principles B
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Principles & Applications of Embedded Systems
  • Work Based Learning

This course may grant you privileges as an Associate Student of Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership of the Ulster University sports centre and access to the campus libraries. To find out more visit UU Associate Student.


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Course Code: 72490

Contact Hours


Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 8.5 hours per week per semester.  Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments (a combination of coursework and or/ examination) per module.  The Foundation Degree also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial work based project during the final year of the programme. 


Entry Requirements

  • GCE A-Levels to include a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths subject or a Level 3 vocational qualification in Engineering, equivalent to 56 UCAS Tariff points.
  • AND
  • You must satisfy the University’s General Entry Requirements, which are:
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above.
  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above or Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Communication.
  • OR Provide evidence of ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).  APEL is a process by which you may be awarded credits for learning that you have gained in the past, and which is relevant to the course to which you have applied. It may also help you gain entry to a programme if you do not have the required entry qualifications. This may be certificated or experiential learning.

In circumstances where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, SERC reserves the right to select those candidates offering the highest grades


How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Some modules are assessed entirely through coursework, while others are assessed through a combination of coursework and written examination. Where a module is assessed through coursework and examination 70% of the final module mark will be comprised of the coursework element and 30% of the end of module examination.

Where will it take me?

On completion of this course, and depending on performance, you may progress to further study on the following programmes at Ulster University; BEng Hons Mechatronic Engineering; BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering; or, BEng Hons Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

How will it make me more employable?

The Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering will provide you with a broad-based engineering education in aspects of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Electronic Engineering which will equip you for a career in industry or allow you to progress to degree level programmes in Mechatronic, Mechanical / Manufacturing or Electrical / Electronic Engineering.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.


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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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