BSc (Hons) Mechatronics (top-up)

The one-year BSc (Hons) Mechatronics (Top-up) is ideal if you already have an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation Degree in a related subject, and want to expand and enhance your understanding of mechatronics and its applications.

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



1 year


The University of Bolton

UCAS code:


Start date:

25/01/2021, 20/09/2021

Course Details

Interested in developing your knowledge and skills in mechatronics systems? Want to explore mechanical systems, robotics, smart machines, manufacturing automation, medical equipment, process control, and artificial intelligence in more depth? This course could be for you.

This popular top-up programme takes you on a journey through mechanical and electronic engineering, control systems, computers and information systems – and how they support the design of all kinds of products, processes and systems. You’ll get to further investigate and appreciate how mechatronics combines the design of physical systems with the application of computer software.

You’ll do this through case studies, practical laboratory-based work, and problem-solving projects – and have access to our excellent mechatronic facilities and engineering laboratories. Plus, you’ll be able to use our state-of-the-art design studio and the latest software and hardware.

The course teaching staff comprise active researchers in a range of sectors, including motorsports, smart materials, biosensors and artificial intelligence, so you’ll be guided and supported by enthusiastic, hands-on subject experts. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from our close links with leading manufacturers in the field of mechatronics.

  • You’ll have access to our dedicated mechatronic facilities, engineering laboratories, and high-spec design studio with design, analysis and simulation software.
  • Our experienced and mechatronics-mad teaching staff are also active researchers and respected industry figures.
  • We offer a multidisciplinary and internationally renowned course that can support your progress into careers, further training or research positions associated with mechatronics and related disciplines.
  • You’ll benefit from highly attentive academic support, dedicated pastoral assistance and a friendly, welcoming learning environment.
Key Features
  • You’ll be able to develop and demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the concepts, theories and principles of mechatronics, along with the science and mathematics that underpin them.
  • We’ll introduce you to the wider multidisciplinary engineering context and its underlying principles.
  • You’ll also get the chance to explore some of the key social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations in engineering contexts.
  • We’ll encourage and support you as you learn to apply appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to problem solving.
Professional recognition

As a top-up student you can apply for Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) student Affiliate membership.

  • You’ll have successfully completed a Foundation Degree (FdEng/FdSc) in Mechatronics, or a similar mechanical, electrical, electronic or control systems engineering-related qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5, such as a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE).
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The BSc (Hons) Mechatronics (Top-up) programme integrates mechanical and electronic engineering and is a one-year course for students who already have a HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation Degree in a related subject.

This course is for you if you are interested in developing your knowledge and skills in the field of mechatronics systems including mechanical systems, robotics, smart machines, manufacturing automation, medical equipment, process control, and artificial intelligence. As a graduate you can use your multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in mechanical, electronic, control, computing, IT and product and system design and development. The course is also designed to help improve your critical thinking, problem solving, team work, attention to detail, research, data analysis and data evaluation skills.

You should find many opportunities available after graduation, since mechatronic products and systems are very much demanded by the highly competitive international marketplace.

What can I do with this qualification?

Mechatronics graduates find employment working with the electronic instrumentation and computer control systems that nearly all machinery relies on for efficient and reliable operation. Mechatronic engineers also have roles in project engineering, reliability engineering and power engineering where their cross-disciplinary knowledge gives them an edge on mechanical or electrical engineers.

A Mechatronics degree also provides a platform into a range of diverse sectors such as banking, finance and accountancy, energy and utilities, engineering, environment and agriculture, IT and technology, defence, science and manufacturing and production.

After graduation you may also choose to continue your formal education in the form of a Master’s or research degree.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Financial analysis and management
  • IT sales and consultancy
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Teaching and education
  • Research and development
  • Project management
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive engineering
  • Construction
  • Utilities
  • Telecommunications
  • Product design
  • Risk management
  • Systems analysis
  • Materials engineering
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Insurance claims and risk

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/22
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/22

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

For 2021/2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021/2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

January and other start dates

Applications for start dates other than September are made directly to the university via our online application process. Please click on your preferred start date below.

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

Mechatronics is a truly diverse subject, so we’ll apply a range of teaching methods and encourage you to use a variety of learning approaches. This means you’ll have lectures, tutorials, case-study sessions, practical workshops, laboratory experiences and guided investigations, and a mix of individual and group learning.

On top of timetabled sessions, we’ll offer a range of other ways to develop your creativity and skill – for example, through an open-ended project where you’ll have the chance to put your learning into practice. To support this, we recommend you dedicate significant time to independent, self-directed study such as background reading and research – for which we’ll gladly offer guidance and support to help you get the most from this course.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Project
  • Advanced Mechatronic Systems
  • Computer Aided Analysis and Simulation
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Electronic Engineering for Mechatronics
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 71%, Practical exams 12%, Written exams 17%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Erping Zhou
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903465

Brian Klaveness
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903554

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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