MSc Systems Engineering (Mechatronics) and Engineering Management

This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechatronics) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechatronics emphasis. Completing this double award course successfully should increase your employability, as well as your suitability for further research or training options.

Key information

Award:

MSc

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

18 months

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

Almost every business or organisation uses some sort of system to keep things working efficiently and productively. This system might keep information moving securely and efficiently, or it might ensure product distribution or service availability. A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology, and its users, customers and stakeholders. So, you’ll need a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, and the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensure systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in a user-friendly fashion.

That might sound like a tall order, but it’s a hugely rewarding career path, and this course is a great opportunity for you to develop a unique blend of practical engineering and management-orientated learning. We’re here to help you further specialise your systems engineering knowledge and skills, and completing this course successfully should make you highly employable in a range of sectors and settings.

The course meets professional institution standards in the UK and Europe and addresses a range of contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. If you’re looking to take a systems-based approach to engineering management, this course is could be ideal.

Highlights
  • This programme is a collaboration between the University of Bolton and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It allows you to spend one of your three semesters of study in Germany and receive two awards, one from each University.
  • We’ll support you as you develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of how advanced engineering concepts and design methodologies apply in the design of mechatronics-based equipment.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of digital signal processing for use in control applications.
  • You’ll have the chance to explore advanced artificial intelligence techniques used in the design and control of automated machinery.
  • We’ll work to help you develop a detailed understanding of how ‘total quality management’ applies to design, manufacture and project management.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the commercial side of project management, including contract negotiation, stakeholder management, quotations, procurement and a range of other financial and legal matters.
Key Features
  • The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and Europe.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement and/or an industry-based project.
  • You can also choose from two alternative pathways: Mechanical or Electronics Systems Engineering.
  • You can select common systems modules, whichever pathway you take.
  • For this three-semester programme, you’ll normally study semester 1 at the University of Bolton, UK and semester 2 at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Soest, Germany. The third semester, which is largely devoted to project work, is normally undertaken at the University of Bolton.

  • Normally, you should have at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree (2.2) in an engineering-related subject, and appropriate work experience.
  • Your application will also be considered if you have alternative equivalent qualifications with extensive relevant work experience.
  • We welcome your application if you hold a degree awarded by an overseas institution. The University will assess the equivalence of your qualifications.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • 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.
  • We're more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact the Programme Leader to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it's not our usual practice for this course.)

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk 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.


This course addresses contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. In addition to helping to develop your technical knowledge and experience, this programme can give you greater confidence in your transferable and personal skills. These can include communication and team working, problem solving, logical thinking and analytical skills; all of which will be invaluable for your career success. Engineers are an integral part of our society and are often sought after for their analytical, computing and managerial abilities.

A special feature of this programme is a collaboration between the University of Bolton and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It offers the opportunity for you to spend one semester of study in Germany and receive two awards, one from each University. This can strengthen your employability and demonstrate your ability to work internationally.

What can I do with this qualification?

Successful completion of this course will help you progress to a management role in an engineering-based organisation, and provide you with an in-depth understanding of systems engineering in whichever of the three disciplines (Mechatronic, Electronic and Mechanical) you choose.

Career opportunities may include positions in project management, engineering design, electronics engineering, network engineering, materials and mechanics, dynamics and control and systems analyst roles. Graduates can move into a wide variety of organisations including engineering consultancies and design practices, oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, food and drink, water and energy, research organisations and academic institutions.

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:

  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and drilling
  • Production management
  • Technical sales
  • Water engineering
  • IT and systems analysis
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Consultancy
  • Civil engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Building services
  • Telecommunications
  • Waste management
  • Quality management
  • Project management
  • Utilities
  • Product design
  • Risk management

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £4,560 for the academic year 2020/21.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £12,450 for the academic year 2020/21.

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 2020/2021.

Bursaries

Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

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 www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk


We offer a range of teaching and learning approaches, including case studies, discussions, lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and computer-aided learning sessions. We expect you to be fairly autonomous and self-directed in your studies, but of course we’ll offer you plenty of encouragement and support along the way. The project aspect of the programme is your chance to integrate and demonstrate the practical and theoretical aspects of the course. The project carries a third of the total marks for this qualification, and is assessed jointly by the course supervisor and an external supervisor.

Each module on the programme involves several assessments, which all contribute towards your final grade for the module, and to your overall Master’s qualification. Assessment types are varied, but typically involve assignments, practical work, projects, oral presentations (including presentations based on your main project) and formal exams at the end of the programme.

Modules

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.

  • Intelligent Systems
  • Business in Engineering
  • Technical Publications and Presentations
  • Advanced Control Technology
  • Microprocessor Based Systems
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Production Engineering
  • Integrated Management Systems
  • Master’s Project
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 68%, Practical exams 19%, Written exams 13%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 83%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 17%

Disclaimer

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

E.Zhou@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903465

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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