University of East London

BEng (Hons) Mechatronics Engineering with Foundation Year

*This course is subject to validation.

This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in mechatronics engineering but don't have the standard entry requirements.

The focus of the technology-related economy is drastically shifting towards autonomous mechatronic systems, automation and robotics, controlled remotely via smart technology. In 2019, automation and robotics/ mechatronics engineers were the second most in-demand. The demand is also expected to grow rapidly in the next 10 years.

This course provides you with analytics and scientific knowledge to design integrated electronics, controls, computers and moving parts. You'll develop problem-solving expertise by creating practical solutions to problems that are directly relevant to industrial needs.

Our course has been carefully designed by experts in the field of mechanical engineering to help prepare students for professional practice in the world of interdisciplinary technology.

You'll have access to the very latest equipment and resources to carry out this work. All of which will prepare you for a wide range of future careers.

During your course, you'll have regular contact with blue-chip companies and industry leaders in the sector, who will host visits and work placements and provide regular guest speakers to come and speak at the University of East London.

Entry Requirements


64 UCAS points from

  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least two subjects. Must include Maths and Physics or Electronics
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma in a related subject.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 29 points including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level, must include Maths and Physics at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

Engineering is a growth industry and currently there is a shortage of quality engineers in the UK. Our mechatronics engineering programme is unique, as there is a strong emphasis on professional life and employability skills, embedded throughout all aspects of your technical course focusing on your enhanced key skills such as communication, digital proficiency, intelligence (like emotional and social) and teamwork.

Offering a placement year as well, you will be based at the waterfront Docklands campus, a dynamic part of London within close proximity of the government and policy-making institutions and professional engineering companies.

The programme is designed to meet the increasing demand (national and international) for mechatronics engineering professionals requiring technical skills in sustainable, integrated and intelligent systems for Industry 4.0. As a graduate of our mechatronics programme, you will be able design, build, operate and manage successfully the sophisticated and complex interfaces characterising existing and new systems.

Course Details

The focus of technology related economy is drastically shifting towards autonomous mechatronic systems, automation and robotics, controlled remotely via smart technology. 

The mechatronics programme combines principles from mechanics, electronics, control, automation and robotics to design, manufacture and test smart and cognitive systems and devices, which utilise a combination of these disciplines. Students on this key undergraduate programme will gain this knowledge of engineering processes and systems, product design, digital electronics and integration of these technologies.

This will also enable them to create their own mechatronic systems that are smart and cognitive, developing them from imagination through to reality.

The general aim is to provide a programme of study for mechatronics engineers of sufficient width and depth to meet the demands of their profession. A specific aim of the programme is to promote an active interest in engineering and to encourage students to respond to changes and developments within automation, mechanical systems, robotics and related wider engineering sector.

Foundation Year

Mental wealth; Professional Life
Analytical Mathematics
Engineering Sciences
Mathematical Applications
Physical Sciences
Introduction to Computing
Human Biology

Year 1

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Engineering Materials
Engineering Principles
Applied Mathematics & Computing
Engineering Mechanics

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Advanced Mathematics and Modelling
Dynamics and Control
Applied Electronics
Digital Communications & Telecommunication Networks
Applied Programming

Year 3

Capstone Project
Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Design of Mechatronics Systems
Artificial Intelligence
Systems Integration

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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