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Study mechatronics abroad

An in-depth guide to studying mechatronics as an international student.

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Mechatronics degrees abroad

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary subject that combines a number of areas including electrical, software and mechanical engineering. Often referred to as mechatronic engineering, it’s instrumental in the development of systems that control physical motion like those found in robotic applications and industrial automation.

Examples of mechatronics can be found all around us, from everyday objects like washing machines and autofocus cameras, to cutting edge robotic technology such as interplanetary explorers and airplanes.

Choosing to study mechatronics abroad means you’ll be able to access the best programs and facilities from universities from all over the world. If you have a passion for creative problem solving and have an aptitude for engineering, then mechatronics could be the perfect degree for you.

Mechatronics program structure

You can study mechatronics at a range of levels, including undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate. As an undergraduate mechatronics is available as a BSc or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) depending on the country and university you study at. There is usually not much difference between the two, but a BEng tends to involve more practical elements.

You can sometimes convert a BEng to an MEng after the first or second year - this means you’ll study for an extra year and earn a master’s level degree. Undergraduate engineering programs can last between three and five years, and as a postgraduate you can study a mechatronics MSc over one or two years.

Most mechatronics programs are taught through lectures, small group seminars and practical laboratory work. A lot of your time will be spent in laboratory sessions where you’ll be able to develop your practical skills and reinforce what you’ve learned in lectures. You’ll be assessed through a mixture of written essays, project reports and exams, with a research project in your final year.

The program structure and curriculum of each mechatronics degree course will differ depending on things like the university you study at and the level of degree you study. However, there are some modules and subjects most programs will cover, including:

  • Engineering mathematics
  • Engineering design
  • Applied robotics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Control systems
  • Electromechanical engineering
  • Automation engineering
Mechatronics program structure

You can study mechatronics at a range of levels, including undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate. As an undergraduate mechatronics is available as a BSc or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) depending on the country and university you study at. There is usually not much difference between the two, but a BEng tends to involve more practical elements.

You can sometimes convert a BEng to an MEng after the first or second year - this means you’ll study for an extra year and earn a master’s level degree. Undergraduate engineering programs can last between three and five years, and as a postgraduate you can study a mechatronics MSc over one or two years.

Most mechatronics programs are taught through lectures, small group seminars and practical laboratory work. A lot of your time will be spent in laboratory sessions where you’ll be able to develop your practical skills and reinforce what you’ve learned in lectures. You’ll be assessed through a mixture of written essays, project reports and exams, with a research project in your final year.

The program structure and curriculum of each mechatronics degree course will differ depending on things like the university you study at and the level of degree you study. However, there are some modules and subjects most programs will cover, including:

  • Engineering mathematics
  • Engineering design
  • Applied robotics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Control systems
  • Electromechanical engineering
  • Automation engineering

Types of mechatronics degrees

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Mechatronics study abroad programs

Mechatronics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in mechatronics

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    Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics - BEng RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,956 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,440 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Engineering - Mechatronics - BSc University of the Incarnate Word, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,900 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,900 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Engineering Technology: Mechatronics Engineering - BEngTech University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,773 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,984 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Mechatronics Engineering / Business - BMech University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,197 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,580 AUD

    Start date
    September
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    Mechatronics - BEng Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,581 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Associate in mechatronics

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    Mechatronics - AASc North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in mechatronics

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    Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,099 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    May
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Certificate in mechatronics

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    Mechatronics - Cert (with foundation) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,581 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Mechatronics - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Mechatronics graduate programs

Master's in mechatronics

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    Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,372 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Automotive Mechatronics and Management - MScEng University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    1,742 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 1,454 EUR

    Start date
    October
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    Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering) - MEng RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,956 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,440 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Mechatronics Engineering - MSc University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Mechatronics Systems - MMech Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,673 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,900 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Future mechatronics careers

A degree in mechatronics opens the door to a varied career in exciting industries. Most programs will prepare you to work in several areas including mechatronic engineering, design engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering.

Some of the most popular roles mechatronics graduates go into include:

  • Design engineer
  • CAD technician
  • Automation engineer
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Robotics technician
  • Data scientist
  • Software engineer

If you know what career you want to pursue once you’ve left university, make sure you choose a program that covers the subjects and areas you’re interested in. Many universities give you the chance to spend time on a placement working in the industry, which can be a great way to work out what career you want after graduation.