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.

BSc (Hons) Mechatronics (top-up)

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.

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: HH36
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: HH36
  • Duration: 1 year

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. Find out more

Career opportunities

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

  • 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

Professional recognition

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

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2020/212021/22
2020/21 £9,250-£9,250
2021/22 -nullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2020/212021/22
2020/21 £12,450-£12,450
2021/22 -nullnull

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 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


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


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

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules 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

Teaching, learning and assessment

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 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. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. 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.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (71%), Practical exams (12%), Written exams (17%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Erping Zhou
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903465

Brian Klaveness
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903554

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903