Course Information

Ulster University Foundation Degree in Engineering (With Specialism: Mechatronic Engineering) (HLA)

Ulster University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 14 September 2020
Duration: 3 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 13
Total Hours: 390
Fee: Free
Places Available: 20
Course Coordinator:

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 14 September 2020
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 41
Hours per Week: 12
Total Hours: 492
Fee: Free
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator:


Mechatronic Engineering unifies traditional Mechanical Engineering and Electrical/ Electronic Engineering. For example, in the 1970’s cars were 95% Mechanical machines, thought up and designed by Mechanical engineers. Systems included Mechanical braking systems, Mechanical fuel systems etc. Now, whilst cars still rely on the same fundamental Mechanical systems these systems have an additional Electronic element bolted on, so whilst the braking action is Mechanically the same, a computer also monitors the braking process to prevent wheel lock (skidding) - a system known as ABS (anti-lock braking systems). Secondly whilst fuel is still injected into the engine Mechanically a computer monitors how much fuel is going in to improve efficiency - a system known as drive by wire Electronic fuel injection systems. This evolution not only applies to cars but also features heavily in our local industry – Quarry machinery, Agricultural machinery etc.

Additional Information

Work Placement is an integral part of this course, providing students with on-the-job training that provides valuable employability skills for their future career. Upon successful interview, you will be placed with a company for four days a week while attending college one day a week for the duration of this course.

Terms & Conditions

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • The minimum overall passmark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    Engineers who design these systems need not only the mechanical knowhow but they also need the electrical knowhow – Mechatronics Engineers.

    Core Modules

    Core modules include:

  • Mathematics for Engineering (Maths 1)
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Material and Manufacturing Processes
  • Engineering Science
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • CAD and Project
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Digital Electronics
  • Generation, Transmission and Utilisation of Electrical Energy
  • Hardware and Networking
  • Programming Concepts and Robotics
  • Engineering Analysis (Maths 2)
  • Computer Aided Manufacture
  • PLC
  • Work Based Learning
  • Assessment Method

    Higher Tier: 1 hour 45 minutes

    Progression Opportunities

    The Foundation Degree in Engineering with Specialisms (Mechatronics) offers the following articulation route: BEng Hons in Mechatronic Engineering (Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus). Career opportunities for Engineering graduates are also available in a wide range of industries.

    Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Robotic Engineer
  • Heating and Cooling Systems Engineer
  • Auto Research Engineer
  • Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS points (120 in old UCAS points) - AS / A Level
  • BTEC qualifications or approved equivalent, GSCE English and Mathematics at Grade C or University approved equivalent.
  • * Mature Learners will be assessed on an individual basis. Refer to general entry requirements.
  • * Please contact course director for information on acceptable alternatives to GCSE prior to application.