BEng in Mechatronics
University of Southern Denmark
15 Mar 2024*
Earliest start date
01 Sep 2024
* 15th March at 12 noon
* free for full degree students from the Nordic countries or from the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland; 5,350 EUR per semester for students with a non-EU/EEA-citizenship or non-Swiss-citizenship
Engineers in mechatronics make our world smarter – are you one of them?
As an Engineer in Mechatronics, you can create user-friendly and intelligent products that combine mechanics, electronics and embedded systems. It could be a robot hand that can pick a tomato or an artificial foot that can be used by athletes. Does it turn you on?
Make a quantum leap – become an engineer in mechatronics
Start your endeavour into the world of electrical, electronic and mechatronic engineering at SDU Sønderborg that has put together a truly unique education. With a BEng in Mechatronics, you will understand the connection between mechanics, electronics and software.
As a new engineering graduate from SDU Sønderborg, you are offered 6 months of employment if you haven’t landed your first job after you finished your BEng studies.
What will you learn?
You will work with the development of mechatronic products, i.e., intelligent products that include mechanical, electronic and software-based solutions such as drones and power steering.
- The programme provides you with broad technical knowledge through basic courses in mechanics, electronics, programming, mathematics and physics.
- You will get the opportunity to specialise via electives, your internship as well as in your graduation project.
- You will be taught in mathematics, physics, mechanics, electronics, programming, power electronics, thermodynamics, mechanical engineering and much more.
How is the programme structured?
The programme consists of a combination of theoretical courses and project work. You will work a lot in project groups, where you and your fellow students will solve problems for companies through case-based work.
- The first semester focuses on learning what mechatronics is and what it takes to develop mechatronics products.
- In the second semester, you will gain an understanding of system components and their interactions.
- The third semester builds on the knowledge you have gained about mechatronics and the development of mechatronic products.
- In the fourth semester, you will gain basic knowledge about regulatory systems and how they are integrated into a product.
- In the fifth semester, you can specialise in electives while strengthening your interdisciplinary skills in an interdisciplinary project (Experts in Teams). You can also study this semester abroad.
- In the sixth semester, you will have a mandatory internship in a company. The internship can be spent in Denmark or abroad.
In the seventh and final semester, you must prepare a graduation project - often in cooperation with a company.
What can you become?
As a mechatronics engineer, you will typically start your career as a development engineer. After a few years, you will have the opportunity to combine technical work with management functions. You are also often part of development processes across organisations and involved in cooperation with external companies – nationally and internationally. You can also find employment as a customer advisor, consultant, educator or entrepreneur.
Want to continue your studies?
The BEng in Mechatronics is an independent, completed education. After the 3,5 years, you are a graduate engineer and ready to start your engineering career.
If you want to immerse yourself further, you can continue your studies and take a Master's degree in Mechatronics or Electronics.
The Bachelor of Engineering includes half a year’s internship in Denmark or abroad. The degree is vocationally oriented meaning that after 3½ years you will be ready to enter the job market. The degree will also qualify you to continue your studies and take a Master of Science in Engineering. The programme is taught in English.
Each semester is based on a main theme which will be the focal point for the semester's theory and project work. From the very beginning of the study period you will be part of a project group working with projects which often use problems faced by companies as a starting point.
In the first semester you will gain insight into what mechatronics is and what it takes to develop mechatronic products. You will work with subjects such as mechatronic design, materials and processes, embedded systems and maths and physics. With your project group you will design a small mechatronic product taking you through the entire development process.
This is where you will gain an understanding of the system in general as well as knowledge about system components and their interactions. You will learn to design electronic and mechanic elements and produce and incorporate them into mechatronic products. As part of the semester project you will work with theory in practice when you develop a mechatronic product that can move.
In this semester you will build on the knowledge you have gained about mechatronics and the development of mechatronic products. You will learn about subjects such as analogue electronics, actuators and sensors as well as dynamic systems.
The semester project will focus on the development of a complete mechatronic system involving the use of actuators and sensors, design of electronics and specification and production of mechatronics.
You will also choose which of the profiles you will specialise in.
In the fourth semester you will immerse yourself in your chosen subject profile. You can choose a profile in mechanics, electronics, embedded systems, or you can choose a multidisciplinary profile where you choose between subjects from the other profiles. As well as two profile subjects/electives you will have a semester project focusing on the chosen profile and obligatory subjects Control Engineering and Computer Aided Engineering.
This semester is about innovation, multidisciplinary skills and entrepreneurship (Experts in Teams). You and your project group will organise yourselves into a virtual company where you will go through all development phases from idea to creation of a fully functioning prototype - taking into consideration economy, external suppliers, etc.
As well as this you will continue with your chosen profile.
You can also choose to study abroad for a semester.
As a Bachelor of Engineering student you will have a mandatory internship in a company. The internship is at your sixth semester and can be spend in Denmark or abroad.
At your internship you will practice what you have learned, and the theory will be tested in relation to the concrete challenges in a company; beside that, you will develop a network. Under your internship you will develop and get a solid understanding of the work tasks your future career will revolve around.
With an internship you will get an understanding of what you can expect, when you are done studying. You will get tasks that corresponds with the knowledge you have, but there will also be an opportunity to develop your professional skills the way you want to. You will become even better at planning and completing assignments you already have been introduced to during earlier lectures.
That network you will develop doing your internship, can you use for your last semester. Many students doing their internship develop ideas for their bachelor’s thesis. Also, many students cooperate with their internship company doing their bachelor’s thesis.
Maybe the internship and the cooperate with the internship company will resulting in a permanent job after your graduation.
With an internship abroad you will gain international experiences – and you will train and use your linguistic skills while you have an experience for life. Beside that, it is a great value to be able to refer your internship in a company abroad in your CV, in relation to future job applications after your graduation
In the final semester you will prepare a final project in partnership with a company in Denmark or abroad. The task to be solved will be a real one drawn from what you have learned on the study programme.
What does the programme lead to?
With a BEng degree in Mechatronics you gain a broad knowledge of mechanics, electronics and software. Furthermore, in your studies, you have the opportunity to specialise in Mechanic Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Embedded Engineering.
The focus of the programme is product development. This opens up job opportunities in companies in development and sales of mechatronic systems. With you broad basic knowledge and your core competences as a mechatronics engineer, you are able to perform a range of tasks in the company.
Typical jobs for mechatronics engineers:
- Development engineer
- Project manager
- Customer service / consultancy
- Project sales
A development engineer job is the typical career starting point for the mechatronics engineer graduates. But after a few years many get the opportunity to work in a managerial capacity combined with the technical task. As an engineer you often take part in development processes across organisations, and you are involved in external cooperation with companies in Denmark and abroad.
Develop the products of the future
Alternatively you may become a specialist in advanced technology, or you may start your own company. Common to all the job opportunities is that with your mechatronics engineering background will have great influence on the development of the mechatronic products of the future – regarding design, functionality and purpose.
With this programme you are qualified for a job in Denmark or abroad.