Would you like to study "the best" of the three worlds of mechanical engineering, electronics and IT? Then the degree programme Mechatronics (MC) is exactly the right one for you. It combines content from the classic engineering disciplines mechanical engineering, electronics and computer science, linking them into a new, future-relevant subject in which interdisciplinary and systematic thinking play an important role. Today, numerous mechatronics products are an integral part of our everyday lives: electric windows, ABS and ESP in cars, modern industrial robots, the humble DVD player and even the controls of large commercial aircraft.
Instead of coming up with mechanical, electronic and IT subsystems, in this degree programme over seven semesters, you will learn how to develop a technical solution by considering the overall system. To extend your knowledge in your chosen field of specialisation, we offer you three specialisations which align with important, future-relevant mechatronics subjects: "Mechatronic systems and devices", "Mechatronic systems in the vehicle" and "Mechatronic systems in photonics".
You can also take this degree programme with the Ulm Model
dual study programme or with in-depth practical experience
You can apply for the degree programme Mechatronics (MC) if you have an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences, a subject-specific higher-education entrance qualification, a general qualification for university entrance or a comparable qualification.
In addition, evidence that a pre-study internship of 8 weeks' duration has been completed must be submitted by the start of lectures for the main study period at the latest (start of lectures in the third semester). During this period, you should get to know the structure of a company as well as basic manufacturing processes. Training content might include, for example:
- chipping machining processes,
- chipless machining processes,
- welding, soldering, gluing,
- assembling circuit boards,
- measuring and inspecting electronic circuits.
You must find and organise the practical placement yourself. As evidence, you will need a certificate from the organisation providing the internship, detailing the duration and content of the pre-study internship. Though the evidence only needs to be submitted at the end of the second semester, we urgently recommend that you undertake at least four weeks of the eight-week pre-study internship in the field of mechanics before starting your studies. You will need this knowledge for the first lectures in "Engineering Design" and "Technical Mechanics". You can do the remaining four weeks of the pre-study internship in the semester vacation.
Applicants who have completed an apprenticeship or graduates of a technical secondary school (technische Fachoberschule or technische Gymnasium) may be completely or partially exempted from having to do the pre-study internship. Furthermore, an important prerequisite for this degree subject is an enthusiasm for technology, coupled with the ability to think across disciplines. Basic knowledge of science and technology form a solid foundation for this.
In the basic study period, which comprises the first two semesters, you will be taught the fundamentals via subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Technical Mechanics, Design using CAD and Materials Science. The main study period consists of compulsory, specialisation, elective and economics / humanities modules. On top of this comes a project, the practical study semester and the Bachelor thesis. The three specialisations each consist of six specialisation modules, most of which include laboratory work.
The work for these specialisation modules is spread over four semesters. These modules are generally offered once a year. However, the student does not need to decide on a specialisation in the third semester. The decision can be made at any time during the main study period. "Unused" specialisation modules can be taken into account as elective modules.
The degree programme is completed after seven semesters, with a Bachelor of Engineering.
"Ulm model" module list
Mechatronics engineers are highly sought-after in all branches of industry in which modern industrial products are developed, manufactured and sold. Thanks to the interdisciplinary course, a wide range of potential careers are open to you, ranging from planning, research, development, design and manufacture through to quality assurance and sales. Other fields of activity may be in science, military engineering, patents, documentation, education and training and environmental protection.
The career prospects for trained mechatronics experts look good because it is not only large companies who need their technical expertise, but small and medium-size enterprises as well. Although there has been a large demand for mechatronics experts in the past, it is still to be expected that this demand will increase, or at least remain consistently high. According to a study by Staufenbiel from 2010, German companies and universities regard automation - with mechatronics as a basis - as the most promising field of the future. The most important reason for this is the increasing use of electronics in "classical" fields of engineering, as well as the increasing significance that information technology has in our society today.
By deciding to undertake a quality-assured degree programme at Ulm University of Applied Sciences you are well prepared for the future. All the Bachelor's and Master's degree courses at Ulm University of Applied Sciences are accredited. As part of the accreditation, the feasibility of the degree programme, the contents of the course of study and the suitability of the course's graduates for the requirements of their future careers are assessed. This means that you will receive a degree qualification which is recognised and quality-certified, which will help you with the recognition of your degree programme – both nationally and internationally. The accreditation of the degree programmes at the Ulm University of Applied offers students and employers a reliable guide regarding the quality of the degree programmes.
|Course and examination regulations |
Overview of all course and examination regulations
|The course and examination regulations define the conditions and legal requirements for a proper degree course. If you are taking this course "with in-depth practical experience", the same course and examination regulations apply.|
Please note: if you are already a registered student at Ulm University of Applied Sciences, it might be that a different version of the course and examination regulations apply for you. The course and examination regulations which were in effect when you started your course are the ones which apply.If in doubt, please contact your programme adviser
|Module handbook||The module handbook describes the modules belonging to the degree course, their content, the intended learning outcomes, and the form of academic assessment.|
|Flyer for this degree programme||The flyer contains information about course prerequisites, making an application, the structure and content of the course and professional profile.|
|Info-brochure MC/MT||Course information for the Faculty of Mechatronics and Medical Engineering, including details about studying with the "Ulm Model".|
|Course plan of specialisation modules||This will tell you which module you need to study in which semester.|
|Pre-study internship guidelines||An eight-week pre-study internship in a company is required for this degree programme. Ideally this should be completed before starting the course.You can find more information in these guidelines.|
|Practical project guidelines "dual"||This course can also be taken with the "Ulm Model" dual degree programme.You can find out what the requirements for the practical project are here.|