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Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng

BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

What you will study
The internet of things, the rise of robots and the automation of processes are changing the world. Computing and mechanical engineering are combining in new ways. You will study practical, theoretical, design and analytical subjects and design complete electro-mechanical systems. Prior knowledge of electro-mechanical systems is not necessary. You will explore the complex process of design, where ideas are born and made real through a process of optimisation and analysis. You can also join or contribute to our award winning Formula Student team. This degree also offers a placement opportunity.

What next?
Commercial organisations no longer recruit engineers and computer scientists to work together, now they employ graduates who understand how the technologies combine. This course focuses on faculty expertise with excellence in electro-mechanical engineering design and the computing threads of AI and machine learning. You will be able to work at the forefront of your field. The course offers the opportunity to gain a Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) accreditation by IMechE through a work placement with one of the University's industry partners. 

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: BEng: 3 years full-time
  • Part time: BEng: 6 years part-time

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

The internet of things, the rise of the robots and the automation of processes is changing the world. Computing and Mechanical Engineering are combining in new ways to bring all this about. Our course in Electro-Mechanical Engineering is for students who want to be part of this revolution.

The BEng in Electro-Mechanical Engineering has been designed specifically for students wanting to work in this exciting field. It offers the chance to learn the mechanical engineering together with the computing that goes into these systems. It is not longer enough for organisation leading the commercial sector to recruit engineers and computer scientists to work together - instead they seek students who have understood from the outset how the technologies combine together.

There is extensive practical work involved. Your studies begin with learning the tremendous amount of inspired and creative work that humanity has invested in the subject so far. It ends with the opportunity to design and build complex electro-mechanical systems, where you can join our team competing in international competitions if you wish. We have robotic, autonomous vehicle and racing formula racing car competitions, all of which need input from our electro-mechanical engineers.

In the first year it is not assumed that students have any prior knowledge of such systems and there are practical sessions where you will actually make some. There is a module specifically about electro-mechanical systems and even in your first weeks with us you will be handling, developing and controlling them. In the second year, you will learn the complex process of design, where ideas are born and made real through a process of optimisation and analysis. In the third year you will study and design complete electro-mechanical systems. You can also join or contribute to our very successful Formula Student team, which is expanding their renowned success into the area of racing autonomous vehicles. In this international competition there are driverless cars that can now compete, a very challenging problem for final year students to tackle. This approach to teaching and learning is excellent. It is the same approach we use for our world renowned motorsports courses, but simply applied to electro-mechanical engineering. For many, this excellent pedagogy is their reason for choosing Oxford Brookes.

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes offers world renowned courses in the areas of performance engineering design and motorsport, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and robotics. This course in electro-mechanical engineering combines our expertise in these areas, producing a unique course that couples excellence in electro-mechanical engineering design with the computing threads of AI and machine learning to offer an exceptional course, producing its graduates at the forefront of their field.

The degree also offers the opportunity for you to undertake a placement year and you are encouraged to do this. This allows you to gain valuable understanding from real life and to see much better the context of your studies.

  • As part of this programme you will be given an opportunity to gain a Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) accreditation by IMechE through a work placement with one of the University's industry partners. 
  • You will study a curriculum developed over years by dedicated staff respected in their areas of professional expertise - integrating theory and practice to address industrially relevant problems.
  • You will benefit from a strong research environment linked with industry.
  • You will have access to modern, state-of-the-art workshops, laboratories, computer facilities, and media studios.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake excellent work placement opportunities.

In the first year students are introduced to electro-mechanical engineering systems, to the process of electro-mechanical design and actually make example systems. There are also analytical modules to support the practical work explaining the analysis needed to design complex systems like robots.

In the second year this is extended and students start to design for themselves. Again analytical modules support the design theme. Extensive use is made of computing and students learn to develop complex computer simulations of electro-mechanical systems.

In the third year students undertake a dissertation in a subject of their choice. This allows students to give their degree a particular focus and is often used to steer the work towards an area where the student wishes to work after graduation. There are also analytical modules and in this year a module dealing with business, management, ethics and energy. This is not only a requirement of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers IMechE) for accreditation, but also an important field for competent electro-mechanical engineers with ethical issues already becoming an important part of autonomous vehicles.

Study modules

Students follow a prescribed programme of study. The individual modules studied are described below. Together they form a holistic learning experience that results in students able to design complex electro-mechanical engineering systems for a wide range of applications.

Year 1

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I
In this module students learn to produce mathematical analyses and programmes to perform them. All the maths needed for the analysis of electro-mechanical systems receives introductory treatment, appropriate for IEng accreditation. A very modelling-based approach is taken.

Robotics and Electro-Mechanical Design and Practice I
This module provides a complete spectrum of both practical and theoretical engineering skills that are useful across all engineering industries. It is approached from a variety of engineering subjects, including technical drawing, computer aided design/engineering (CAD/CAE), modelling, management, and machining. Electro-mechanical engineering students study these for electro-mechanical systems.

Sensors Actuators Programming and Micro-controllers
An introduction to, and overview of, electro-mechanical engineering. Students develop a sound understanding of the circular process of parameter measurement, conversion to digital form, processing and generation of an output and actuation to convert the processed response into a physical input to the system and so control it.

Basic Dynamics
An introduction to the basic principles used for the analysis of mechanical engineering designs with regard to equilibrium and motion. The analysis techniques delivered through this module are applied to a range of basic mechanical and automotive components, devices and systems.

Basic Electrical Engineering
An introduction to electrical quantities and parameters and to the operation of electrical and electronic components and circuits of relevance to electro-mechanical and robotics engineering.

Basic Stress Analysis 
This module introduces students to the principles used in the analysis and design of mechanical engineering systems, together with the application of these principles to basic mechanical and automotive components, devices and systems.

Years 2 and 3

Engineering Simulation, Synthesis and Design
The module address topics of advanced electro-mechanical engineering, the focus is on real-time control, including state-estimation and mapping. Applications are made to different types of system such as drones and augmented reality and active control systems. Attention is given to a range of input systems and how signals are processed to produce and output strategy.

Stress and Dynamic Systems
The purpose of this module is to study the various aspects of statics and dynamics in modern engineering components and systems. This includes: comparison and selection of analytic techniques for investigating the static and dynamic behavior of engineering systems and components; and design of engineering component with optimal static and dynamic characteristics.

Electric Machines and Drives
To provide an overview of the electrical machines and drives that are relevant to Electro-Mechanical and Robotic Engineering, with deeper insight where appropriate. Consideration will be given to different prime movers, methods of transferring the drive and to their control.

Control Technology
An introductory study of control technology, covering both digital and analog control using electronic systems, including design using models created in MATLAB and SIMULINK.

Electronic Systems
Students study the electronic and electrical systems , this includes the impact that these systems have on their performance and recent developments in their design.

Electric Power Systems
To provide an overview of power systems as relevant to electro-mechanical engineering. Specific attention will be given to power storage, power modulation systems for various engineering applications, including electric vehicles. Engineering Project This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake individual investigative work on an electro-mechanical-related topic. It enables students to carry out a detailed study of a realistic engineering problem. The resulting project extends substantially beyond the project work done in any of the taught modules and should enable students to consolidate their knowledge and strengthen skills acquired in taught modules.

Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability
This module aims to provide you with a wide understanding of the broader issues facing business and society, and it will provide an understanding of the three pillars of sustainability in a management context. Business refers to these pillars of sustainability as the triple bottom line, whilst many people view this more holistically as moving towards the circular economy. The principal areas studied in this module are: project management and business leadership; energy and environmental issues; sustainable engineering and whole life cycle assessment; ethics and social aspects of employment.

Sensors and Data Logging
This module covers the operation and use of sensors and data loggers, including their practical limitations, errors, calibration, and how they are actually set up and connected, and how to process, read and use the data produced.

Advanced Analogue Electronics
This module extends the fundamental knowledge obtained in a Foundation Degree of advanced analogue electronics up to Honors level. It enables the student to be able to design and analyse circuits so that projects can be successfully undertaken.

Design of Machines
The purpose of this module is to provide a more detailed background to common machine elements and components, to enable design, selection and modelling in advanced design and project work. The components covered are gears, including epicyclic, planetary and helical gears; friction drives, rolling element bearings and hybrid drives; the kinematics of contacts, particularly in rotating machinery.

The module addresses topics of advanced mechatronics and offers a distinctive electro-mechanical based contribution to the student experience. The aim is for the student to firstly learn the landscape of the mechatronics approach and then to become proficient in the application of mechatronic principals to a representative range of applications. The equivalence of electrical and mechanical systems is explored in the framing of equilibrium equations and this is then applied.

Work placements

Work placements are available to all students on the course. A full-time placements officer is available to assist students wanting to gain a placement which is taken after the second year of study. The placement lasts one year and students who successfully complete the placement graduate with a sandwich degree.

Study abroad

The opportunity to study abroad is not compulsory and students can organise some study abroad if they wish. It is the student’s responsibility to organise this and it may not be possible to offer credit for study undertaken abroad as part of the course.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Attendance pattern

Modules are studied throughout the week with lectures and seminars predominantly on Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays. As much as possible, the School keeps Wednesdays free for sport. Friday in the first year is a day of practical work throughout the year.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods used on the course vary depending on the material being studied and the level and are very varied. You can expect to learn and be taught by experience, tutorials, set reading, lecturers, seminars, laboratory sessions, guest lecturers, group work, independent study, internet-based research, literature reviews of scientific papers, in class discussions, interactive feedback, peer assessment, student presentations and one-to-one dissertation meetings.

Approach to assessment

For example in the first year, the practical work is assessed by coursework write-up, whilst for maths and modelling you hand in your mathematical models. In design a design report, including your simulations, are assessed. If you participate in one of the School’s design challenges, such as Formula Student, your input to the working car is assessed.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £9,250

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2019/20: £1,380

International - full time: 2019/20: £14,280

International - sandwich placement fee: 2019/20: £4,000

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
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Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC, preferably to include Science, and/or Design Technology, and/or Mathematics.

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points to preferably to include Higher Level Maths and a science minimum grade 5.


Advanced Diploma
Engineering grade B, preferably plus A-level Maths at grade B


Specific entry requirements

A-Level: Preferably to include Science, and/or Design Technology, and/or Mathematics

GCSE: Mathematics grade 5/B, English Language grade 4/C minimum


Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

International applicants

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For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is a great place to be a student studying electro-mechanical engineering. The School of Engineering Computing and Mathematics offers a unique course in electro-mechanical engineering. Our approach is to combine the high level computing needed, for example AI and autonomous learning with precision engineering design. Our student don’t learn either the computing side of electro-mechanical engineering or the design side, they learn both. The current state of the art in electro-mechanical engineering is at the forefront of both fields and this is why our courses are designed as they are.

Support for students studying Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng

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Specialist facilities

The School has a collection of robots and other advanced electro-mechanical systems, its own engineering workshops where student designs can be produced and a collection of excellent computing facilities. There are extensive laboratories and the opportunity for students to work with advanced materials such as carbon fiber.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

The expected career destinations for graduates include, programming for electro-mechanical systems, robotics design and manufacture, research and development, technical sales, production engineering, project management. 

Further study

Graduates of the course are well prepared for further study, either at the MSc level or PhD.