Overview

All things are possible

Will you create the next life-saving device? Or the next iteration of search and rescue robot? Help companies automate their manufacturing processes? All these things are possible if you become a mechatronics engineer.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Duration

  • 4 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Become a problem solver

A Massey University Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechatronics) equips you with the knowledge and skills you will need to develop your own mechatronic systems. These skills will help you develop effective solutions to the problems you will face in industry.

The degree strikes a balance between a broad engineering education and practical abilities.

Access to workshop equipment

Massey University has a number of fully-equipped workshops. You will learn to use various tools during the course of your studies. For example:

  • 3-D printers
  • laser cutters
  • lathes
  • mills
  • advanced electronic instruments.

Taught by world-class experts

Mechatronics staff are personable, welcoming, and approachable. Our open-door policy means you will have ready access to world-class experts on mechatronics, robotics, automation, AI, and materials-based research.

Multi-disciplinary

The mechatronics major at Massey University is a practical, multi-disciplinary major. It teaches you about mechanics, electronics, software, and control. It emphasises the importance of a coherent and concurrent design process when developing a system.

Develop exciting projects while you study

Over one quarter of the Bachelor of Engineering is project-based. These projects will give you the skills to design, build, and integrate mechanical, electrical and software systems from the ground up.

Project work could include:

  • building machines for automation
  • programming
  • designing and building electrical circuits and systems.

Careers and further study

Careers

Highly employable and good starting salaries

Engineers are in demand in New Zealand, as there is a lack of qualified engineers in this country. Many Massey graduates are employed before they even graduate.

Worldwide career opportunities

Your Massey Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) is recognised and respected worldwide, opening up job opportunities globally.

A wide range of careers

Mechatronics engineering graduates have a wide range of career options in New Zealand and overseas. They may work in areas like automotive, space, marine, manufacturing, automation and control, horticultural and agricultural-product processing, forestry, medical, health and many more. Positions include areas such as:

  • product, process, and system design engineers
  • production and operation engineers
  • electrical and electronics engineers
  • systems integration engineers
  • quality and safety engineers
  • research and development engineers
  • project supervisors
  • managers in industries and research institutes.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations. However please refer to the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours entry requirements to find out more about recommended preparation and prior learning.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

There are some alternative ways to help you enter the engineering programme:

Certificate in Science and Technology

This one-semester pathway programme is if you need extra preparation in mathematics (160.105 Methods of Mathematics), physics (124.100 Introductory Physics) or chemistry (123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences). These courses can be taken separately (depending on your background) or as part of the CertScTech qualification.

Please note you must have achieved 16 Credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) before you can enrol into 124.100 Introductory Physics or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics. To find out if you have what it takes, or what you need to do the introductory courses we recommend that you attempt the relevant quiz. Once you have completed the test/s, please contact the relevant course coordinator enquire through this page to discuss your suitability for this course or an alternative pathway.

Diploma in Science and Technology

This two-semester pathway is if you need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry.This is suitable if you wish to study a wide range of courses and keep your options open to change to another programme.

You can also choose subjects from: biology, programming, statistics, food, accounting, marketing, finance and management.

Summer Compact Courses (at Auckland campus only)

If you need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry, we have ‘compact’ courses over the summer that may help.

These courses are an intensive learning experience. You are advised to only take two introductory subjects. Tuition in each course takes six weeks and attendance is required during January and early February. These courses can be taken as a Certificate of Proficiency and can be put towards another qualification such as the BSc, BInfSc and BBus.

If you prefer to study at a slower pace, equivalent preparatory courses are available via Distance Learning mode:

  • 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences
  • 124.100 Introductory Physics
  • 160.105 Methods of Mathematics.

If you are currently completing Year 13 you should apply for discretionary entrance if you intend to study these courses before your NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent) become available in January. See Massey University entry requirements for more information.

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

480 credits

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

Major courses

 
 

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two and so forth.

Ensure that overall, you also have 800 hours of practical work experience and complete reports 228.210 and 228.310.

Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this specialisation

First Part

124104 Physics 1A: Mechanics and Thermodynamics 15
124105 Physics 1B: Electricity, Waves and Modern Physics 15
159100 Introduction to Programming 15
160101 Calculus 15
160102 Algebra 15
228115 Engineering and Technology Principles 15
247114 Science and Sustainability for Engineering and Technology 15

Any 100-level 15 credit course

Second Part

159270 Hardware-Oriented Computing 15
228211 Engineering Practice 3: Product Development 15
228212 Engineering Practice 4: Materials & Manufacturing 15
228271 Engineering Mathematics 2 15
281272 Signals and Systems 15
281281 Analogue Electronic Systems 15
281282 Digital Electronic Systems 15
282260 Manufacturing Engineering and Computer Aided Design 15

Third Part

228311 Engineering Practice 5: Engineering Design with Constraints 30
228371 Statistical Modelling for Engineers and Technologists 15
281353 Control Engineering 15
281384 Embedded Systems Design 15
282371 Mechanics and Materials 15
282372 Mechanism and Component Design 15
282373 Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics 15

Fourth Part

228711 Engineering Practice 6: Design Capstone Project 30
228798 Individual Research Project 30
282762 Robotics and Automation 15
282772 Industrial Systems Design and Integration 15
282778 Mechatronics 15

Any 700-level 15 credit course selected from the following prefixes: 158 Information Technology, 159 Computer Science, 281 Electronics and Information Engineering, 282 Mechatronics and Automation Engineering, 287 Industrial Innovation.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second etc.

You’ll take eight 15-credit courses a year, 60 credits per semester and 120 credits a year.

See the Bachelor of Engineering main page for more information on planning.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this programme within the stated time limit, you will normally be able to graduate with a class of Honours.

Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this programme.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


Bachelor of Engineering with Honours fees

The BE(Hons) is a four year honours degree programme. Please note that fees will be charged according to the academic level of courses. This means that Years 1, 2 and 3 will be charged at the undergraduate course rate and Year 4 which is an honours year, will be charged at the postgraduate course rate.

 

A good fit if you:

  • are interested in robotics and automation
  • want to work with a wide range of different technologies
  • want to have an impact on society.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.

Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

 

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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