Mechatronics – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Specialise in Mechatronics for your Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at Massey

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 the 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.

A Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics is 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.

Planning information

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.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

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

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

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

First Part

Course code: 124104 Physics 1A: Mechanics and Thermodynamics 15 credits

This physics course provides foundational knowledge for study in engineering, food technology, and physical sciences. The emphasis is on applying physical principles to problem solving in mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. A practical course.

Restrictions: 124101, 124111, 124171

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Course code: 124105 Physics 1B: Electricity, Waves and Modern Physics 15 credits

This physics course provides foundational knowledge for study in engineering, food technology and physical sciences. The emphasis is on applying physical principles to problems involving electricity, waves (including classical waves and electromagnetic waves), optics, quantum physics, and the application of modern technologies such as lasers, mass spectrometers, and nuclear magnetic resonance. A practical course.

Restrictions: 124102, 124172

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Course code: 159100 Programming for Engineering and Technology 15 credits

This course provides an introduction to computer programming for Technology and Engineering disciplines. The language is C++ which is a "real world" language heavily used in games, real-time applications and the control of devices. The course guides students through all the steps needed to write, compile and debug simple C++ programs with lots of practical examples. No previous programming experience is required.

Restrictions: 159101

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Course code: 160101 Calculus 15 credits

A course focusing on the fundamental techniques and applications of calculus including differentiation and integration of functions of one real variable, differential equations, numerical methods, and an introduction to power series with applications to mathematical models. 160.101, alongside 160.102, forms a foundation for further study in mathematics. It is essential for students intending to study Mathematics, Physics, Food Technology or Engineering, or for anyone who wants a strong mathematical component to their degree.

Restrictions: 160112, 160133, 228172

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Course code: 160102 Algebra 15 credits

A course focusing on the fundamental techniques and applications of linear algebra including vector and matrix algebra, vector representation of lines and planes, projections, Gaussian elimination, eigenvectors and complex numbers. 160.102, alongside 160.101, forms a foundation for further study in mathematics. It is essential for students intending to study Mathematics, Physics, Food Technology or Engineering, or for anyone who wants a strong mathematical component to their degree.

Restrictions: 160112, 160133, 228172

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Course code: 228115 Engineering and Technology Principles 15 credits

An introduction to the fundamental technology and engineering skills required for professional engineers and technologists. Students will develop practical skills to design and solve engineering and technology problems carrying out simple design projects and creating new innovative solutions. Projects will include consideration of cultural, ethical and safety aspects and students will develop skills to effectively communicate design solutions.

Restrictions: 141111 and 228111

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Course code: 247114 Science and Sustainability for Engineering and Technology 15 credits

A project-based, interdisciplinary course introducing students to the applied scientific thinking and theories that underpin the relationship between applied science and sustainability. An exploration of how the Treaty of Waitangi underpins a partnership between Pākehā and Māori, focussing on ways in which Applied Science can be guided by Tikanga Māori (including culture, ethics and knowledge systems). By examining the interactions between human, cultural, environmental and technological systems, students will develop their critical thinking, communication and literacy skills as they develop solutions to contemporary challenges in sustainability in a team-based project.

Restrictions: 247177, 141111, 141112, 228111, 228112, 247155, 119155, 246102, 247111, 247112, 247113

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Any 100-level 15 credit course

Second Part

Course code: 159270 Hardware-Oriented Computing 15 credits

A study of programming in a hardware-oriented language such as C and the construction of object-oriented software solutions using C++. The course has a practical focus based on concepts such as pointers, memory allocation, objects, classes, operator overloading, inheritance, and polymorphism. It addresses techniques such as structuring programs, software testing and debugging techniques, and the use of microcontrollers.

Prerequisites: 159100 or 159101 or 159172 Restrictions: 159236

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Course code: 228211 Engineering Practice 3: Product Development 15 credits

The development of new and improved products is a key role of most practising engineers. This course provides the structured process and tools required for successful product development in the context of an applied project.

Prerequisites: (228115, 247114) or (124172, 228172, 228112 and (123172 or 159172) Restrictions: 141211

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Course code: 228212 Engineering Practice 4: Materials & Manufacturing 15 credits

The design and development of solutions to engineering problems with “concurrent engineering” capability is a core activity for engineers. A practical course with emphasis on integrating materials and manufacturing process selection into a structured design methodology based on the application of engineering and scientific principles.

Prerequisites: Three of 228211, 228271, 281281, 282260 Restrictions: 141212

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Course code: 228271 Engineering Mathematics 2 15 credits

This is a core course that provides key mathematical tools for modelling and analysing engineering problems. These tools represent a balance of stochastic and deterministic modelling approaches along with their mathematical underpinnings. Topics include random variables and distributions; analytical and numerical solution methods for linear systems of ordinary differential equations including Laplace transform techniques; sensitivity analysis, optimization, curve-fitting and interpolation for data sets.

Prerequisites: 228172 or (160101 and 160102) Restrictions: 228222, 228223

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Course code: 281272 Signals and Systems 15 credits

A study of signals and linear systems and their applications in modern engineering. Representation of continuous and discrete time signals and systems in the time and frequency domains. Stability, feedback, sampling and aliasing. Introduction to design of analogue and digital filters. Provides a foundation for later studies in control engineering, advanced signal processing and communications.

Prerequisites: 281281 and (228271 or 160204) Restrictions: 124344, 143227, 143333, 281227, 281333

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Course code: 281281 Analogue Electronic Systems 15 credits

This course builds on the fundamentals of DC and AC electrical circuit analysis. It provides an introduction to the design and building of analogue electronic systems. The course will cover a blend of circuit theories, operational amplifier circuits and applications, filters, oscillators, diodes and transistors circuits.

Prerequisites: (124171 and 124172) or 124105 Restrictions: 124241, 124251, 281251

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Course code: 281282 Digital Electronic Systems 15 credits

This course builds on the fundamentals of digital logic and the principles of computing. It provides the methodology for designing and building complex digital electronic systems. The topics are a blend of combinatorial circuits, sequential circuits, finite state machines, and Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). It establishes a foundation for further advanced design in embedded systems.

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Course code: 282260 Manufacturing Engineering and Computer Aided Design 15 credits

This course provides students with knowledge in the working principles of, and the concepts needed to design for, traditional and modern manufacturing processes. Processes covered include a range of manufacturing methods dealing with plastics and metals. It also teaches Computer Aided Design (CAD) as an engineering communication and design tool. A practical course with projects that link manufacturing and CAD.

Prerequisites: (124104 or 124172) and (160101 or 228172)

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Third Part

Course code: 228311 Engineering Practice 5: Engineering Design with Constraints 30 credits

Technology must be effectively interfaced with society and the environment to succeed. Overarching social and environmental constraints are applied, including impact assessment and efficiency analysis tools. Project based learning is undertaken on the sustainable design of a consumer product underpinned by appropriate technical knowledge.

Prerequisites: 281281, 281282, 228211, 228212 Corequisites: 281384 or 280341 or 287342

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Course code: 228371 Statistical Modelling for Engineers and Technologists 15 credits

This is a core course that provides essential grounding in statistical inference and modelling for engineers and technologists. Students will learn how to develop statistical models to describe random phenomena, and use them to test engineering questions of practical interest.

Prerequisites: 228271 Restrictions: 228340

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Course code: 281353 Control Engineering 15 credits

This course provides the foundation for the analysis and implementation of feedback control systems. Design and tuning of PID and other linear controllers to meet time and frequency specifications are studied in detail. Both analogue and digital control are considered. Non-linear control is introduced through fuzzy logic control. Practical engineering applications are used to illustrate theory and concepts.

Prerequisites: 281272 Restrictions: 143335, 143346, 281335, 282346

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Course code: 281384 Embedded Systems Design 15 credits

This course lays the foundation for designing and building embedded electronic systems. The topics are a blend of advanced features of a modern mixed-signal microcontroller, real-time operating systems (RTOS) and Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)

Prerequisites: 159270, 281282 Restrictions: 140320, 143339, 281320, 281339

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Course code: 282371 Mechanics and Materials 15 credits

Properties of materials including stress and strain, yield, strengthening methods and failure. Selection of materials by property profiles, and manipulation of material properties. Mechanics of materials including axial loading, shear, beams, torsion, stress concentrations and structures.

Prerequisites: 124172 or 124104

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Course code: 282372 Mechanism and Component Design 15 credits

This course is a study of advanced static and dynamic analysis of loaded structures and mechanisms and it will introduce the finite element method of stress analysis.

Prerequisites: 282260

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Course code: 282373 Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics 15 credits

This course applies fluid mechanics to systems which might be encountered in engineering practice. Topics include fluid properties, hydrostatics, laminar and turbulent flow, energy and continuity equations in one dimension. The course also covers basic concepts of thermodynamics, including perfect gas properties and zero’th, first and second laws.

Prerequisites: 124104 or 124172

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Fourth Part

Course code: 228711 Engineering Practice 6: Design Capstone Project 30 credits

This course marks the culmination of the BE(Hons) degree, that integrates the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme. It places specific emphasis on a commercial basis for complex engineering problem solving where success will be measured not only by the elegance of the engineering solution but also by the appropriateness of that solution within a defined commercial context.

Prerequisites: 228311 or 228312 Restrictions: 228485, 280430

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Course code: 228798 Individual Research Project 30 credits

A comprehensive study of a specific area of engineering or technology employing appropriate research practice to derive recommendations with respect to a pre-determined hypothesis.

Prerequisites: 228311 or 228312

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Course code: 282762 Robotics and Automation 15 credits

A study of automation and industrial robotics, its elements and systems. This course uses projects that allow students to integrate multiple mechatronic and robotic systems capable of automating specific, repetitive tasks such as those commonly found in industry. Students will study the control of industrial robots and design vision systems for component identification. Subsystems will be integrated to follow a systems approach to the design of Industrial robotic applications with consideration of programming, control and process design. A practical, project based course.

Prerequisites: 281384, 282372 Restrictions: 143462, 282462

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Course code: 282772 Industrial Systems Design and Integration 15 credits

Design of mechatronic elements and components to form a working system. Review of sensors for integration into a microcontroller- and/or PC-controlled, mechatronics system. Robotics, the use of simulation packages to effectively analyse mechatronics systems, future manufacturing technologies and how they may impact on the field of mechatronics. A practical, project based course.

Prerequisites: 159270, 282371, 282372 Restrictions: 143472, 282472

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Course code: 282778 Mechatronics 15 credits

An advanced study of mechatronics design philosophy, its elements, and systems. The course focuses on motion control and interfacing, sensors and interfacing, microcontroller and programming applications, behaviour control and implementation, dynamics simulation of working machines, mechatronics in PC-based control system, integration of mechanical, pneumatic and electric and electronics systems. A practical, project based course.

Prerequisites: 281353, 282371 Restrictions: 143478, 282478

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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.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, 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 qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Can't meet the entry requirements?

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

Certificate in Science and Technology

This one-semester pathway qualification is if you need extra preparation in mathematics (160105 Methods of Mathematics), physics (124100 Introductory Physics) or chemistry (123103 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 124100 Introductory Physics or 160105 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 qualification.

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:

  • 123103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences
  • 124100 Introductory Physics
  • 160105 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.

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

Fees and scholarships

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?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

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.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

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.

What our students say

“My lecturers maintained an open door policy and acted as mentors through each project, motivating me to engineer innovatively.”
Akshaya Kumar

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechatronics)

“Throughout my studies, the engineering academic staff were supportive, encouraging, willing to help and probably, most importantly, they had real industry experience - not just academic and research based.”
Emma Bould

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechatronics)

“I really enjoyed studying at Massey. My professors always had their doors open when I needed help with problems. For me, it was important to have that continuous feedback loop to help strengthen my skills as an engineer.”
Krystian Toms

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics)

Accreditations and rankings

Engineering New Zealand - Washington Accord

Massey's Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is accredited by Engineering NZ under the Washington Accord, allowing our graduates to work internationally.

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