BEng (Hons) in Mechatronics (Online)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Credits 60*
  • Course Code SG_EMTOL_K08
  • Award Honours Degree Addon
  • Duration 2

Course Summary

Mechatronics combines electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, robotics, and information communication technology in the creation of intelligent machines. This programme should appeal to anyone with an interest in a versatile and multidisciplinary engineering programme. It involves the study of automation from an engineering perspective and serves the purpose of controlling advanced hybrid systems in business and industry.

You will learn how to analyse, design, and control the type of machines and processes that are used, for example, in biomedical, automotive manufacture and high-speed automation. As a Mechatronics honours graduate you will be equally at home across multiple engineering domains and will be a specialist in interfacing computer-controlled systems.

The programme also develops the leadership and communication skills that you will find are essential if you intend to progress on to positions of responsibility in the manufacturing and service industries. This two-year course develops your knowledge and skills in electrical, electronic, control and mechanical engineering, programming, design, automation, mathematics, management and communications. 

This programme is suitable for persons currently employed in technician and technical support roles to upskill. The programme should also appeal to suitably qualified persons working in industries such as mechanical engineering, power and energy engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, robotics, information communication technology, and computer engineering to develop more multidisciplinary skills.  

Key Course Information

Online live classes are for 3 evenings per week in year 1, and 2 evenings per week in year 2. Each live class is approximately 1 hour long. The classes are at the same time each week and the schedule is announced at the beginning of each semester so you can plan. The live classes are usually at 6pm or 7pm between Monday to Thursday. All classes are recorded and available online for anyone who cannot attend in person.

Campus attendance may be required for some modules. If required, attendance will be twice per semester and only occur on Fridays. Attendance requirements will be communicated at the beginning of each semester.  

Please note, international distance learners can be facilitated to not have any in-person attendance requirements. 

Examinations: For Examinations, students may have to attend at the ATU campus through which they completed their studies. For some programmes it may be possible for the Exam to be taken remotely via online proctoring. ATU Students resident in the Republic of Ireland will be invited to attend exams at an exam centre located in Ireland. Students’ resident outside of Ireland or with exceptional circumstances may be eligible to attend remotely via online proctoring, where examinations are taken online and supervised virtually, subject to availability.


Application Closing Date : 16th August 2024

Entry Requirements

Over 50% average grade at level 7 in Mechatronics or a related discipline.

Applicants with other qualifications and/or with relevant industrial experience will also be considered. Graduates who have not obtained this minimum may incorporate other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience and apply for assessment via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions/ credit for some parts of the programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work or career. Further information is available at which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at .

Career Opportunities

Examples of careers that are open to our graduates include mechatronics engineer, robotics engineer, control systems engineer, automation engineer, instrumentation engineer, mechanical design, information and communication technology, data scientist/analyst etc. 

Further Study

Students who complete this programme can advance to our MEng in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles or MSc in Data Science programmes.

Did you know?

Most, if not all, of the students on this programme, are industry based in sectors that include large scale manufacturing, MedTech, pharmaceutical, automation, robotics, renewable power, and data centres.  

The programme is heavily linked with industry and our graduates are employed throughout Ireland, Europe and globally.

There are administrative and academic supports in place for all online students to assist with and improve their learning experience. These include the Online and Distance Learning (ODL) Office, The Engineering Support Centre, and The Maths Support Centre. 

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2024/25 Fees

Total Programme Fee: €9,000

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage

If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.

For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.

If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage