Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

M.Sc Mechatronics Engineering

This is a growing subsection of Mechanical Engineering dealing specifically with using knowledge from Electronics and Computer Engineering and Science to build intelligent mechanical devices – also commonly referred to as embedded systems. It is a synergy of the three fields with mechanical engineering forming the foundation.
Specific areas of education in this Mechatronics include:-

  1. Mechanics
  2. Electronics
  3. Embedded system programming
  4. Designs – Machine Design
  5. Signal analysis
  6. Computer simulation
  7. Sensor & Actuator & Measurement
  8. Control Systems

A graduate in the Mechatronic field can be involved in any process/products – military or civilian that involved machine intelligent in mechanical system. For example: Consumer products, (air conditioners, washing machine, vehicle security bump alarm, perimeter security, mobile phone/devices etc), consumer robots e.g. house cleaning Military – Personnel, safety, object categorization warning devices Disaster – Urban search and rescue devices, early warning devices etc. Hospital – computerized surgical endoscopes/minimally invasive surgery, Robotics of all categories – industrial home, military, entertainment etc.

Program Description

Master of Science (M.Sc) Mechatronics Engineering is a program domiciled in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. It is a mixed mode program (coursework and research). The program is designed to run for a minimum of 2 academic sessions. The first session is for the coursework, while the second session is for the research. Students enrolled in the program are expected to take a minimum of 14 courses, 7 in the first semester and 7 in the second semester. Upon completion and passing of the courses, students are expected to take a research for the second session. In the research phase, the students are expected to have a minimum of 3 presentations, 2 seminar presentations and an external defense. The 2 seminar presentations are proposal and the internal defense. However, if a student performs below expectation in any of the seminar presentations, the student would have to re-present the seminar.
A graduate of Mechatronics engineering can be involved in any process/products be it military or civilian that involve the addition of intelligence to mechanical systems. For example: Consumer products – air conditioners, washing machine, vehicle security, bomb alarm, perimeter security, mobile devices etc, Military – Personnel safety, weapons, systems etc, Disaster Management – Urban search and rescue devices, early warning devices etc. Hospital – computerized surgical endoscopes, minimally invasive surgery etc, Robots of all categories – industrial, home, military, entertainment, medical etc, Prosthetic limbs, Automobile controls, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV), Internet of things.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a second class lower (2:2) honors degree (B.Sc, B.Eng, B.Tech) in Mechatronics, Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Engineering disciplines from a recognized university or its equivalent. Other qualifications that are equivalent to an honors degree may also be acceptable that is Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Engineering.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Pass 42 credit units of course work
  2. Present at least two departmental seminars (proposal and internal)
  3. Present an oral external examination
  4. Dissertation