Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)



Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) prepares you to be an industry-ready professional engineer with the skills to apply mechatronics engineering principles to challenging real-world problems such as the automation of industrial processes using robotics and other cutting-edge technologies, flying drones, 3D printers, robotics and self-driving cars.

The course offers studies in electronics, mechanical design and autonomous systems. Through project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL), you’ll learn fundamental theory and apply it to industry-relevant projects to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.

The course is tailored to industry needs and job readiness, and gives you access to cutting-edge technology and facilities, including state-of-the-art mechatronic systems and industrial robots. Through final-year projects, you will gain an introduction to advanced research areas such as mobile robotics and 3D printing, and have the opportunity to design an autonomous robot.

The course will also provide you with transferrable skills in entrepreneurship, innovation, project management, technical report writing and more. You’ll develop an understanding of ethics within the engineering profession, and of technical and professional issues within the industry while gaining an insight into the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the modern engineer.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) course is accredited by Engineers Australia, giving the degree international recognition and allowing graduates to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world. With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in demand.

Career opportunities exist in areas including industrial automation, control system design, electronic control systems engineering, robotics engineering and more.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.


Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: N/A
Waurn Ponds: 60.50
Cloud: N/A


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) (first year of course only)*, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne) (First year of course only)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Trimester 2 intake only available at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (Online).

* Only the first year of this Engineering program is available at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.  Students enrolled at the Melbourne Burwood Campus will be required to transfer to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Cloud (online) mode for the second year of their program.

International students holding student visas – this course is registered for delivery to student visa holders at Geelong Waurn Ponds campus.

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$9,050 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400314791 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514791 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614791 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code






Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

Professional Recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) course is accredited by Engineers Australia, which gives the degrees international recognition, allowing graduates to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world.

Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in areas including factory control, automation and control system design, as electronic control systems engineers or robotics engineers.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Integrate well-developed knowledge of physical sciences and engineering fundamentals, which underpins the engineering discipline to analyse complex engineering problems and to evaluate possible solutions.
  • Apply professional engineering knowledge, and knowledge of contextual factors in order to design, develop and maintain sustainable engineering infrastructure, systems or products.
  • Plan and execute research projects to show capacity for advanced knowledge and skills in an engineering discipline and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and / or scholarship.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Apply effective communication skills in a professional context to interpret, evaluate and present technical engineering information using oral, written, visual modes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in comprehending viewpoints of others and present arguments and justifications for representing engineering position to technical and non-technical audience.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.


  • Identify, select and use digital technologies and tools relevant to the engineering discipline to generate, manage and share information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate information, evaluate its reliability, and use the information for engineering design, problem solving and research purposes.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Demonstrate autonomy and judgement through balanced application of logic, intellectual and research criteria to review, analyse, and synthesise information for engineering problem solving.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Apply engineering knowledge, skills and techniques to identify and define complex problems in a variety of contexts.
  • Evaluate and use established engineering methods to identify potential solutions to independently and collaboratively resolve complex engineering problems and realise solutions.
  • Demonstrate innovative and creative approaches and/or solutions in planning, designing or executing engineering projects.


6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Evaluate own knowledge and skills using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance.
  • Work responsibly and safely in engineering environments to demonstrate professionalism.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Undertake various team roles, work effectively within a team, and utilise effective teamwork skills in order to achieve learning goals.
  • Apply interpersonal skills to interact and collaborate to enhance outcomes through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Formulate sustainable engineering practices by integrating aspects of design, development or research through concern for economic, environmental, social and cultural perspectives and values.
  • Engage with global traditions and current trends in engineering practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.


Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 or 2 credit points, sometimes abbreviated as cps. Most students choose to study units amounting to 4 credit points (or cps) per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 32 credit points include 30 core units (these are compulsory) and 2 Engineering elective units (you can choose which ones to study).


Compulsory units


Elective units


Total units


Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Design Fundamentals SEJ101 (2 credit points)
  • Engineering Fundamentals SEB101
  • Applied Algebra and Statistics SIT199
  • Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning SEJ010 (0 credit points)
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Electrical Systems Engineering Project SEJ102 (2 credit points)
  • Programming for Engineers SIT172
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling SIT194

  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Machine Design SEM200 (2 credit points)
  • Engineering Modelling SEP291
  • Measurement and Instrumentation SEE206
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Introduction to Work Placements STP010 (0 credit points)
  • Embedded System Design SER201 (2 credit points)^
  • Analogue and Digital Systems SEE216
  • Programming for Embedded Systems SER202

  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Mechatronic Design SER300 (2 credit points)
  • Data Communication SEE312
  • Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Systems SEE326
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Electromechanical Systems Design SER301 (2 credit points)
  • Control Systems SEE344
  • Dynamics of Machines SEM327
  • Engineering Work Experience SEP490 (0 credit points)*
  • * SEP490 is available in trimester 1, 2 and 3.

    Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A SEJ441 (2 credit points)~
  • 2 Engineering elective units

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Engineering Project B SEJ446 (2 credit points)~
  • Virtual and Augmented Interfaces SER400
  • Engineering elective

    ~ Note: Students are expected to undertake SEJ441 and SEJ446 in consecutive trimesters.  Students will be required to seek approval from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SEJ441 and SEJ446 consecutively.  

    ^ Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)


    Engineering elective units:

  • Industrial Data Communication SEE412
  • Product Development SED304
  • How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    However, you should apply directly to Deakin if you are not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or you're applying for a Deakin course which is not listed on the VTAC website.

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    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 50% of the course at Deakin University.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Engineering
    Tel 03 9244 6699


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Work experience

    You’ll gain industry experience by completing at least 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering workplace, developing and enhancing your understanding of the engineering profession, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    Flexible entry into the course allows students to upgrade their qualifications and to obtain credit for previous studies/experience. Applicants with appropriate TAFE qualifications or other approved post-secondary studies may apply for credit for prior learning. Credit may be considered for skills obtained in the workforce or by informal means.

    In order to satisfy course accreditation requirements, as specified and administered by Engineers Australia, all Cloud Campus enrolled students are required to participate in Campus learning activities equivalent to a minimum duration of one full academic week for every trimester of effective full time study in order to ensure that graduates possess and have demonstrated the minimum necessary knowledge and skill base, engineering application abilities, and professional skills, values and attitudes at successful completion of the course to be sufficiently prepared to enter professional engineering practice.

    Cloud Campus enrolled students are required to attend campus mode conducted activities during the corresponding Intensive Week in a trimester. Attendance at campus mode activities is linked to assessment requirements within the Engineering programmes, failure to attend will result in not meeting the hurdle requirement of the respective assessment. Thus, a fail grade shall be awarded for the respective affected unit(s) for that particular trimester.

    Note: Non student visa holders can choose to study at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Cloud Campus. Those residing outside of Australia can study via Cloud Campus. Students enrolled in Cloud Campus mode will be required to attend campus based activities at scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week. Cloud Campus students will be required to obtain a visitor visa to undertake these campus based activities. It is not possible to apply for a student visa to attend the intensive week programs.

    Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection.  Information about the hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Engineering, telephone 03 9244 6699.

    Before students will be deemed eligible to graduate they must obtain an aggregate of at least 12 weeks of suitable practical experience during their program. Work experience would normally be gained during the vacation periods. Further details are contained in the unit description for SEP490 Engineering Work Experience.

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Geelong Waurn Ponds

    Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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