Content-wise, the Mechatronics and Information Technology programme is concerned with three engineering sciences: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, whereby studies focus on technical and applied computer science. With this combination, you learn to dovetail different knowledge domains in an expedient manner in order to develop intelligent machines, for example by means of machine learning. These are used in assistance systems in vehicles, e.g. ESP, the networked “Smart Factory” and robotics. Another area is CAE and the simulation of mechatronic systems, as are often used in the development of innovative products.
This programme is also offered as a KIA course, i.e. as a 9-semester dual studies programme at the Velbert/Heiligenhaus Campus. As a student of a KIA bachelor’s programme you earn a dual qualification: You complete a vocational training course and a university degree programme. Further information about the KIA programme can be found here.
This programme is additionally offered as a KIS course – this is also a 9-semester programme at the Velbert/Heiligenhaus Campus. In the KIS model (KIS = Cooperative Engineering Studies), you combine practical phases in a company with a university programme. Further information about the KIS programme can be found here.
Mechatronics and Information Technology graduates find employment in:
- Building technology: Locking systems and components
- Machine and plant construction
- Automobile industry and suppliers
- Medical and microsystems technology
- Technical computer science
- Embedded systems
Professional prospects in vocational teaching
For students who attend courses at the Teacher Training Centre of UAS_BO in parallel to their bachelor’s programme, there is additionally the possibility to become a teacher (in certain circumstances with civil servant status) at a vocational training college. This is conditional on a subsequent master’s degree programme, which can be completed at the University of Wuppertal.
1. Higher education entrance qualification
Admission to the programme is conditional on a higher education entrance qualification.
You require one of the following:
- Higher education entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife)
- General higher education entrance qualification: German Abitur
- An entrance qualification recognised as equivalent
In the case of the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, a differentiation is often made between the academic part and the practical part. The academic part is completed at school. The practical part can be a completed training course (e.g. apprenticeship) or a 6 or 12-month guided work placement. As a rule, which type of work placement you require in order to be entitled to study is indicated on your certificate. If you are unsure, please contact your school.
If you have obtained your entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences in a federal state other than North Rhine-Westphalia, please check your certificate to see if it is also valid here.
2. Subject-related work placement:
The standard period of study for the full-time Mechatronics and Information Technology programme is seven semesters and ends with the qualification as Bachelor of Engineering.
During the first two semesters, you acquire fundamental skills in the engineering sciences, e.g. mathematics, physics and computer science.
In the following phase, which also lasts two semesters, you apply and hone these skills, e.g. in the areas of mechanics, electrical engineering, hardware-related programming as well as simulation technology and control engineering.
In the last two subject-related semesters, you deal with special applications in the field of automation, robotics and design aspects of mechatronic systems. In this phase, you have the opportunity to co-shape your studies through (compulsory) electives.
In the final semester, you choose a topic from the programme and write your bachelor’s thesis. You also complete a 10-week practical phase.