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I want to build robotics and similar things in the future, however I do not know which course to pick at uni
it seems the best choice is Mechatronics, but a lot of people say that mechatronics is not as good as mechanical engineering as the 1st year is the same but the 2nd and 3rd year there are like 3 modules which are different each, so you don't learn one subject fully but a bit of mechanical and electrical engineering,
does anyone know what course is best for me,
I can't start doing any ucas or finish my personal statements until ive fully decided.
Thanks for the help in advance
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(Original post by Iowan)
I want to build robotics and similar things in the future, however I do not know which course to pick at uni
it seems the best choice is Mechatronics, but a lot of people say that mechatronics is not as good as mechanical engineering as the 1st year is the same but the 2nd and 3rd year there are like 3 modules which are different each, so you don't learn one subject fully but a bit of mechanical and electrical engineering,
does anyone know what course is best for me,
I can't start doing any ucas or finish my personal statements until ive fully decided.
Thanks for the help in advance
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Might be better if you put this thread in the engineering section if you want some more opinions.

As for which choice I would say choose the one you like the modules of more. Do you enjoy learning about electricity and electronics? And how much do you enjoy it in comparison to the modules you would not be doing in mechanical engineering because you took mechtronics?

Don't know too much about whether it would affect employability, but you could check out the unistats page for the university, check out the job requirements on company websites and/or ask in the engineering thread.

For the personal statement perhaps you could just write a mechanical engineering one if you're not sure/applying to both courses and mention in a paragraph about your interest in mechatronics, electricity & circuitry and/or robotics.
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As for which choice I would say choose the one you like the modules of more. Do you enjoy learning about electricity and electronics? And how much do you enjoy it in comparison to the modules you would not be doing in mechanical engineering because you took mechtronics?
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Thannks for the advice
but what i was confused on was in terms of knowledge what could take me further either doing fully mechanical or half mechanical and electrical

I personally think i would enjoy both modules which arn't in the other courses
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Mechanical Engineering is broader. Generally, broader subjects are seen as better since it's never a good idea to specialise too early. Having said that, if you think you're in the position to make an informed decision, you've already actually done some robotics and you enjoy it, I don't think there's a problem with going with mechatronic engineering.
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Thannks for the advice
but what i was confused on was in terms of knowledge what could take me further either doing fully mechanical or half mechanical and electrical

I personally think i would enjoy both modules which arn't in the other courses
Well I'd agree with Chlorophile. Mechatronics will likely limit you if you want to go into a job that requires a mechanical engineering degree, but if you're interested in robotics and the crossover between electrical then this shouldn't be an issue because I'd imagine you wouldn't be wanting jobs just around mechanical engineering. Though if you think you might be interested in jobs in just mechanical engineering you might want to consider doing the mechanical course as it is broader and you should be able to do some mechatronics in year 3.
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[QUOTE=Chlorophile;51471557 if you think you're in the position to make an informed decision, .[/QUOTE]

Thanks, I have always sort of enjoyed the idea of building robots, since little, but i don't know if i would want to do it in a few years
so maybe its better to do mechanical engineering.
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Thanks, I have always sort of enjoyed the idea of building robots, since little, but i don't know if i would want to do it in a few years
so maybe its better to do mechanical engineering.
And what would the career path be if you are still interested in robotics by the end of this course? I am asking because I am also interested in robotics and I am facing the same problem...
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