- About the faculty
- Study programmes
- - ICT
- - Engineering
- - - Preliminary Courses
- - - Aerospace
- - - Civil Engineering
- - - Renewable Energy
- - - Mechatronics
- - - Master in Mechatronics
- - - MSc in Industrial and Technology Management
- - Mathematical Sciences
- - Natural Sciences
Master in Mechatronics
The local industry needs graduates with competence at master- or PhD level. These companies work internationally and there are opportunities for international travel and career development. A new company trainee program for recently graduated Master Mechatronics students is also available. See also the web-pages of NCE NODE.
A unique study programme
UiA has the oldest and most established mechatronics education in the Nordic countries. Already in 1989 the first mechatronics students graduated from UiA (then called Sørlandets Tekniske Skole). During the following years the bachelor study programme in mechatronics has been continuously developed in close collaboration with the regional supplier industry within oil and gas. UiA has offered a Master program in Mechatronics since August 2008, which is adapted towards this industry and which is currently the only of its kind in Norway. A company trainee program for recently graduated Mechatronics Master students is also available, see this link. The PhD program in mechatronics started early 2010, hence UiA now offers an 8-year mechatronics education at all levels from Bachelor to PhD.
The word mechatronics is a combination of the words mechanics and electronics, and these two areas combined with modern information technology form the foundation for a wide variety of products and systems. A difference between the mechatronics study programme at UiA compared to many similar study programmes abroad is UiA's strong focus on systems with large mechanical dimensions, large forces and hydraulic components and systems. The study programme is therefore adapted towards the local supplier industry within oil and gas. This industry is world-leading in several areas, for example development of advanced robotic equipment for drilling operations, anchor systems for boats and platforms, loading and lifting equipment for the marine industry, for example ”heave-compensated” crane systems and process industry. Examples of local companies within these areas are Aker Solutions, National Oilwell Varco, Wellquip, MacGregor Hydramarine, TTS Energy, NYMO, Sevan Marine, Nexus Floating. Within the process industries we collaborate with Elkem and XStrata Nickel.
Jobs and career possibilities
We can guarantee a master thesis in one of our collaborating partner companies. Through the work with the master thesis you will work on solutions coupled to one of the products or systems in a company. The thesis work will be in close collaboration with a supervisor in the company, and often results in a job offer. The local supplier industry operates in a demanding international market, and offers jobs in many different disciplines and at many levels, in Norway and abroad. In addition to the local companies mentioned above, we can also offer student projects with other national and international companies. UiA is also a research partner in the centre NORCOWE. Within this centre it will be possible for master and PhD projects within offshore wind power. In the energy industry we collaborate with Agder Energi.
In the Master program in Mechatronics there is a large emphasis on project work in groups of typically 2-4 students. All of the first three semesters contain a larger project, with one common report for the entire group and oral presentations. In the second and third semesters several courses are coordinated such that there is a large common Mechatronic project. The project typically accounts for half the workload of a semester. One example is the common project between the three courses Industrial IT, Hydraulics and Machine Design in the second semester. For the Master thesis in the fourth semester the student can choose if he/she wants to work alone or as a project with another student. In this way the master students in Mechatronics gain valueable experience in team and project work similar to the working format they will meet later during their careers. In addition to the academic coursework, there is a large emphasis on project organisation, progress planning, project execution and project management.
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The application deadline for the 2-year programme is June 1 (for local students) and the application should be sent to Lokalt opptak UiA.
Information for international students:
- Students with a Bachelor in Mechanical, Electrical or Mechatronics Engineering can apply.
- The following documents must be supplied:
- List of grades and course descriptions in English from your bachelor's degree with an official stamp from your university.
- Confirmation of English language skills: IELTS>5.0 points OR TOEFL>500 points OR TOEFL INTERNET TEST>60 points
- Confirmation of Norwegian language skills: Test of Norwegian (Advanced Level, Writing) > 450 points. Candidates can take the test outside of Norway, provided that a Norwegian embassy, a consulate or a university with a senior lecturer in Norwegian is willing to administer the test. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The bachelor's degree including the final thesis project must be completed in full by July 1 and all official graduation documents from your university must be received at UiA by this date.
- About 75% of the master's programme will be taught in English, the rest in Norwegian. You will be expected to speak and write some Norwegian during the 2-year master programme.
- For further information contact email@example.com
Contact persons are:
Kjell G Robbersmyr, tlf 37 23 30 00, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Svendsen, tlf 37 23 30 00
Åse Linn Berntsen, tlf 37 23 30 00
Head of department
tlf. + 47 37 25 32 16
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