Application Deadline: February 4, 2024
The bachelor's program Mechatronics, Design & Innovation prepares you for the challenges and demands of professional life due to its innovative and comprehensive curriculum. The smart mix of technical components and business skills combined with individual elective options and stays abroad offers a wide-ranging degree program with its finger on the pulse.
The bachelor's program in Mechatronics, Design & Innovation is a full-time program with numerous elective options and international components. A compulsory professional internship as well as hands-on training, guaranteed by external lecturers from industry and business as well as jointfinal theses with companies, make it particularly easy to enter the professional world.
The study program Mechatronics, Design & Innovation
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Worldwide, mechanical and electrical engineering are among the most important branches of industry and are considered the basis for every technical innovation.Due to its strong connection with IT, digitalization is becoming increasingly important in this field and mechatronics has established itself as a new basic engineering discipline.
The international orientation, the pronounced practical relevance, the limited number of study places and the latest equipment from industry in the laboratories as well as insights into exciting research projects offer unique conditions with attractive future opportunities in the study program Mechatronics, Design & Innovation.
In the first year of study, students in the bachelor's program Mechatronics, Design & Innovation acquire basic knowledge in engineering sciences such as:
- engineering physics
- engineering mechanics
- materials engineering
- electronical engineering
- computer science.
From the 2nd semester onwards, students have the opportunity to choose between numerous innovative elective modules and deal with interdisciplinary disciplines such as digital and measurement technology, automation, electrical drives and dynamics. Special emphasis is put on mechatronic subjects such as control engineering, embedded systems and robotics, as well as future technologies such as e-mobility, data science and the Internet of Things.
To be successful as an engineer, graduates benefit from entrepreneurial thinking in addition to basic technical knowledge. The curriculum includes Foreign languages, management and entrepreneurship courses which allow students to acquire these essential skills. This multi-layered concept and the international networking with partner universities around the world make graduates of the Mechatronics, Design & Innovation program particularly attractive in the global job market.
If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.
Applications for admission are accepted on an ongoing basis via our online application platform. In the sense of your personal further planning, we recommend that you submit your application early.
Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given.
Generally, admission to the program is available to the following persons:
Persons without a university entrance qualification but with relevant vocational qualifications must additionally sit entrance exams in German, English (Level I), Mathematics (Level II) and Physics (Level I). The level of the exams corresponds to that of a non-school university entrance qualification in Engineering Studies.
Persons in their last year at school wishing to apply for a place on the program before taking their final exams must include their most current school report with their application. Successful applicants must subsequently submit their school-leaving examination certificate before the start of the first semester.
In just two steps to your desired study program at MCI:
Step 1 – Online application: CV & motivation
A complete online application consists of a CV, a letter of motivation, information on educational background, qualifications, professional career, social achievements and academic as well as professional goals. We would like to know why you are applying to study at MCI.
You may apply for more than one degree program at the same time, provided you can conclusively explain your respective motivations in your letter of motivation.
Step 2 – Online admission interview
In the second step, all applicants will be invited to an online admission interview.
In this interview, we want to get to know you. We are particularly interested in your motivation to study at MCI as well as your professional and personal goals you want to achieve with the help of your studies.
Within three weeks after the admission interview, we will inform you about the admission decision.
The program is distinguished by the quality of its content, its closeness to business, an individualized course of study, highly topical subject areas, and internationality. Through the close cooperation with our partners from the business world as well as the integrated internship, students gain valuable practical experience already during their bachelor studies. Personal development as well as the acquisition of social and intercultural skills form an essential part of the program, as does the transfer of comprehensive professional know-how.
The bachelor's program in Mechatronics, Design & Innovation is a full-time program.The bachelor's program in Mechatronics, Design & Innovation is a full-time program.
In full-time studies, lectures and seminars take place on weekdays, and blocked units allow for intensive study of individual topics. The classes usually take place from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:15 and/or from 13:30 to 16:45. In exceptional cases, the times may vary and the lessons and / or examinations may take place outside the specified times or possibly on Saturdays.
Our interdisciplinary electives provide you with the opportunity to tailor your academic journey to your own interests and goals.
Interdisciplinary electives are cross-curricular courses on current trends and developments.
They allow you to discuss topics from different perspectives and interact with students and faculty from other disciplines.
During your studies you have the unique chance to choose such a course from a wide range of topics within the following focus areas:
The electives offer the opportunity to deepen your own interests and broaden your horizons. Join us as we enter a world of learning, exploration, and growth! Read more.
Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Bachelor of Science in Engineering, in short BSc or B.Sc. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Bachelor diploma, the international diploma supplement, and further documents where relevant. MCI Alumni are entitled to combine their academic degree with the brand “MCI” to provide trust and orientation in an increasingly intransparent international education market. Example: BSc (MCI). Source: GZ BMWF-52.330/0195-I/6/2013
Mechatronics is an inherently creative discipline that represents a technological spearhead in Europe by connecting various disciplines. Through the focus on design in its actual meaning as a creative design process and a content orientation along highly relevant issues, the study program contributes in a special way to value creation and innovation.
In order to guarantee the implementation of technical know-how in the economic process, the curriculum includes valuable management competencies. This is further enhanced by individually choosingelective modules or choose to study abroad.
From the 2nd semester on, students of the bachelor's program Mechatronics, Design and Innovation have the possibility to choose two out of five modules from an extensive selection according to their interests without any restrictions. Among them are topics such as "Internet of Things", "e-Mobility", "Mobile Robotics & Vision", "Collaborative Robotics & Production Design" and "Machine Learning & Data Science". Together with the choice of the internship and the topic of the bachelor thesis, up to one third of the study program can be individualized. In particular, there is still the possibility of a specialization in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering.
Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits
MCI and Infineon Technologies Austria maintain a joint research laboratory in Innsbruck. One of the results of this collaboration is the Multicopter. Multicopters are used as carriers for highly efficient engine controls and for autonomous flight technologies.
One of the most essential components of MCI study programs is their international orientation. This is reflected not only in the curriculum and assigned projects, but also in the backgrounds of our faculty and students. Each program also includes the opportunity for students to spend a semester abroad at one of MCI’s many partner institutions.
The list shows partner universities of both specializations. Please note that only a few universities are available for both specializations. For more detailed information, please contact the degree program or the International Office.
At MCI, each program of study requires students to complete an integrative internship of at least 12 weeks at a national or international company. Students receive support from the respective department in organizing this internship and are supervised in coordination with the company.
Our department and the MCI Career Center regularly provide up-to-date information about internship positions and the situation on the labor market in general.
As part of practice-oriented projects, students are provided with the opportunity to work with local and international businesses. This allows them to immediately apply their newly acquired knowledge in practice and in collaboration with the project team. Their theoretical knowledge is further deepened by a mandatory internship of several weeks duration.
As one of the leading high-tech companies in Austria, Infineon Technologies Austria is, according to its growth strategy, always searching for high potentials. Due to the excellent problem solving skills of its alumni, especially in regard of interdisciplinarity, internationality and feasibilty, the MCI Mechatronics Master program is one of the most promising programs in Austria.
Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO Infineon Technologies, Villach
At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. Therefore, we provide our students plenty of opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice, even during their studies. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones of the MCI concept. Such cooperative work does not only benefit our students, but also, to a large extent our partners.
Alongside traditional mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering are the fundamental pillars of mechatronics. The research focus ‘Electronics & Data Analytics’ combines the fields of electronic development and data analysis. This cluster focuses on the development of hardware components - from idea generation to the creation of a functional prototype. At the same time, the area of data analytics is dedicated to the comprehensive processing and analysis of data. This area covers a broad spectrum, from data acquisition and pre-processing to detailed analyses and the visual presentation of results. The aim is to extract meaningful information from large volumes of data and use it to optimize processes, make decisions or develop new business models.
The strength of this focus lies in the synergistic connection of physical electronics and digital data processing. This combination enables innovative solutions that can be applied in industry and other sectors such as healthcare, environmental technology, and smart cities. Therefore, the approach is interdisciplinary and orientated towards real use cases in order to develop practical solutions that are both technologically advanced and socially relevant.
The competences acquired in the last few years in the disciplines structural mechanics, particle technology and fluid mechanics have been pooled together in the cluster Fluids & Mechanics. The unique strengths of MCI are the interdisciplinary approaches and varied comprehensive methods such as the experimental verification of simulations or the application of control engineering concepts in mechanical systems. Nonetheless, it is of prevailing importance to find the most appropriate solution for the respective problem with regard on the general requirements.
The use of technology in healthcare and related areas such as sports or gerontology has changed dramatically in recent decades.
One of the main reasons for this change is a fundamental change in society. Society is moving away from an almost exclusively curative approach and moving towards a holistic, preventive and, not least, integrative approach. The focus is on the person as such and not exclusively on the person in his or her role as a patient. In parallel, the available technological and information technology options have also developed rapidly.
The research area is therefore dedicated to the challenge of combining innovative technologies with new approaches in medicine, health care, sports and tourism, and from this to develop digital products and services in cooperation with partners from industry and research or to support their development. The overall goal is always to maintain and/or restore people's health or support their health care in the best possible way.
Ever-changing demands on companies and their production facilities, processes and organizational structures are posing ever-greater challenges. The evaluation of new products, business models and production processes as well as the modernization of existing facilities is the basis for future competitiveness. The targeted use of modern technologies and production simulations, the preparation and analysis of data and the optimization of value-added processes lead to a holistic view of production and organization.
Embedded SystemsControl SystemsMeasurement SystemsMedical Engineering
Flow & Phase EvaluationParticle & Separation TechnologySimulation TechnologyDynamic Systems
Assistive technologies in medical technologyRobotics in health serviceTechnology-driven systems in sports, health and tourismE-Health
Robotics & production technologiesProduction planning, optimization & stimulationTechnological innovation & organizational transformationSoftware & automation systems in production
Studying at MCI is an investment in a successful future. Through close cooperation with industry and the practical orientation of all courses, MCI graduates are in particularly high demand on the job market and have several job offers even before graduation.
MCI Alumni & Friends provides a dynamic service platform promoting contacts, image, professional careers, and personal development of MCI and its graduates. We are delighted with all the graduates who choose to stay in touch even long after completion of their studies, and allowing us to be a part of their various careers:
A number of applicants interested in this degree program have also expressed interest in the following bachelor program.
It is possible to apply for more than one degree program at the same time if you present your motives in a meaningful explanation.
The MCI offers a number of internationally oriented Master's courses. The master program in Mechatronics & Smart Technologies is aimed directly at the graduates of this bachelor program. The completion of a master's degree qualifies for the relevant doctoral studies.
Yes, it is possible and it is even recommended that you apply before obtaining your school-leaving certificate in order to secure one of the limited places in your desired course of study. Please include your most recent certificates available in your application. Should your application be successful, the relevant school-leaving certificate may be submitted at a later date.
Multiple applications are welcome as long as a plausible reason is provided in your cover letter. If you are admitted to two or more study programs, you are required to inform us of your final decision by the conclusion of the application procedures. If you have applied for two or more study programs, you will have to take the written entrance examination only once.
Since the admission interviews take place online, participation is also possible from abroad.
Students of this study program have the choice within their curriculum, but also as part of their extracurricular activities, to choose between modules, specializations, additional courses, electives, etc. Additionally, the semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities, the internship, as well as projects and final papers, enable our students to make their study program a truly unique experience.
For citizens of the following countries, the tuition fee is 363 euros per semester plus a fee for compulsory membership to the Austrian National Union of Students:
For students of non-EU countries not considered eligible according to above regulations, the tuition fee is as follows:
Your application documents regarding nationality will be assessed in detail as part of your admission procedure. Scholarships are available for applicants from non-EU countries and can be applied for as part of your online application.
Lectures and seminars in full-time courses are held on weekdays. To facilitate a more intense discussion of individual topics, some lessons may also be organized in blocks.
Attendance is mandatory in all classes. If you miss 25% of a course or more, this will have an effect on your final grade.
Exemption from mandatory attendance may be granted if a valid reason is given (e.g. sickness, visit to authorities or other personal reasons). Please submit your written request including relevant proof to the department for approval.