Mechatronics, Design & Innovation | Bachelor

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 Application Deadline: May 26, 2024

Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-time | German
  • Duration of study: 6 semesters | 180 ECTS
  • Electives: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, IT and Management
  • Prerequisites: University entrance qualification or relevant professional qualification with additional exams
  • Academic degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering | BSc or B.Sc.
  • Tuition fee: EUR 363,36 / semester plus membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for EU und EEA citizens.

Before studying Mechatronics, Design & Innovation

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.


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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.

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:

- mathematics

- 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.

 Benjamin Massow, BSc MSc | Interim Head of Department & Studies Bachelor's program Mechatronics
Benjamin Massow, BSc MSc Interim Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3938

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact us.

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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.

Date 1 Nov 12, 2023 Nov 27 - 28, 2023
Date 2    Feb 4, 2024 Feb 19 - 21, 2024
Date 3 Mar 31, 2024 Apr 15 - 17, 2024
Date 4 May 26, 2024 Jun 10 - 12, 2024


Generally, admission to the program is available to the following persons:

  • Individuals with a university entrance qualification for a social, business or legal sciences study program (e.g. school-leaving exam, appropriate university entrance equivalency exam etc.)
  • Individuals without a university entrance qualification, but with relevant professional qualification, provided that one of the following requirements is fulfilled:
    • school-leaving certificate from a relevant vocational secondary school
    • completion of a dual education course with a relevant apprenticeship

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.

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While studying Mechatronics, Design & Innvoation

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.


Time model & language
Full-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: October – January
Summer semester: March – June
1st semester: Mechatronic basics
2nd - 6th semester: core & elective modules
5th or 6th semester: optional international semester at a renowned partner university or courses at the MCI
5th or 6th semester: professional internship in Austria or abroad
6th semester: Bachelor thesis and Bachelor examination
Tuition fees
EUR 363 / semester membership fee for the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) for EU and EEA citizens.
Details and information for students from third countries can be found under Admission.

Module overview

Mechatronics & Fundamentals of Engineering 26%
Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & IT 28%
Management & Languages 6%
Electives 26%
Bachelor Thesis & Professional Internship 14%

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:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Digitalization
  • Globalization
  • Society

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, Design & Innovation

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.


  1 2 3 4 5 6
Mathematics & Numerical Mathematics 4 | 5  4 | 5 4 | 5      
Physics  4 | 5            
Thermo & Fluid Dynamics        4 | 5    
Control Engineering       4 | 5 3 | 5  
Robotics & Automation Technology        4 | 5   3 | 5   
Elective Product Design     4 | 5       

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Engineering Mechanics  4 | 5 4 | 5        
Mechanical Engineering  4 | 5 4 | 5         

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Electrical Engineering  3 | 5          
Measurement & Digital Technology     4 | 5 4 | 5     
Drive Technology         3 | 5   

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Programming  2 | 2,5 2 | 2,5         
Softwaredesign     4 | 5      

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Innovative Skills   4 | 5 4 | 5       
Electronic Circuit Desgin    4 | 5  4 | 5      
Advanced Mechanical Engineering   4 | 5  4 | 5       
Collaborative Robotics & Production Systems    4 | 5  4 | 5      
Internet of Things    4 | 5  4 | 5       

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
e-Mobility       3 | 5 4 | 5   
Advanced Electronic Design       4 | 5 4 | 5   
Numerical Mechanics & Validation        4 | 5  4 | 5  
Mobile Robotics & Vision       4 | 5 4 | 5   
Machine Learning & Data Science        4 | 5 3 | 5   

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Bachelor Thesis / Internship           1 | 24
Bachelor Exam            0 | 1

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

  1 2 3 4 5 6
English 2 | 2,5  2 | 2,5         
Management & Entrepreneurship         4 | 5   4 | 5

Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Studying abroad

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.


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.

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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.

Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO Infineon Technologies, Villach

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

Research & Development

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.

  • Electronics & Data Analytics

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.

  • Fluids & Mechanics

The expertise developed in recent years in the fields of multiphase systems, structure dynamics and engine technology, have been pooled together in the research area “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 challenge with regard to the general requirements.

  • Health Tech

Technology has become an intrinsic part of our lives and increasingly allows holistic, preventive and not least integrative solutions. The focus is on people themselves - not only in their role as patients or athletes. At the same time, the available technological and information technology options have developed rapidly and the acceptance of their use in medicine, health and sports is increasing.

The research focus Health Tech is dedicated to the challenge of combining innovative technologies with trends in medicine, health care, sports and related fields and to develop products and services from them in cooperation with partners from industry and research or to support their further development. The overriding goal is to maintain and/or restore people's health on the one hand, and to promote sport in society through the use of technology and help athletes in top-level sport to achieve first-class performance on the other.

  • Smart Production & Organization

Changing demands on companies as well as their engineering and production processes pose ever increasing challenges. The evaluation of existing production processes and the modernization of existing plants is the basis for future competitiveness. Targeted automation, the optimization of value-added processes, the continuous integration of existing employees and the use of data-based methods lead to a holistic view of engineering, production and organization.

Electronics & Data Analytics

Hardware Development
Data Acquisition
Data Evaluation

Fluids & Mechanics

Particle & Separation Technology
Equipment & Process Optimization of Dispersed Systems
Computational Engineering
Structure Dynamics
Engines & Emissions

Health Tech

Sports Technology
Robotics in Health
Medical Devices


Automation & Robotics
Production Planning, Optimization & Simulation
Employee-Centric Production & Organizational Transformation
Data-Based Methods in Engineering & Production

After studying Mechatronics, Design & Innovation

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.

Professional Opportunities

  • Construction & design of machines
  • Quality assurance, maintenance, service & management
  • Measurement and control technology
  • Automation of plants and buildings
  • Planning, projecting & execution of plants
  • Research, development & technology transfer

MCI Alumni & Friends

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:

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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.

Questions and answers

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:

  • EU citizens,
  • EEA and Swiss citizens, and
  • non-EU citizens who, according to § 2 of the University of Applied Sciences Studies Act, are subject to § 1 of the Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (see Federal Law Gazette II No. 340/2013, in its current version).

For students of non-EU countries not considered eligible according to above regulations, the tuition fee is as follows:

  • Bachelor’s courses: 6,250 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee
  • Master’s courses: 6,250 euros / semester plus compulsory Austrian National Union of Students membership fee

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.