Mechatronics, Design & Innovation | Bachelor

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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.
  • There are still a few remaining/waiting list spots available for study start in fall 2022.

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.

Overview

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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.

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DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle | Head of Department & Studies Bachelor's program Mechatronics
DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle Head of Department & Studies

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

Consultancy situation at the MCI.

Admission

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.

  Application
deadline
Entrance Exam Interview Additional Exam*
         
Date 1 14, Nov 2021 29, Nov – 01, Dec 2021 06 - 07, Dec 2021 07, Dec 2021
Date 2 30, Jan 2022 14 - 16, Feb 2022 21 - 23, Feb 2022 22, Feb 2022
Date 3 03, Apr 2022 18 - 21, Apr 2022 25 - 27, Apr 2022 26, Apr 2022
Date 4 29, May 2022 13 - 15, Jun 2022 20 - 22, Jun 2022 21, Jun 2022
Date 5 26, Jun 2022 11 - 13, Jul 2022 18 - 20, Jul 2022 19, Jul 2022

 

*Additional exams are to be taken only by those applicants who do not have a university entrance qualification. For details see prerequisites.

Detailed information (procedure, dates, etc.) will be provided to applicants in time.

An application as early as possible is recommended.

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 natural sciences.

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.

Places are allocated on the basis of the following criteria:

Career background & motivation - 30%
Particular attention is paid to educational background and qualifications, any professional career, further training, etc. Special consideration is given to motivation and study and career goals.

Online admission test - 20%
The online admission test consists of questions on deductive thinking, numerical abilities, English language skills, as well as a study-related personality profile.

Multiple Applications: The admission test applies to all business-related studies and has only to be taken once.

Online admission interview - 50%
The interview gives applicants the opportunity to present themselves personally, to expand on the information provided in the application and to explain their academic and professional goals.

Applicants will be informed of the admission decision as soon as possible. Applicants who cannot be admitted due to limited places will be put on a waiting list and - if they are still interested - may be admitted if a place becomes available.

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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.

Facts

Time model & language
Full-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: October – January
Summer semester: March – June
Structure
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

Subject%
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.

 

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.

Electives

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.

Curriculum

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


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Technology at MCI

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.

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.

Internship

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

Dealing with electronic components and designing PCB’s are standard skills in industry. Building new systems out of systems of integrated circuits is a new challenging task, while dealing with energy efficiency, usability and reliability. The design of embedded systems will come more and more into the focus of standard industrial applications.

  • Fluids & Mechanics

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.

  • Health Tech

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.

  • Smart Production & Organization

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.

Electronics

Embedded Systems
Control Systems
Measurement Systems
Medical Engineering

Fluids & Mechanics

Flow & Phase Evaluation
Particle & Separation Technology
Simulation Technology
Dynamic Systems

Health Tech

Assistive technologies in medical technology
Robotics in health service
Technology-driven systems in sports, health and tourism
E-Health

SMART PRODUCTION & ORGANIZATION

Robotics & production technologies
Production planning, optimization & stimulation
Technological innovation & organizational transformation
Software & automation systems in 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:

Success Stories

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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.

The written entrance examination is held on the MCI campus in Innsbruck. Please reserve the relevant dates (see application deadlines). The exact dates and times will be communicated to you immediately after the conclusion of the application period. Should you be unable to attend one of the required dates, you will be required  to take the entrance examination on one of the alternative dates provided.

Visit the homepage of our department where, in the Admissions section, you can find relevant preparation materials for the written entrance examination. Once we have received your application, you will receive relevant information including tips and advice on how to prepare for the exam.

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: 7,500 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.