Master of Engineering in Mechatronics Design

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Program Description

Master of Engineering in Mechatronics Design

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Mechatronics Design combines the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering in the study of integrated modelling, analysis, design and manufacture of electromechanical and mechatronic systems. These principles can be applied in the following industries: transportation; manufacturing and production engineering; biomedical and healthcare technologies; energy; aviation and aerospace; automated office and household technologies; and computer systems.

Students must have a Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent, as well as some prior education in mechatronics design, to be eligible for the Mechatronics Design MEng program.

Why UBC?


The department has one of the most active research programs in Canada. It is home to 9 Research Chairs and is a member of 12 Research Institutes and Centres. Our major research groups are in Biomedical Engineering, Design and Applied Mechanics, Mechatronics and Manufacturing, and Thermofluids.


We’re ranked in the World’s Top 40 Universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education, and our professors are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields.


UBC offers a number of scholarships and top-ups to external awards. The Mechanical Engineering Department is also committed to providing funding to every accepted M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. student in the form of Research Assistantships or Top-Ups. Teaching Assistantships may also be available. Top new students are eligible for a Gartshore Graduate Entrance Fellowship, a one-year Fellowship worth up to $21,000.


We offer research-based M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineer­ing, as well as professional M.Eng. and M.E.L. programs for those who would like to further their studies without pursuing research.


The gateway to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver, British Columbia is consistently ranked as the most livable city in North America (The Economist). The city has a mild climate, with average temperatures between 0°C and 22°C–hardly the frozen expanse of snow Canada is stereotypically known for. It’s easy to get here, too – we’re minutes away from YVR, a major international airport.


Vancouver’s mild climate leads to amazing recreation possibilities. Vancouver offers many bike routes, great water-based activities like kayaking and sailing, and skiing at the local mountains or Whistler (which is just a bus ride away). The campus itself is nestled at the edge of the city between the beach and Pacific Spirit Park, a forest boasting 54 kilometres of walking and cycling trails.


UBC and Vancouver offer a great mix of people from all over the world. This leads to a very accepting, inclusive community. A wide range of cultural and spiritual associa­tions are available if you would like to learn more about other cultures, or if you wish to stay connected to your own. Another bonus is the amazing food from all over the globe.


Our degrees are recognized worldwide, giving you great mobility in the world economy. Are you an International student hoping for Canadian work experience? No problem! Inter­national students are eligible for work permits during their studies and up to one year after graduation – and so are their spouses (including common-law partners).

Application Instructions

NOTE: The instructions below are for MEng Mechatronics Design applicants only. Students interested in our other MEng programs, or in our MEL, MASc, or Ph.D. programs, should visit our Applications and Admissions information page, which will point you to the application instructions for each specific program.

NOTE: Please note that we have been informed that UBC is in the process of increasing tuition fees. These changes are currently pending. The proposed increase will take effect after May 2018.


The MEng Mechatronics Design application process is going ‘paperless’: we no longer require that official paper documents be sent to the Program Office in support of an application. Instead, the Program Office will review scanned PDF versions of documents uploaded to the online application portal, and will only require official (paper) documents if an applicant is accepted.

Successful applicants will receive a provisional admission offer with a deadline to submit official documents in order to receive an unconditional admission offer.

No registration or start of the program is allowed until the provisions are fulfilled and a new letter issued.

The following documentation is required in support of an application to the Master of Engineering program at UBC:

  1. Master of Engineering Program online application form and application fee. Payment by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or debit card (CAD $100.00 domestic, CAD $162.00 international).
  2. Three confidential reference reports. The online application form will ask for the contact information for the referees. The referee will be invited by email and will respond by email. Applicants can check the status of submission through their online application form account. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Personal references are not acceptable.
  3. Uploaded documents. Applicants can now upload PDF scans of the following: (1) English test; (2) Proof of Canadian Permanent Residency or Canadian Citizenship (for those not born in Canada); and (3) Official academic documents. If given a provisional admission offer, the academic documents couriered must match the scans used for review in order to receive an unconditional admission letter.

Academic Requirements

Applicants with Canadian or U.S credentials

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent, conferred at a recognized institution in North America, as well as some prior education in mechatronics design, with:

  • A minimum overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year level courses, or
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year level courses in the A-grade range (at UBC 80% or higher).

International applicants

Applicants must hold a credential deemed comparable to a Canadian four-year Bachelor of Applied Science, as well as some prior education in mechatronics design, with:

  • A minimum overall average equivalent to B+ (the MEng Program Office has established specific minimum admission requirements for graduates of different countries), and
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL iBT score of 90 (see below for specific language test requirements).

Any applicant whose degree was conferred at a university outside Canada, other than the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia, must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of application, and official test scores ordered from the testing agency are required for the application. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable. No test waiver is allowed.

Language Requirements

English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Requirements

IELTS (Academic)

  • 6.0 Reading
  • 6.0 Writing
  • 6.0 Listening
  • 6.0 Speaking
  • 6.5 Overall


  • 22 Reading
  • 21 Writing
  • 22 Listening
  • 21 Speaking
  • 93 Overall

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)

On the IELTS application form, you will be asked to specify institutions where you would like the results to be sent. To ensure UBC receives your results correctly, use the following details on the application:

  1. Name of institution: The University of British Columbia.
  2. Name of person/department: Mechanical Engineering.
  3. Address: 2054-6250 Applied Science Lane, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2, Canada.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  1. Use the University of British Columbia’s institution code 0965, and the Mechanical Engineering department code 68.
  2. Give the reason for taking TOEFL “to enter a college or university as a graduate student”.

Cost & Fees

  • International students: CAD $18,901.11 per year
  • Canadian students: CAD $5,836.44 per year

Eligibility for Financial Assistance

May apply for Teaching Assistantships.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Engineering
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Mechatronics Design
  • Program Components: Coursework only
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 14, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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12 - 18 months
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5,836 CAD
Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia
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$5,836.44 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $18,901.11 Tuition per year for International students