Micro Mechatronics, 30 cr

Type of the study module

Advanced Studies


Pasi Kallio, Veikko Sariola

Learning Outcomes

- The aim of the major in Micro Mechatronics is to provide students with a competitive advantage in their careers by introducing them into this rapidly growing field. The goal is that students will be able to recognize the new opportunities provided by micro mechatronics and understand the current limits such that they can bring added value with this new technology in their future careers for example in product development.

After completing the study module, a student
is able to design, model, simulate, test and apply microsensors and microactuators, and understands their physical principles and the specifications of corresponding commercial products,
is familiar with the concept of scaling effect and understands the consequences in different microtechnology domains,
is familiar with the basic principles of microfabrication, understands the potential and limitations of the different methods and can design simple fabrication processes,
is familiar with the characterization methods of microscale components and is able to use basic devices,
is able to write technical reports and scientific publications and give technical presentations in English,
is able to start doctoral studies in micro mechatronics or an R&D career in industry.


BMT-2316 Introduction to Microsystem Technology; if the course does not belong to prerequisite studies of the student, the course must be included in the study module. ( Mandatory )


Compulsory courses

The course IHA-1957 Master's Thesis Seminar in Automation must be included in this study block.

Course Credit points Class
BMT-3016 Microactuators and Active Actuator Materials 5 cr V  
BMT-3036 Microsensors 5 cr IV  
MEI-56606 Machine Vision 5 cr IV  
Total 15 cr  

Optional Compulsory Courses

If BMT-2316 Introduction to Microsystem Technology belongs to prerequisites, it can not be included into the study module.

Course Credit points Class
BMT-2316 Introduction to Microsystem Technology 5 cr IV  

Complementary Courses

Should be completed to the minimum study module extent of 30 ETCS

Course Credit points Class
ASE-7116 Project Study in Automation Science and Engineering 2-8 cr V  
BMT-3076 Microfluidics 5 cr V  
IHA-2506 Electrohydraulic Servo Systems 5 cr V  
MEI-71006 Design of Mechatronic Systems 5 cr V  
MEI-71106 Simulation of Mechatronic Systems 5 cr V  
TIE-52206 Inertial Sensors and Their Applications 5 cr V  

Additional information

Miniaturization has been one of the important technological megatrends in the last decades. The size and price of microchips have been continuously reduced, resulting in the widespread use of microprocessors practically everywhere. Sensor and actuator technologies have been undergoing a similar transformation for more than two decades. Many of these microsystems have become a part of our everyday life, such as silicon microaccelerometers that are used for triggering the air bags in your car, to detect the movement of your smart phone or to analyse the mobility of patients with a cardiac pace maker. Other examples of commercial micro mechatronic systems include thousands of microactuators used in modern projection displays and microfluidic nozzles used in ink-jet printers and the gasoline injectors of modern cars.

Updated by: Ojala Nina, 27.11.2018