Choosing between a two-year degree or three-year degree

Our programme allows students to choose either a two-year or a three-year track. Both options provide students with a strong learning experience and career preparation.

Students who choose the three-year degree track will graduate with a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Certificate from ETH Zurich, and a Master of Science in Mechatronic Engineering degree from Ashesi University. 

Students who choose the two-year degree track may opt to pursue either a Master of Science (MSc) in Mechatronic Engineering degree from Ashesi University, or a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Mechatronic Engineering degree. The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree is a research degree.

  • Curriculum Overview Open or Close

    The list shown below represents typical modules of the programme and may change. Please note that all modules are compulsory, and study is full time.

    Year 1 (Students on the 3-Year track start here)

    • Mathematical Tools I, II

    • Thermofluids

    • Computer Programming and Embedded Systems

    • Analog and Digital Electronics

    • Statics and Solid Mechanics

    • Signals and Systems

    • Material Engineering

    • Dynamics

    • Computational Methods

    Year 2 (Students on the two-year track start here)

    • Control Systems I

    • Data Analysis and Machine Learning

    • Leading Teams / Reducing Societal and Environmental Footprint

    • Renewable Energy Technologies

    • Manufacturing Processes

    • Control Systems II and Optimal Control

    • Robotics and Mechatronics

    • Finance and Policy Making for Technology Innovation

    • Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

    • Energy Systems and Mobility

    • Process Engineering

    Year 3

    • Systems Identification and Modelling

    • Advanced Communication Systems and Internet of Things

    • Development Economics

    • Sustainable Engineering

    • Product Development

    • Reliability and Risk

    • Industrial internship

    • Master Thesis

  • Teaching and Learning Open or Close

    Groundbreaking research on relevant market needs feeds directly into teaching, and students will have regular contact with staff from Ashesi University and ETH Zurich who are at the forefront of their disciplines. Teaching methods include modular lectures, tutorial sessions, software and hardware laboratory sessions, group projects, individual projects, industrial placement, and seminars.

    In this programme, students will be taught by experienced academics, relevant industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting them to some of the brightest minds for high quality global and regional engineering education.

  • Assessment & Degree Awards Open or Close

    Assessment Methods
    Each module lasts two weeks followed by two weeks of self-studies and assessment. You will be assessed using a range of techniques including coursework software or hardware deliverable, case studies, industrial internship report, technical report, master thesis, presentations, in-class tests, and written examinations.

    Awarded Degrees & Certificates
    On completion, students will receive a Master of Science (MSc) from Ashesi University, and a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) from ETH Zurich. Students on the two-year programme track may also opt to pursue a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from Ashesi University, which would mean engaging in more research, instead of the Master of Science (MSC). There are no diploma substitutes. 

  • Programme Structure Open or Close

    Advanced Core Modules form the foundation of the programme, developing methodological competence in design and analysis of mechanical systems, together with programming and deployment of embedded devices for rapidly expanding applications in a host of industrial sectors.

    Mechatronics and Control Modules provide knowledge in the application of innovative robotic and control system solutions including data-driven and machine learning techniques to existing systems and modern engineering systems.

    Energy and Production Systems deepen your understanding of renewable energy technologies and propulsion systems in product development and process chain planning, providing the competence to propose appropriate and effective design improvements and mitigation strategies.

    Engineering in Perspective provides context to the technical knowledge, training students in leadership, public policy, corporate social responsibility and international cooperation in preparation for influential careers that contribute towards the sustainable industrial development of Africa.

    Over the last year of the programme, students will gain hands-on experience through an internship where they will apply their acquired knowledge and skill, and research experience through a professional project and Master thesis where they will work on a project linked to one of our industry partners and/or research groups. Learn more below.