The Applied Process Control MSc/PGDip will qualify you to manage the challenges of modern process control and process automation technology. It will provide you with advanced understanding of the principles of chemical engineering, and process control and automation methodologies.
Control Engineers apply engineering principles to design, build, and manage sophisticated computer-based instrumentation and control systems in the manufacturing industries. This sector depends on process control and automation technology to maintain a competitive edge.
What you'll learn
Through this course you will understand the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and key aspects of:
- information technology
- process control and automation methodologies
The interdisciplinary nature of this course qualifies you to manage the challenges of modern process control technology.
The MSc requires you to study 120 credits of taught modules and undertake a 60 credit research project. The PGDip requires 120 credits of taught modules only.
Modules to the value of 60 credits are delivered in both semester one and semester two. The Research project is carried out in semester three (June to August).
You have the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars from external industry lecturers. Some of the research projects are industry based and involve guidance from industrial supervisors.
The majority of the modules in semester one run for the duration of the semester, whereas most of the semester two modules are delivered in blocks, ie over one week. All teaching is carried out during weekdays.
We have a Process Control laboratory with four control rigs operated by computer control systems. These rigs are equipped with industrial scale instrumentations.
We also have a dedicated postgraduate computer cluster with relevant software, including:
- Aspen HYSYS
- multivariate statistical data analysis and monitoring tools (Pre-screen, MultiData, and BatchData)
The Peter Robinson Library has a large collection of text books and journals used by the course.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- CME3008 Process Control 2
- CME8008 Optimisation
- CME8009 Introduction to Computing with MATLAB and Simulink
- CME8013 Statistical Process Control
- CME8014 Data Analysis and Reconciliation for Control
- CME8016 Process Control Laboratory
- CME8099 Applied Process Control Dissertation
- CME8103 Process Control 3 - Design of Robust Control Algorithms
- CME8104 Process Control 4 - Design of Digital Control Algorithms
- CME8121 Instrumentation and Measurement
- CME8217 Time Series and System Identification
- EEE8013 Linear Controller Design and State Space with Matlab Applications
- EEE8115 Adaptive Control Systems
For the Postgraduate Diploma you take similar compulsory modules to the credit value of 120.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Engineers with training in applied process control are in demand and enjoy a wide range of careers in the chemical and process industries.
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Fees & Funding
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 honours degree (BEng or BSc), or equivalent, in engineering or a pure applied science subject.
We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with relevant industrial experience.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
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How to Apply
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The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.