Postgraduate

Automation and Control MSc

Automation and Control MSc

Full time: 12 months

Profile

Our Automation and Control MSc is a multidisciplinary course that prepares you for a career as a design or development engineer in control and automated systems.


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About this course

About this course

This course will provide you with a broad coverage of all of the major disciplines in automation and control. It will also prepare you for a career in a a wide range of industrial sectors. 

Our MSc is designed for both practising professionals and new graduates in electrical and electronic engineering and other related engineering disciplines.

You will learn through innovative educational techniques designed to equip you with practical design skills and research methodologies - crucial for industry and further research studies (PhD). 

The MSc provides an advanced education that includes:

  • a focus on fundamentals in automation
  • control and practical application in industry

Core learning includes:

  • linear controller design and state space with Matlab applications
  • industrial automation, PLCs and robotics
  • distributed control systems
  • digital control systems
  • application of engineering and computing expertise to investigate a complex problem through an individual project

The flexible nature of this programme allows you to specialise in one of two streams:

Control Systems Stream

Developed to provide a thorough understanding of key areas of control systems, including:

  • control of electric drive systems
  • robust and adaptive control systems (concepts and design)

Mechatronics Stream

Focusing on aspects of mechatronics (systems and design), including:

  • instrumentation and drive systems
  • mechatronics and mobile robotics

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Careers

Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Graduate destinations

As a graduate you will have the enhanced skills and knowledge preparing you for wide range of careers across electrical, electronic, mechatronic and control engineering. Our graduates have gone on to destinations including:

  • Siemens
  • Dyson
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Nidec (Control Techniques)
  • Borg Warner

This course also provides a route into PhD level study.

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.

MSc

UK

Full time £11,400

International

Full time: £24,300

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

2:2 BEng honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • computer engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • communications or information and control engineering

Relevant professional experience is desirable, although not essential.

We will consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant professional experience.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

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.

Deposit

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.