This course covers all the major disciplines in automation and control. It includes in-depth study of advanced control systems, industrial automation technologies, systems integration, distributed control systems and field bus protocols.
The Automation and Control MSc equips engineering graduates with the theory and practical experience to begin a career as a design or development engineer in control and automated systems. It also develops skills in research and knowledge acquisition, which provides the foundation for further study.
What you'll learn
You study modern and classic control systems and industrial automation technologies. The course also provides the latest information on systems integration using field buses and distributed control systems. You use industry standard test and measurement equipment and also experimental hardware and software packages relevant to the field of automation and control.
The course comprises a mixture of lectures, tutorials, coursework and practical laboratory classes. Innovative educational techniques equip you with practical design skills and research methodologies. A specialist topic of your choice is developed through an in-depth research project. You will engage with experts with world-wide reputations for high quality research in the field of Electrical Engineering and Control.
You take modules to a total value of 180 credits over three semesters. Taught modules, worth 120 credits, take place during the first and second semesters with exams held in January and May/June. An individual project, worth 60 credits, is undertaken over semesters two and three.
Background reading and design work take place during the second semester. The majority of experimental work and preparation of your dissertation takes place during semester three.
Teaching is delivered in modern lecture theatres equipped with audio visual equipment. Blackboard, a web based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), supports your taught modules. Practical sessions take place in small groups in world-class laboratories with extensive computing facilities.
You will have access to a range of specialist facilities. Each research group in the school has dedicated equipment and laboratories.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- EEE8005 Industrial Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
- EEE8006 Distributed Control Systems
- EEE8007 Digital Control Systems
- EEE8013 Linear Controller Design and State Space with Matlab Applications
- EEE8074 Coursework (EP and AC)
- EEE8075 Electrical Power and Control Project
- EEE8097 Individual Project
Optional modulesOptional modules
You take optional modules to a value of 30 credits.
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.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time £10,200
Full time £10,200
Full time: £21,600
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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.
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A 2:2 BEng honours degree, or international equivalent, in:
- electrical and electronic engineering
- computer engineering
- mechanical engineering
- communications or information and control engineering
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at 5.5)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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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.
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.