This course covers all major disciplines in automation and control. It provides advanced education for both practising professionals and new graduates. You'll learn practical skills including:
- 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 complex problems
You'll learn crucial innovative techniques, including practical design skills and research methodologies. These are ideal for further research studies (PhD) and careers in a wide range of sectors.
Our experts have worldwide reputations in electrical engineering, mechatronics, and control systems research. With strong industry links, our degrees are shaped by industry and provide you with an enhanced learning journey.
The flexible nature of this programme allows you to specialise in one of two streams:
- Control Systems
Control Systems Stream
You'll gain a thorough understanding of key areas, including:
- AC and DC electric drives systems
- analyse and design control systems for a wide range of electric drive applications
- construct and critically test drive simulation studies in the area of control of electric drives
- gain insight and advanced understanding of modern controller design, emerging intelligent control methods, and mitigation techniques for problems associated in real-life design
Focusing on the systems and design aspects of mechatronics you'll:
- gain knowledge and understanding of the operating characteristics and design of a range of sensors and motors. This includes their integration into appropriate control systems within a specific mechanical design
- understand key mechatronic concepts and their specific applications to the robust design of mobile robotic systems. This will provide you with skills to design, develop and operate a functional mobile robot mechatronic system
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What you'll learn
All of the taught modules on MSc Automation and Control are informed by University research.
This MSc will enable you to:
- gain an appreciation of real-life problems in an area of industry where skills are in great demand
- develop an in-depth understanding of system analysis and controller design using state-space techniques with Matlab applications
- gain analytical and design skills through an understanding of fundamentals and modern methods in digital control systems
- gain knowledge and practical skills in industrial automation technology, including; industrial robotics, servomechanisms, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and distributed control systems
- investigate complex problems through analysis, design and development of an original system or device
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
(only use this component if course has more than one qualification option)
An MSc is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
How you'll learn
We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You'll engage with fellow students across all key engineering disciplines. This offers a rich and diverse learning experience.
Our teaching covers a broad range of subjects and consists of:
- practical laboratory sessions
- group work
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Design or creative project
- Lab exercise
- Oral examination
- Written examination
- Written exercise
MSc Project and Dissertation
You'll undertake advanced research on a related topic as part of an independent dissertation.
This will allow you to:
- combine the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from the modules you've undertaken
- develop your research skills on a relevant topic
- gain experience of working with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, CAD tools, and industrially relevant software design tools.
- develop key engineering and organisational skills relevant to the industrial workplace
Example project topics include:
- Control system design for Electric Vehicle Drive Trains
- Control system design for Renewable Energy applications (Photovoltaics, Wind Turbines etc)
- Parameter estimation and adaptive digital control of switch mode power electronic applications
- Intelligent Control Systems; various research investigations into Robust Control, Adaptive Control, Fuzzy Logic, Neural Networks, Artificial Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- Electric drive systems; including Sensorless Control and Model Reference Adaptive Control
- Application of PLCs and industrial sensors; for example, industrial conveyor belt applications
- Control of a 6-DOF Robotic Arm; including object manipulation and pick and place applications
- Development of a home automation and security systems
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Dr Matthew Armstrong
Degree Programme Director
Areas of expertise:
- design of novel power converter topologies
- real-time digital control of power electronic converters
- control of electric drives
- system modelling; including system identification\parameter estimation
- hardware In the Loop (HiL) emulation
- distributed generation/grid connected renewable energy systems
- transport electrification
- Li-ion battery characterisation and Non-Destructive Testing techniques
Dr John Hedley
Areas of expertise:
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) - design and characterisation
- autonomous robotics
Dr Damian Giaouris
Areas of expertise:
- nonlinear dynamics of electrical systems
- distributed energy systems
- smart grids
- electric vehicles and energy management
Dr Mohammed Elgendy
Areas of expertise:
- grid-connected converters
- distributed generation and smart grids
- maximum power point tracking algorithms
- switched reluctance motor drives
Dr Andrew Smith
Areas of expertise:
- control of Electric Drives
- sensorless Control of AC machines
- wind Power Generation
Dr Kristopher Smith
Areas of expertise:
- electromagnetic design of electrical machines
- permanent magnet machine design
- power supply quality in brushless drives
Our innovative educational techniques will give you practical design skills and research methodologies. You'll gain practical hands-on experience of using control system technology.
As a graduate, you'll have enhanced skills and knowledge. These prepare you for a wide range of careers across electrical, electronic, mechatronic and control engineering. Our graduates have gone on to destinations including:
- Rockwell Automation
- Nidec (Control Techniques)
- Borg Warner
This course also provides a route into PhD level study.
You'll benefit from:
- industry guest lectures
- site visits
- networking opportunities
- employment opportunities with added support from our Careers Service
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll learn in modern lecture theatres fully equipped with audio-visual equipment. Canvas, a web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), will support your taught modules.
Practical sessions are carried out in modern laboratories with state-of-the-art hardware and computing facilities.
You'll have access to a range of specialist facilities across campus that will support your studies and enhance your learning experience. These include:
- Computing Lab
- Electronics Teaching Lab
- Power Electronics, Drives and Machines Lab
Each research group in the school has dedicated equipment and laboratories. As part of your Individual Project, you may also have the opportunity to work within one of our research laboratories, including:
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) Lab
- Electrical Power Research Lab
- Smart Grid Lab and Energy Storage Test Bed
- Urban Sciences Building
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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- living costs
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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