The overall objective of this course is to add value to your first degree and previous relevant experience by developing a focused, integrated and critically aware understanding of underlying theory and current policy and practice in the field of control systems engineering.
The course is control systems focused, with the emphasis on control systems theory together with a range of control applications including industrial control (SCADA), intelligent control, flight control and robotic control. The control systems approach provides continuity in learning throughout the one year of study.
This course has been awarded accredited status by both the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for 2010 to 2014 intake cohorts as meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for students who also hold an accredited BEng Honours degree. Candidates who do not hold an appropriately accredited BEng Honours degree will gain partial exemption for CEng status; these candidates will need to have their first qualification individually assessed if they wish to progress onto CEng registration.
Professional registration and Institution membership will enhance your career in the following ways:
On completion of the course you should have a critical awareness and understanding of current problems in control engineering, techniques applicable to research in the field of control systems and how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the field of control systems. You should also be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialists.
Teaching will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities.
Mechanical Lab – This lab is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments – typical laboratory sessions would include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.
Aerodynamics Lab – Contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels – typical laboratory experiments would include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.
Composite Material Lab – This lab contains wet lay-up and pre-preg facilities for fabrication of composite material test sections. The facility is particularly utilised for final year project work.
Control & Dynamics Lab – Contains flight simulators (see details below) and programmable control experiments – typical laboratory sessions would include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.
Merlin MP520-T Engineering Simulator
Elite Flight Training System
A wide range of control and automation opportunities in manufacturing and engineering companies, opportunities in the aerospace sector.
There are opportunities to go on to further research study within our CASE control and Intelligent Systems Research Centre.
Research themes in the Centre include:
Control Engineering is a multi-disciplinary subject, with applications across a wide range of industrial sectors. The Control Systems Group in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester has been running an MSc course in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering since 1968. The course is geared for graduates from a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines.
The aims of the course are to:
Students acquire a range of intellectual skills that cover the design, analysis and simulation of control systems. A strong emphasis is placed on practical and transferable skills through laboratory exercises and the use of software packages.
The taught part of the course comprises six course units of 15 credits each. This is assessed by written examinations, coursework and laboratory reports.
A strong feature of the course is the dissertation project, which constitutes 60 Credits. The project introduces students to cutting edge control theory and applications.
Typical course units include Control and Computer Laboratory, Linear Optimal Control, Intelligent Systems, Non-linear Controllers & Systems, Self-tuning and Adaptive Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Data Engineering, Fault Detection and Diagnosis, and Process Control Systems.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
In 2008 we celebrated the 40 th anniversary of our MSc course. In that time graduates of the course have achieved top ranking industrial and academic positions in their home countries, in the UK and around the world.
Graduates from the course are employed in a variety of industries, including process and petro-chemical industries, manufacturing, power generation and the automotive and aerospace sectors. Recently there has been a surge in demand for control engineers in the field of biomedicine. More generally feedback control and systems engineering skills play an important part in an ever widening range of high tech applications.
The MSc can also be used a spring board for postgraduate research. Approximately 50% of the current PhD students in the Control Systems Group are graduates from the MSc course.
This course has been developed in consultation with the nuclear engineering industry to provide advanced theoretical and practical knowledge to work with modern control and instrumentation technologies. This course offers an opportunity not only to specialise in nuclear engineering control, instrumentation and standards for operation and maintenance but also provides sufficient scope for students wishing to develop advanced skills in modern automation and in working with large industrial networks.
You may build valuable skills through a selection of option units and a project to gain advanced knowledge in sustainable energy systems and smart technologies for power system applications or in specialising in embedded systems as well as in applied digital signal processing for industrial applications. The course will also offer opportunities for those interested in combining engineering skills with management practice.
You will learn advanced concepts in the principles and operation of instrumentation for control, including control system architectures, communications, open systems security, hazard analysis, system reliability, safety and protection.
The course enables the appreciation of the practical aspects of control design and maintenance and offers hands-on experience in designing and developing solutions for control problem-solving using the IEC61131-3 standard. The course covers specialist and intelligent sensor systems, PLC-based control, Profibus and Profinet.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
-Research in the School of Engineering was rated 'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
-The main student intake is in September but it is also possible to begin studying in January.
-Many of our academic staff who teach worked in their industry sector and have well-established links and contacts, ensuring that our curriculum is relevant for future employment.
-Engineering facilities are excellent with a dedicated £4m heavy engineering workshop for research and teaching in surface engineering, materials and dynamics, and state-of-the-art kit including rapid prototyping machines and water jet cutters
Our engineering Masters programmes are designed to meet the needs of an industry which looks to employ postgraduates who can learn independently and apply critical thinking to real-world problems. Many of the staff who teach in the School also have experience of working in industry and have well-established links and contacts in their industry sector, ensuring your education and training is relevant to future employment.
Assessment is though a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.