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IN BRIEF. Emphasis on feedback control, robotics, flight control and discrete event manufacturing control. Real opportunities for career progression in to the automation industry. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Emphasis on feedback control, robotics, flight control and discrete event manufacturing control
  • Real opportunities for career progression in to the automation industry
  • Programme designed using Engineering Council benchmarks
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

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.

COURSE DETAILS

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:

  • Access to continuous professional development
  • Careers advice and employment opportunities
  • Increased earning potential over the length of your career
  • International recognition of your qualifications, skills and experience
  • Evidence of your motivation, drive and commitment to the profession
  • Networking opportunities

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

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities.

ASSESSMENT

  • 35% examinations
  • 65% coursework (labs, reports, dissertation)

FACILITIES

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.

Flight Simulators

Merlin MP520-T Engineering Simulator    

  • This simulator is used to support engineering design modules, such as those involving aerodynamics and control systems by giving a more practical experience of aircraft design than a traditional theory and laboratory approach. As a student, you'll design and input your own aircraft parameters into the simulator before then assessing the flight characteristics.
  • The simulator is a fully-enclosed single seat capsule mounted on a moving 2-degree of freedom platform which incorporates cockpit controls, integrated main head-up display and two secondary instrumentation display panels.
  • An external instructor console also accompanies the simulator and is equipped with a comprehensive set of displays, override facilities and a two-way voice link to the pilot.

Elite Flight Training System    

  • The Elite is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator used for flight operations training and is certified by the CAA as a FNPT II-MCC Multi-Crew Cockpit training environment. It has two seats, each with a full set of instrumentation and controls, and European Visuals, so you see a projection of the terrain that you're flying through, based on real geographic models of general terrain and specific airports in Europe.

EMPLOYABILITY

A wide range of control and automation opportunities in manufacturing and engineering companies, opportunities in the aerospace sector.

FURTHER STUDY

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
  • Railway/Automotive Research
  • Computational Intelligence and Robotics
  • Biomedical Research
  • Energy and Electrical Engineering


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If you wish to embark on an exciting career in the area of control systems and engineering or are a practising engineer who wishes to update their skills then this is the course for you. Read more
If you wish to embark on an exciting career in the area of control systems and engineering or are a practising engineer who wishes to update their skills then this is the course for you.

This is a challenging course which covers all the major aspects of automatic control systems engineering.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course covers all the major aspects of automatic control systems engineering, with modules ranging from classical control system design to optimal, adaptive and intelligent control systems, including an introduction to artificial neural networks and evolutionary computing.

This Course has been awarded accreditations from the IET and InstMC.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

All students study Seven fundamental modules which serve to underpin the remainder of the course:
-Maths & Computing for Control
-Linear Control Engineering
-Digital Computer Control Systems
-Non-Linear Control engineering
-System Identification, Parameter Estimation & Filtering
-Self-Tuning and Adaptive Control
-Control Systems Engineering Project

The remaining Option Topics on the course are:
-Digital Computer Control Systems;
-Simulation of Systems
-Data Acquisition and Embedded Control
-Signal and Image Processing
-Artificial Intelligence for Control
-Single Independent Study

(Students are required to select from the modules above to complete a total of 30 credits.)

In addition, the masters project can be tailored to suit the interests of each individual, and have included in the past: Adaptive model based control of a hot steel rolling mill; Comparison of rule-based and model based control systems; Identification of diesel engine characteristics from operating records and Development of a fuzzy logic gas engine speed controller.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

On completion of this course you can expect to pursue a career in the area of control and systems engineering.

The course also provides the necessary groundwork for a career in research in academia or another such research organisation, including our own Control Theory and Applications Centre (CTAC) and Applied Mathematics Research Group (AMRC).

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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This course will introduce you to the major aspects of control theory and its application to the design of control systems, and you will develop your skills in use of the standard computer packages for control design. Read more

This course will introduce you to the major aspects of control theory and its application to the design of control systems, and you will develop your skills in use of the standard computer packages for control design.

In response to the growing demands of the chemical, oil, aerospace, aeronautical, power and defence industries, control theory has developed into a well established body of knowledge that many engineers need to acquire.

Additional areas of application include:

  • industrial automation
  • robotics
  • mechanical systems
  • biomedical control

Further information

For full information on this course, including how to apply, see: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/electrical-engineering/control-systems/

If you have any enquiries you can contact our team at:



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Control Engineering is a multi-disciplinary subject, with applications across a wide range of industrial sectors. The Control Systems Group in… Read more

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:

  • provide an advanced education in control and systems engineering, emphasising modern theoretical developments and their practical application
  • give a sound fundamental understanding of the principles underlying the operation of control systems
  • enable students to apply modern control principles in various areas of industry

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.

Coursework and assessment

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.

Course unit details

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.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

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.



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If you are a graduate in engineering or a related science subject who wishes to progress to a technical project management position, then this is the course for you. Read more

If you are a graduate in engineering or a related science subject who wishes to progress to a technical project management position, then this is the course for you. It has been developed in consultation with industry and is supported by our internationally renowned expert staff and the state of the art facilities based in our Centre for Precision Technologies.

Our modern facilities include an impressive range of professionally equipped laboratories for control, electrical, electronic and communications projects. There are also a computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool facility and metrology laboratory for aspiring engineers wishing to undertake projects related to manufacturing control. In addition, our computing laboratories are equipped with industry standard software for measurement and control and for computer aided engineering applications - all with high speed internet access.

With our support you will develop the practical skills and expert knowledge required to succeed in roles in technical design, development and project management in the areas of controls systems and instrumentation; improving your technical effectiveness and preparing you for roles in management.

Postgraduate Study Fairs

Come along to our Postgraduate Study Fair, Thursday 21st June, 10am – 2pm and discover all your postgraduate study and research options.

Our award-winning academic staff will be on hand to chat about all our postgraduate study and research options, flexible teaching and how postgraduate study can help you to advance your career or prepare for a career change.

To find out more and to book visit https://www.hud.ac.uk/open-days/postgraduate/



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The Master’s programme focuses on designing and using complex modern computer systems. As part of the programme, students cover such subjects as innovation and entrepreneurship, hardware systems design and modelling, computer architecture and programming, software project management and databases, to name but a few. Read more

The Master’s programme focuses on designing and using complex modern computer systems. As part of the programme, students cover such subjects as innovation and entrepreneurship, hardware systems design and modelling, computer architecture and programming, software project management and databases, to name but a few.

Students can choose between the following two specialisations:

  • Computer Systems Design – focusing on the modelling, analysing, designing and testing of complex systems consisting of both hardware and software components;
  • Automation and Systems Engineering – focusing on the modelling, analysing and designing of automation and computer control systems.

The Department of Computer Engineering received the IBM Faculty Award 2011 and has an excellent partnership with experts from the IBM Development Centre in Germany and the IBM research laboratory in Israel.

Key features

  • Individual approach to students
  • Students work closely with professors
  • Uses the latest software and hardware to develop practical skills
  • Close cooperation and networking with the IT industry
  • Develops the computing and IT management skills needed to be effective in the industry and in commerce straight away

Course outline

The Computer and Systems Engineering Master's programme focuses on the education of designing and using modern complex computer systems. Nowadays computer systems are used more or less everywhere, they are extremely diverse and most of them are "invisible" to users. Such systems include not only traditional PC-s and sophisticated supercomputers, but also computer systems "embedded" into cars and mobile phones, for instance. Most of these computers are interconnected via various wired and wireless networks and do not work in isolation. These embedded systems can be either stand-alone items or an integral part of a larger system and represent the combination of software and hardware designed to perform specific functions.

When studying the Computer and Engineering Systems programme, students are exposed to systems design and modelling, computer architectures and programming, to name few of the topics. Exposure to those topics will position students well for jobs at small, medium and large companies. Their jobs will involve defining, designing and using embedded computer system in areas such as automotive electronics, consumer devices, telecommunications, etc.

The Computer and Systems Engineering programme is supervised by two departments of TUT - Department of Computer Engineering (DCE) and Department of Computer Control (DCC). Students can choose between two of the following specialisations:

  • Computer Systems Design (supervised by DCE) focuses on the modelling, analysing, designing and testing of complex systems consisting of both hardware and software components;
  • Automation and Systems Engineering (supervised by DCC) focuses on the modelling, analysing and designing of automation and computer control systems.

Faculty

Faculty of Information Technology (founded in 1965) trains specialists in the main fields of information and communications technology (ICT) at bachelor, master and doctoral level. High-quality knowledge based teaching and training is based on international research and development activities, and tight cooperation with ICT industry.

There are more than 2100 students annually learning in the faculty, which employs 150 faculty members, lecturers, researchers and engineers.

Curriculum

Structure of curriculum

Future career options

Graduates find employment as specialists in the design, realisation, application and administration of computerised equipment and systems. Career opportunities are varied: computer and software companies; banks; diagnostic systems in manufacturing, service, medicine; "smart" houses and manufacturing systems; industrial automation; management control and monitoring systems in air, water and ground based transport, etc. Master’s degree holders interested in high-level research work and university staff positions have the opportunity to continue their studies in the PhD programme.

Career opportunities and potential jobs: designer of computer and automated control systems and the components thereof, project manager, software developer, department manager, management board member, and management board chairman.



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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. Read more
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.

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.

The course is delivered by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Find out from our staff and previous students about the benefits of studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle.

Delivery

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.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council, and therefore provides a good foundation for professional registration.

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Control systems are integral part of many modern technologies, and they will keep playing leading role in the Industry 4.0. Read more

Control systems are integral part of many modern technologies, and they will keep playing leading role in the Industry 4.0. Knowledge of contemporary control theory, modelling and optimisation of processes and systems, design of control systems, programming of controllers and other subjects, acquired during studies, enable performance of design and implementation of efficient and safe automated control systems, controlling complex process and facilitating everyday life, and remain competitive in labour market.

The Master+ model offers either to masterpiece in the chosen discipline by choosing the Field Expert track or to strengthen the interdisciplinary skills by choosing the Interdisciplinary Expert track emphasising managerial skills or a choice of a different competence to compliment the chosen discipline and achieve a competitive advantage in one’s career.

Why @KTU?

Internationally known research

KTU research in biotechnological processes, artificial intelligence and complex systems automatisation has been recognised as being internationally high value. Research leader – prof. habil. dr. Rimvydas Simutis.

Programme accredited by international experts

Study programme is accredited by international group of experts, providing a very high evaluation: 22 points of 24. Master+ module expands career paths.

Studies in modern international laboratories

Theory is accompanied by practicing in the labs which are equipped with the input of business partners: Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Thermo Fisher, Siemens, etc.

MA+

Master+ is a unique model within a chosen MSc programme

The Master+ model offers either to masterpiece in the chosen discipline by choosing the Field Expert track or to strengthen the interdisciplinary skills in addition to the main discipline by choosing the Interdisciplinary Expert track providing a choice of a different competence to compliment the chosen discipline and achieve a competitive advantage in one’s career.

Students of these study programmes can choose between the path of Field Expert and Interdisciplinary Expert. Selection is made in the academic information system. Each path (competence) consists of three subjects (18 credits) allocated as follows: 1 year 1 semester (autumn) – first subject (6 credits), 1 year 2 semester (spring) – second subject (6 credits), 2 year 3 semester – third subject (6 credits). A student, who chooses a path of the Field Expert, deepens knowledge and strengthens skills in the main field of studies. The one, who chooses a path of the Interdisciplinary Expert, acquires knowledge and skills in a different area or field of studies. Competence provides a choice of alternative additional subjects.

  • Field Expert (profound knowledge and skills in the area, required for solution of scientific research tasks);
  • Interdisciplinary Expert: 
  • (fields of different knowledge and skills are combined for solution of specific tasks);

Acquisition of the competence is certified by the issue of KTU certificate and entry in the appendix to the Master’s diploma. In addition, students can acquire an international certificate (details are provided next to each competence).

Competences are implemented by KTU lecturers – experts in their area – and high level business and public sector organizations; their employees deliver lectures, submit topics for the student’s theses, placement-oriented tasks for the projects, etc.

Career

Student’s competences:

– Control – modern, optimal, adaptive, intellectual control systems

– Mechatronics – signals, communications, robotics, mechatronic systems

– Environmental protection – management systems, clean production, renewable sources

– Solutions – chemical technologies, biotechnologies, food industry, energy systems

Student’s skills:

– Able to individually analyse and examine the problems of systems and technological process management

– Able to formulate and solve tasks of development of the algorithms for system modelling, optimisation and management



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Automation, control and robotics are pervasive enabling technologies found in almost every modern technical system, particularly in manufacturing and production. Read more

Automation, control and robotics are pervasive enabling technologies found in almost every modern technical system, particularly in manufacturing and production. They combine the diverse and rapidly expanding disciplines of automation, control, mechanics, software and signal processing.

This course is ideal if you wish to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of • classical and modern control theory • industrial automation • systems analysis • design and simulation • robotics.

You gain the ability to apply principles of modelling, classical and modern control concepts and controller design packages in various areas of industry. You also learn how to design and exploit automation and robotic systems in a range of manufacturing and industrial applications.

The course has six core modules which cover the major aspects of industrial automation and control systems engineering and robotics, ranging from classical linear control system design to non-linear, optimal and intelligent control systems, including distributed control systems, robotics, computer networks and artificial intelligence.

You also choose two optional modules relevant to automation and control to suit your interests. For example, if you wish to work in the manufacturing industry you can choose manufacturing systems or machine vision. There is the opportunity to study one or two management modules if you wish to apply yourself to a more managerial role.

To gain the masters you complete a major research-based project, which can be focused on an area of your particular interest or career need.

You work alongside staff from the Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering Group and the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) at Sheffield Hallam. This provides the opportunity to work with active researchers.

Professional recognition

This course is seeking accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer; graduates who have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the further learning requirement for CEng accreditation.

Course structure

Core modules

  • industrial automation
  • control of linear systems
  • advanced control methods
  • robotics
  • applicable artificial intelligence

Options

Choose two from

  • software engineering
  • computer networks
  • project and quality management
  • sustainability, energy and environmental management
  • machine vision
  • digital signals processing
  • manufacturing systems
  • mixed signal design
  • electrical energy systems
  • efficient machines and electromagnetic applications.

MSc

  • project and dissertation

Assessment

  • coursework
  • examination
  • presentation
  • MSc project report

Employability

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills for further advanced study in this area.

You can also apply your skills in an industrial setting for automated manufacturing, control system design, or in the wide range of industries that exploit intelligent robotics. Graduates from this course find career opportunities in areas including • automation and control • process and petrochemical • biomedical • manufacturing • energy • automotive • aerospace.

You can also pursue careers in engineering design and development, engineering research, engineering consultancy and engineering management.

Completing this course combined with further work-based experience enables you to gain Chartered Engineer status.



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About the course. This option will not only teach you about the fundamental and advanced concepts of modelling, simulation, control, optimisation and systems engineering, but also provides you with a range of management techniques, including. Read more

About the course

This option will not only teach you about the fundamental and advanced concepts of modelling, simulation, control, optimisation and systems engineering, but also provides you with a range of management techniques, including: project management, risk management, professional skills and effective management of innovative development.

Our world-leading research and our partnerships with industry give you an advantage in a competitive careers market. You’ll learn about the very latest developments in systems, control, computational intelligence and robotics – effectively preparing you for a future in engineering.

[Push yourself further]]

We have cutting edge facilities and technology, including: advanced control and systems software, modelling, simulation and controller design tools, robotics and a flexible manufacturing systems laboratory, evolutionary computing laboratory and clean facilities for the assembly of satellite instrumentation.

Make your mark

You could pursue a career with a large international organisation or government department. Our graduates work in sectors such as manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy, with companies including British Airways, Jaguar Land Rover, NASA, IBM, Rolls-Royce and Unilever.

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone with the skills to apply their knowledge in industry, anywhere in the world. Our MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Council UK, IET and InstMC. These marks of assurance mean our degrees meet the high standards set by the engineering profession.

A Sheffield masters is a strong foundation for a career in industry or research.

Industry links

We have strong links with industrial partners such as Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. Our industrial partners help us to design our courses, making sure you learn the right skills.

Rolls-Royce has a research and development centre here, using our expertise to explore today’s challenges. Our masters students often work side by side with researchers at these facilities.

A stimulating environment

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us No 1 in the UK for research output, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge, and No 3 for overall research excellence. Our world-class reputation attracts highly motivated staff and students.

You’ll be taught by staff who work on real-world projects, developing new ideas – for submarines, robots, Formula One and even space exploration. Their approach to teaching is just as innovative: ideas like the award-winning take-home lab kit and e-puck mobile robotics activities help you develop the problem-solving skills you need for a trailblazing career.

Core Modules

Foundations of Control Systems; State-Space, Optimal Control and Nonlinear Systems; Signal Processing and Estimation; Embedded Systems and Rapid Control Prototyping; Managing Engineering Projects and Risk; Design Innovation Toolbox; Professional Responsibilities of the Engineer; Control Systems Project and Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Advanced Industrial Control; Robotic and Autonomous Systems; Intelligent and Vision Systems; Multisensor and Decision Systems; Nonlinear and Hybrid Systems.

Teaching and Assessment

There are lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and individual assignments. You will be assessed on examinations, coursework assignments and a project dissertation.



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About the course. Our flagship course blends theory and practice, giving you a strong grounding for a career in industry or research. Read more

About the course

Our flagship course blends theory and practice, giving you a strong grounding for a career in industry or research. This continually evolving course has been running for over 40 years and is well supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The core modules provide you with the basic skills you’ll need to become a control and systems engineer. You’ll take advanced modules in current areas of interest and complete a research-level dissertation project.

Push yourself further

We have cutting edge facilities and technology, including: advanced control

and systems software, modelling, simulation and controller design tools, robotics and a flexible manufacturing systems laboratory, evolutionary computing laboratory and clean facilities for the assembly of satellite instrumentation.

Make your mark

You could pursue a career with a large international organisation or government department. Our graduates work in sectors such as manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy, with companies including British Airways, Jaguar Land Rover, NASA, IBM, Rolls-Royce and Unilever.

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone with the skills to apply their knowledge in industry, anywhere in the world. Our MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Council UK, IET and InstMC. These marks of assurance mean our degrees meet the high standards set by the engineering profession.

A Sheffield masters is a strong foundation for a career in industry or research.

Industry links

We have strong links with industrial partners such as Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. Our industrial partners help us to design our courses, making sure you learn the right skills.

Rolls-Royce has a research and development centre here, using our expertise to explore today’s challenges. Our masters students often work side by side with researchers at these facilities.

A stimulating environment

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us No 1 in the UK for research output, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge, and No 3 for overall research excellence. Our world-class reputation attracts highly motivated staff and students.

You’ll be taught by staff who work on real-world projects, developing new ideas – for submarines, robots, Formula One and even space exploration. Their approach to teaching is just as innovative: ideas like the award-winning take-home lab kit and e-puck mobile robotics activities help you develop the problem-solving skills you need for a trailblazing career.

Core modules

  • Foundations of Control Systems
  • State-Space, Optimal Control and Nonlinear Systems
  • Signal Processing and Estimation
  • Embedded Systems and Rapid Control Prototyping
  • Managing Engineering Projects and Risk
  • Design Innovation Toolbox
  • Professional Responsibilities of the Engineer
  • Control Systems Project and Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

  • Intelligent and Vision Systems
  • Nonlinear and Hybrid Systems
  • Robotic and Autonomous Systems
  • Multisensor and Decision Systems

Project work

You can use our award-winning take-home lab kits to explore core concepts at home. It supports our teaching, giving you the chance to learn by doing, when you want to, not just in classes. You’ll work on a major project of your own as part of your final assessment and there are chances to contribute to other projects throughout the course.

Teaching and assessment

You can expect a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and individual assignments. All the lectures and tutorials are for our systems and control students only. This helps you to bond with your fellow students, so you can learn from each other.

You're assessed via exams, coursework assignments and a project dissertation.



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This Systems and Control MSc degree aims to develop a sound understanding and knowledge of systems and control, and offers a wide choice of modules to suit your individual needs. Read more
This Systems and Control MSc degree aims to develop a sound understanding and knowledge of systems and control, and offers a wide choice of modules to suit your individual needs. You will learn the combined skills in your chosen area including artificial intelligence for control, image and signal processing, data acquisition and embedded control.

The European Systems and Control course option, requires students to study for modules in a partner EU institution.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Job satisfaction and remuneration prospects are excellent, with employer demand for those with a supply chain background outstripping the supply of suitably qualified applicants.

Enhance your qualifications and release your potential to improve yourself and move your organisation forward.

Classes are taught by academics with a long track record of working with industry and who bring in leading industry experts wherever that is possible.

This Course has been awarded accreditations from the IET and InstMC.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Topics: The course has the following six core taught modules:
-Maths and Computing for Control
-Linear Control Engineering
-Digital Computer Control Systems
-Artificial Intelligence for Control
-Control Systems Engineering Project

Option Topics: To complete the programme students should add a further 60 credits from below:
-Non-Linear Control engineering
-System Identification, Parameter Estimation and Filtering
-Self-Tuning and Adaptive Control
-Simulation of Systems
-Data Acquisition and Embedded Control
-Signal and Image Processing
-Single Independent Study

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Graduates may apply for membership of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Measurement and Control. Career opportunities range from project engineers, systems and control engineers, and computer systems integrators across a wide range of industrial sectors.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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About the course. This version of our flagship course includes a 12-month work placement. In the first year, you’ll take basic and advanced modules. Read more

About the course

This version of our flagship course includes a 12-month work placement. In the first year, you’ll take basic and advanced modules. In the second year, you’ll put your knowledge and skills to work.

We’ll give you training in research skills. You’ll carry out an extended research project with a dissertation. You’ll also write a report and give a presentation based on your work placement.

Push yourself further

We have cutting edge facilities and technology, including: advanced control

and systems software, modelling, simulation and controller design tools, robotics and a flexible manufacturing systems laboratory, evolutionary computing laboratory and clean facilities for the assembly of satellite instrumentation.

Make your mark

You could pursue a career with a large international organisation or government department. Our graduates work in sectors such as manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy, with companies including British Airways, Jaguar Land Rover, NASA, IBM, Rolls-Royce and Unilever.

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone with the skills to apply their knowledge in industry, anywhere in the world. Our MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Council UK, IET and InstMC. These marks of assurance mean our degrees meet the high standards set by the engineering profession.

A Sheffield masters is a strong foundation for a career in industry or research.

Industry links

We have strong links with industrial partners such as Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. Our industrial partners help us to design our courses, making sure you learn the right skills.

Rolls-Royce has a research and development centre here, using our expertise to explore today’s challenges. Our masters students often work side by side with researchers at these facilities.

A stimulating environment

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us No 1 in the UK for research output, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge, and No 3 for overall research excellence. Our world-class reputation attracts highly motivated staff and students.

You’ll be taught by staff who work on real-world projects, developing new ideas – for submarines, robots, Formula One and even space exploration. Their approach to teaching is just as innovative: ideas like the award-winning take-home lab kit and e-puck mobile robotics activities help you develop the problem-solving skills you need for a trailblazing career.

Core Modules

Foundations of Control Systems; State-Space, Optimal Control and Nonlinear Systems; Signal Processing and Estimation; Embedded Systems and Rapid Control Prototyping; Managing Engineering Projects and Risk; Design Innovation Toolbox; Professional Responsibilities of the Engineer; Control Systems Project and Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Advanced Industrial Control; Robotic and Autonomous Systems; Intelligent and Vision Systems; Multisensor and Decision Systems; Nonlinear and Hybrid Systems.

Teaching and Assessment

You can expect a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and individual assignments. All the lectures and tutorials are for our systems and control students only. This helps you to bond with your fellow students, so you can learn from each other. You’re assessed on exams, coursework assignments and a project dissertation.



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As the need and scope for robots in all aspects of society grows, so does the market for those trained in Control and Systems Engineering, especially those with a background in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Read more

As the need and scope for robots in all aspects of society grows, so does the market for those trained in Control and Systems Engineering, especially those with a background in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

The MSc in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems covers all major aspects of Control and Systems Engineering with an emphasis on system autonomy and intelligence. Autonomous systems is a fast changing area and has applications in a range of modern engineering disciplines including computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering and materials science engineering.

Push yourself further

Through lab work, you will get hands on experience of working with various types of autonomous and intelligent systems, and have the opportunity to build a system from scratch using the specialist labs in the University.

In your project dissertation, you will be able to pick an area you are passionate about and develop a solution to a real world problem in the area. You will be able to choose from a range of project ideas, including bionic systems, manufacturing lines, autonomous vehicles, or drones. You will get support from your project supervisor - an academic dedicated to helping you with your project - to complete your dissertation.

Make your mark

You could pursue a career with a large international organisation or government department. Our graduates work in sectors such as manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy, with companies including British Airways, Jaguar Land Rover, NASA, IBM, Rolls-Royce and Unilever.

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone with the skills to apply their knowledge in industry, anywhere in the world. Our MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Council UK, IET and InstMC. These marks of assurance mean our degrees meet the high standards set by the engineering profession

A Sheffield masters is a strong foundation for a career in industry or research.

Industry links

We have strong links with industrial partners such as Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. Our industrial partners help us to design our courses, making sure you learn the right skills.

Rolls-Royce has a research and development centre here, using our expertise to explore today’s challenges. Our masters students often work side by side with researchers at these facilities.

A stimulating environment

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us No 1 in the UK for research output, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge, and No 3 for overall research excellence. Our world-class reputation attracts highly motivated staff and students.

You’ll be taught by staff who work on real-world projects, developing new ideas – for submarines, robots, Formula One and even space exploration. Their approach to teaching is just as innovative: ideas like the award-winning take-home lab kit and e-puck mobile robotics activities help you develop the problem-solving skills you need for a trailblazing career.

Core modules

·        Multivariable Control Systems

·        Agent based modelling and multi-agent systems

·        Data modelling and machine learning

·        Intelligent and Vision Systems

·        Cybersecurity for Control Systems

Teaching and assessment

Our teaching uses lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and individual assignments. All of the lectures and tutorials are just for our systems and control students. This means you form a unique bond as a cohort of colleagues and friends, learning together and from each other. Assessment is by examination, lab assignments, coursework and project dissertation.

As well as conventional labs, we have portable equipment that you can use to explore core concepts away from the normal teaching environment. It supports our teaching, giving you the chance to learn by doing, when you want to, not just in classes.



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This course is designed in collaboration with transport industry partners to equip you to meet the needs of the rail and road industries. Read more

This course is designed in collaboration with transport industry partners to equip you to meet the needs of the rail and road industries. There is an increased demand for advancements in electrical, electronic, control and communication systems for transport, with a particular focus on themes like higher efficiency and sustainability, safety and driving assistance, position and traffic control for smart transport planning. 

Modern electrical, electronic, control and communication systems for intelligent transport require today engineers with a combination of skills and solutions from cross-disciplinary abilities spanning electrical, electronic, control and communications. In this context, the overall aim of this Conversion Masters is to provide you with an enriching learning experience, and to enhance your knowledge and skill-base in the area of modern road vehicle and rail transport systems design.

This conversion course is intended both for engineers in current practice and for fresh honours graduates to facilitate their professional development, mobility and employability.

This course aims to enhance your knowledge and skills in the area of intelligent and efficient transport systems design. You will develop advanced practical skills that will help you determine system requirements, select and deploy suitable design processes and use the latest specialist tool chains to test and/or prototype a device or algorithm. The programme will help you acquire the cross-disciplinary skills and abilities that today are vital to be able to implement effective solutions for modern electrical, electronic and communication systems applied to intelligent transport. The broad range of disciplines covered by the course will enable you to enter a career that requires a cross-disciplinary approach with a practical skillset. 

The subject areas covered within the course offer you an excellent launch pad which will enable you to enter into this ever expanding, fast growing and dominant area within the electrical engineering sector, and particularly in the area of intelligent and efficient transport systems. Furthermore, the course will provide the foundations required to re-focus existing knowledge and enter the world of multi-disciplined jobs.

Course structure

Core Modules

Career path

The course provides the foundations required to re-focus existing knowledge and enter the world of multi-disciplined jobs. Graduates can expect to find employment, for example, as Electrical systems design engineers; Control systems engineers, Transport systems engineers; Plant control engineers; Electronic systems design engineer; Communication systems design engineers; Sensor systems engineers; Computer systems engineer. Examples of typical industries of employment can be: Transport; Automobile; Aviation; Electrical systems; Electronic systems; Assembly line manufacturers; Robotics and home help; Toy; Communication systems; Logistics and distribution; Consumer industry; Life-style industry; Security and surveillance; Petro-chemical.



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