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The MSc Automation, Control and Robotics course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop and enhance your advanced technical and problem solving skills in control engineering, industrial automation and robotics.

  • Gain the ability to apply principles of modelling, classical and modern control concepts and controller design packages.
  • Learn how to design and exploit automation and robotic systems in a range of manufacturing and industrial applications.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements.
  • Work alongside research staff from the Power, Electrical and Control Engineering, and Electronic Engineering Subject Groups and the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) at Sheffield Hallam.

‘I'm really glad I chose to study the MSc- it gave me the knowledge I needed to secure a job in the industry. I would recommend this course as it provides a great introduction to automation and robotics, and you will get to know the latest technologies in the market.’ 

Vikram Bhavsar, MSc Automation Control and Robotics, 2018 graduate

How you learn

The course covers a wide range of important topics in automation, control and robotics: control systems, advanced control methods, industrial robotics, mobile robots, industrial automation, and artificial intelligence. You also have the opportunity to explore elective modules on topics of your interests and career desires.

You learn through:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • laboratory sessions
  • problem-based and practical activity-based sessions
  • group and individual project work
  • acting as mentors for new students

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Applied learning

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for summer placements and internships and are supported by the University’s Careers and Employability team on application writing, CVs and interviews.

An MSc project and dissertation can provide an opportunity for industrially-commissioned or industrially-based work at a high level. It is also worth noting that MSc projects carried out by part time students are typically of significant importance to their companies and can raise a student's profile in the organisation.

Within the constraints of the maximum length of the course, it is also possible to extend the project for a full time student to work in an industrial or commercial setting (3 months is sometimes short for training and specialist skills acquisition to a Master's level concurrent with acclimatisation to the industrial setting).

If a full-time student finds employment with a company at the start of the project stage, they can transition to part-time status, thus allowing 1 year for project completion.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • automation and control
  • process and petrochemical
  • manufacturing
  • energy
  • automotive
  • aerospace

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


Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 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.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

City Campus map

Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with:

  • LabVIEW


Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Control Methods - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Applicable Artificial Intelligence - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Control Of Linear Systems - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Industrial Automation - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Project And Dissertation - 60 credits - Coursework 
  • Robotics - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 

Elective modules:

  • Computer Networks - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Digital Signal Processing - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Machine Vision - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Manufacturing Systems - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Microprocessor Engineering - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Operating Systems - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Project And Quality Management - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Software Engineering - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Sustainability, Energy And Environmental Management - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Systems On Chip (Soc) Architectures And Prototyping - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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Visit the Automation, Control and Robotics (MSc) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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