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Course content

The MSc Industrial Communication and Automation course has been developed with the intention of enabling students who aspire to get a formal Masters degree to develop their skills in this sought after area and attain PROFIBUS certification.

Industrial networks are transforming the way we design plants and factories, automate machines and produce goods. This highly regarded, specialist course covers the key components in industrial networking, communication protocols and advanced automation. Incorporating expertise in the School gained from close industry collaboration, you will study technologies relevant to communications for production and industry. You will learn how machines are networked, how data is managed and how systems operate; as well as how to make industrial processes more energy efficient and optimised for peak productivity and performance. You will also undertake a research project.

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.

Features and benefits of the course

-Gain industry recognised qualifications and be a certified PROFIBUS engineer; certified PROFINET engineer; certified PLCopen engineer; certified AS-I engineer. These qualifications are recognised worldwide in the automation industry giving you an extra edge in the UK or the global job market.

-Close industry collaboration: the School of Engineering's Automation Systems Centre hosts the Competence Centre for PROFIBUS International in the UK.

-Excellent laboratory facilities with the latest commercial software and engineering tools.

-You will gain knowledge and skills that are highly sought by employers as the course incorporates latest commercial software and engineering tools.

-Research in the School of Engineering was rated 'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework (2014).

-The main student intake is in September but it is also possible to begin studying in January.

About the Course

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 details

You will be assessed through a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.


Visit the Industrial Communication and Automation - MSc page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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