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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MSc duration: 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    19 October 2018

Instrumentation and control engineers are highly sought after in a range of industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemical engineering, manufacturing, research, transport and infrastructure.

Course details

This programme will help you develop your knowledge and skills in instrumentation, electronics and control engineering, and it will help you develop the ability to synthesise information from a variety of sources and make effective decisions on complex instrumentation and control engineering problems.

What you study

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

Examples of past MSc research projects:

  • effects of particle size on gas-solid flow measurement using dynamic electrostatic meters
  • an investigation of self-turning and predictive control with MATLAB
  • modelling and control of hot air blow rig PT326
  • wireless controlled car with data acquisition
  • BCD to 6-3-1-1 code converter design using VHDL
  • comparative evaluation of turning techniques for MPC
  • digital traffic signal controller design
  • proteus control board test site
  • design of temperature measurement system
  • control system design for stepping motor.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Digital Control and Implementation
  • Hydrocarbon Production Engineering
  • Identification and Model Predictive Control
  • Project Management and Enterprise
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Robust Control Systems
  • Signal Conditioning and Data Processing

MSc only

  • Major Project

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems. 

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.


An instrumentation and control engineer may be involved in designing, developing, installing, managing and maintaining equipment which is used to monitor and control engineering systems, machinery and processes. Graduates can expect to be employed in a wide range of sectors, including industries involved with oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemical engineering, manufacturing, research, transport and infrastructure.

Visit the Instrumentation and Control Engineering MSc/PGDip page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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