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MSc / PG Dip Advanced Control Systems

Course Description

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.

Key benefits:

• 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

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/advanced-control-systems

Suitable for

This course is suitable for engineering graduates seeking employment in the automation and control sector, and, in part-time mode, for practising engineers from the control systems area who wish to extend and update their skills.

Programme details

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.

Module titles

• Automation and Robotics
• Instrumentation and Control
• Artificial Intelligence
• Flight Dynamics and Control
• Operations Techniques and Management
• MSc Project and Dissertation


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

Career potential

The course could lead to control and automation opportunities in manufacturing and engineering companies, plus careers in the aerospace sector. There are also opportunities to pursue further research within our CASE control and Intelligent Systems Research Centre.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip Advanced Control Systems page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Student Profiles

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International StudentsNew Scholarship and bursary scheme for September 2010 entrantsAt Salford we recognise the effort you’ve put in to starting your career and we want to support you to achieve your potential. We think that studying at a world class university together with other high-achievers will give you the best opportunity to attain the targets you set yourself.That’s why the University of Salford now has one of the largest scholarship and bursary schemes in the UK, with an estimated total value of £2 million. The awards are there to help you to get the education you deserve and to attract the best students to the University.The new scheme is open to all full time UG and PGT international students applying for entry in September 2010. It guarantees a discount of at least £1,000, but you could qualify for as much as £5,000.The new awards are:The International Undergraduate Bursary – worth up to £2,000 for first year undergraduates only.The International Postgraduate Bursary – worth up to £1,000The International Excellence Scholarship – worth up to £2,000The Vice Chancellors International Postgraduate Scholarship – worth up to £5,000

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £5,000


The new scheme is open to all full time UG and PGT international students applying for entry in September 2010. It guarantees a discount of at least £1,000, but you could qualify for as much as £5,000.

Application Procedure

We will automatically consider you for an award when you apply for a place at the University – there is no need to apply for an award separately – and there is no scholarship application fee.There are lots of other scholarships and bursaries available for specific courses or available from external organisations. To find out more about these please use our Scholarships Finder on our website.Our existing scholarships and bursaries will continue to apply until September 2010.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Typically a minimum of 2:2 honours degree with significant numerate content comparable to first degrees in engineering. Applications from practitioners without formal qualifications but with significant experience of the criminal justice system may also be considered via our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process. International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.0 band score or a score of TOEFL at 575 or above (232 computer based) with a TWE of 4.0 or above are proof of this.

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