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MSc Automation, Control and Robotics

Course Description

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.

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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-automation-control-and-robotics

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

Full time – 12 to 18 months.
Part time – 3 years.
Start dates September and January.

Core modules
-Industrial automation
-Control of linear systems
-Advanced control methods
-Computer networks
-Applicable artificial intelligence

Choose two from:
-Software engineering
-Project and quality management
-Sustainability, energy and environmental management
-Machine vision
-Digital signals processing
-Manufacturing systems

-Project and dissertation

Assessment: coursework, examination, presentation, MSc project report.

Other admission requirements

International students
India: a first class BE in a relevant discipline, or a good second class BE with a strong performance in mechanical and manufacturing subjects.

China: a four year Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, with an overall average of at least 80 per cent or equivalent.

Other countries: a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally one from: an honours degree (2.2 or above) in a science or engineering subject; suitable professional qualifications in an engineering field; a degree in any discipline containing aspects relevant to automation and control engineering , plus at least one year of appropriate industrial experience; a diploma in a technological area, with at least three years of relevant experience. See course description for further admission details.

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