About us

The Department

This Department was established in 1968, in response to the growing importance of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering to all branches of industry world-wide.

We have since grown to become the largest Control and Systems Engineering Department in Europe, with over 130 academic staff, research assistants and research students and over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate degree students. Our growth has been due both to the increasing demand for education in the area and the effects of rapid changes in computing technology.

We provide a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses; and research degrees that offer a variety of opportunities for postgraduate training in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and associated topics.

What is Control and Systems Engineering?

Systems and Control Engineering is of great importance in almost every aspect of our lives. Modern industry, cities, homes and appliance depend on crucial systems that have to operate independently to achieve a specified purpose, both accurately and safely.

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"A complex connection of electromechanical components and computer systems each of which is simple in its own right but which together, have the 'intelligence' to achieve a complex objective with minimal human intervention."

From smartphones and cars, to medical and defence systems, to aerospace and the manufacturing line, to exploring the depths of the sea or the surface of planets, Control and Systems Engineering is needed to ensure that robots, turbines, engines and other systems work correctly. The list of applications is endless.

At the very heart of Control and Systems Engineering there are a number of disciplines from creating algorithms to building systems to creating robots, drawing from all areas of engineering. This makes Control and Systems Engineers some of the most employable engineers in the world.

What will you be doing?

Given its widespread use in all sectors of industry, you will benefit from studying a wide range of modules when you study with us. At Sheffield you will gain an understanding of principles from computing, electronics, mechanical engineering and control, supported by relevant aspects of other topics such as aeronautics, biomechanics and techniques for the analysis, and design of complex systems and data. The precise mix of topics will depend on your degree choice and the specialisation selected.

You will be in great demand

Systems engineering has a widespread impact on many industries, so career opportunities are excellent. System modelling, design, and analysis skills can also be applied in many disciplines outside engineering, for instance weather forecasting, economic system modelling, financial forecasting, and the analysis of geological and medical data. This means that our graduates are highly employable.

There are still too few systems engineers to meet the demands of employers, so graduates are in demand in a buoyant careers market.

Take a look at some of our former students and see where they have gone to after completing their studies with us.

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Cuauhtemoc Anda

PhD in Machine Learning & Intelligent Transport Systems, Future Cities Lab, Singapore.

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Adibah Mohamed

Engineer at Shell Petroleum, Brunei

Karthikeyan Parthy

Karthikeyan Parthy

Controls Engineer at Opensosft Systems, UK