MSc Advanced Control & Systems Engineering

Our masters is research-led and strongly informed by our world leading research and through input from our many industrial partners. By studying with us you will not only get a solid grounding in systems and control engineering that will prepare you for your chosen career, but you will learn about the latest developments and future of your chosen specialisation.

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The MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering is research-led by our world
leading researchers and through input from our many industrial partners.

MSc Key Facts

Duration: 12 months

Entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Alternatively you might be an experienced professional, thinking about updating your knowledge of the subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (6 in each competency)

Accreditation: IET and InstMC.

Application procedure: See How to apply

Fees: See Fees & Funding

Email: pgtacse@shef.ac.uk

Festo KitWhile studying with us, you will learn about fundamental and advanced concepts of modelling, simulation, control, optimisation and systems engineering. There is a strong focus on the generality of these concepts ensuring that you will be equally prepared for careers in a variety of sectors.

You will learn in labs, lectures and workshops throughout your MSc, taking part in a variety of assessments to give you a full range of skills which you will be able to take forward into your future career. As part of your final assessment you will take part in a group project which will allow you to work with your peers so you a learn together and from each other.

The MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering is a flexible and multidisciplinary degree programme. You may decide to add a little extra to your time with us with the MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering with Industry Placement or the MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering with Industrial Management.

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Who should take this course?

The MSc is aimed at engineering, mathematics and numerate science graduates with a minimum 2.1 (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university or be an experienced professional who can demonstrate a corresponding background.

Students who study on the MSc Advanced Systems and Control Engineering are passionate about the use of control system infrastructures that will transform the way we live. They are problem solvers and innovators, people who are not afraid to look at real life challenges and find viable solutions. They also have the ambition to become a research or industrial leader.

Students have the ambition to either pursue a research or industrial career in this area. Students will learn about fundamental and advanced concepts of modelling, simulation, control, optimisation and systems engineering. There is a strong focus on the generality of these concepts ensuring that you will be equally prepared for careers in a variety of disciplines that rely on control and systems engineering.

Our students specialise in specific areas of Systems Engineering, focusing on problems within industry the researching and applying their knowledge to formulate alternatives. Our students work on projects as part of their coursework in an area they feel passionate about. This also allows them to bring their former experiences into their current learning.

We can assure you that by the end of the degree you will graduate with the best possible preparation for careers in engineering, research and many other disciplines.

Please note: You will need to have excellent mathematical notation and basic computer programming skills to thrive on this course.

What will you learn?

You will begin your studies with an introduction to the foundations of control systems where you will have lectures and laboratory sessions on the following:

  • Introductory Maths and MATLAB
  • Systems Modelling and Simulation
  • Control Systems Analysis and Design
  • Digital Control Systems

In the first semester, you will also learn about state-space, non-linear and optimal control as well as signal processing and estimation - the fundamentals of advanced systems and control engineering.

In the spring semester, you will have the opportunity to pick from a range of specialist modules. Students will begin working on their Control Systems Project and Dissertation in this semester.

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How we teach.

Our teaching uses lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and individual assignments. All of the lectures and tutorials are just for our systems and control students. This means you form a unique bond as a cohort of colleagues and friends, learning together and from each other. Assessment is by examination, lab assignments, coursework and project dissertation.

As well as conventional labs, we have portable equipment that you can use to explore core concepts away from the normal teaching environment. It supports our teaching, giving you the chance to learn by doing, when you want to, not just in classes.

You will receive training in research skills and will undertake a major project of your own - allowing you to specialise even further. This will form part of your final assessment. There will also be opportunities to contribute to other projects throughout the course.

Career opportunities.

You could pursue a career with a large international organisation. Our graduates work in a variety of Engineering fields, such as manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy, with companies including British Airways, IBM, Rolls-Royce and Unilever. Some go on to work in a wide range of other sectors, such as Science and Commerce.

Alternatively you could pursue a career in research. This could be at the University of Sheffield, or another University or organisation.

You can find more information about all of the postgraduate scholarships and bursaries we have available here.

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