Systems and Control Engineering

Systems and Control Engineering lies at the heart of engineering and is applicable across a range of sectors. Our Undergraduate Degrees in Systems and Control Engineering give you the skills and knowledge to be successful in this area, as well as giving you a multidisciplinary
understanding of systems.

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Whether you're developing the flight control system for the latest aircraft, controlling the pitch of a wind turbine or researching the future of driverless cars, you will need to understand the basics of Systems and Control Engineering in order to put the theory into practice. Engineering relies on systems and control to maximise efficiency, performance and safety whilst minimising cost.

While studying on one of our Systems and Control Engineering degrees, you will learn about the fundamental and advanced concepts of systems modelling, simulation and control. By the end of the course, you will have mastered how to apply these to solve various
engineering system performance analysis and control problems.

You will work on a variety of projects to form an understanding of the processes involved in creating systems and apply your knowledge to solve problems posed to you. There are options for you to take a Year in Industry or take the Engineering Management branch of study which will give you a cutting edge in your career.

This degree will suit someone looking to specialise in advanced systems and control concepts. Our students are proactive and creative in their approaches to solving engineering problems.

Key Facts

Entry requirements: AAB/BEng
Other entry requirements

Duration: 3 - 4 years

Tuition Fees: £9,250 (UK/EU)
Other Fees

Key modules:

Introduction to Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering Mathematics

Physical Systems

Modelling and Analysis

Digital and Embedded Systems

Electrical and Electronic Systems

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Undergraduate Prospectus 2019
Systems Engineering with a Foundation Year MEng UCAS: H659 | 5 years
Systems Engineering with a Foundation Year BEng UCAS: H653 | 4 years
Systems and Control Engineering MEng UCAS: H660 | 4 years
Systems and Control Engineering BEng UCAS: H690 | 3 years
Systems and Control Engineering (Engineering Management) MEng UCAS: H1NF | 4 years
Systems and Control Engineering (Engineering Management) BEng UCAS: HN62 | 3 years
Systems and Control Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng UCAS: 0G31 | 5 years
Systems and Control Engineering with a Year in Industry BEng UCAS: 8L16 | 4 Years

What will you learn?

Whether you study the BEng or MEng, our course will give you a firm understanding of the principles of systems and control engineering.

Learn how to design, analyse and test transforming robots, autonomous vehicles, and other complex electro-mechanical systems. We'll also show you how to control robotic systems using modern microprocessor technology.

You can also explore advanced concepts including manufacturing systems, noise and vibration control, spacecraft systems and robot technology.

In the First Year of study, you will learn the very basics of Systems and Control Engineering along with other ACSE First Year students. You will be introduced to a number of specialist programmes to complete tasks and assignments, such as building and programming a Beacon Robot.

In the Second Year, you will have the opportunity to choose from a Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Electronic and Electrical Engineering module. Systems and Control Engineering (Engineering Management) students will study the Management Themes and Perspectives module as part of the Management aspect of their course.

Third year students will be able to specialise their degree by choosing modules in:

  • Biomechatronics
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Robotics

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

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How do we teach?

The award winning Diamond building opened in September 2015. Our students have access the state-of-the-art control lab. We have reviewed our undergraduate module provision to ensure that the development of professional and laboratory skills sits at the heart of our teaching.

Getting hands-on laboratory experience is essential to both your student experience and your career as an engineer. You will use the control lab to develop a range of practical skills and us our PC suite to enhance your knowledge on a range of specialist programmes.

Modules, regardless of year or course, will be taught via a range of lectures, tutorials and lab classes. Students will be taught by specialists in their specific fields, and will be able to contact them throughout term time either in drop-in sessions or via email.

Both the BEng and MEng Systems and Control Engineering courses are accredited by the IET and InstMC.

Career opportunities.

Our graduates are in high demand and earn substantial salaries, starting from (on average) £26,900. The most recent statistics show that 95 per cent of our graduates are in graduate-level employment or further study six months after graduation.

Qualified systems and control engineers make a genuine difference in the world. The scope for System Engineers is incredible. Our students go on to work in a variety of industries, from health sciences to space instrumentation, from manufacturing to building energy grids. They build robots and autonomous systems that allow cities, companies and services to run. They can even help to predict climate change, financial trends or reserves of raw materials.

Throughout your studies, you will be able to make the most out of the careers support the Department and the University offer, from attending the ACSE Careers day to being able to drop into the Job Shop. We work with a range of employers to make sure that you get the most out of your studies and provide you with real-life scenarios for project work.

There are also opportunities for you to take part in extra-curricular projects within the Engineering Faculty and wider University. Our students have taken part in a range of projects, conferences and competitions while studying with us. You can read more about some of these projects below:

SunbYte    ROV MATE    TAROS Conference