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Advanced Control and Systems Engineering (with Industrial Management)

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

This course blends theory, practice and research with a range of industrial management techniques.
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Course description

This version of our flagship course combines engineering with management practice, giving you a strong grounding for a career in industry. Core modules introduce advanced control techniques used in modern engineering across research and industrial applications. We have a strong focus on the generality of these concepts ensuring that you will be equally prepared for careers in a variety of sectors.

You'll also learn a range of management techniques, including: project management, risk management, professional skills and effective management of innovative development.

As well as our core modules, you’ll be able to choose from advanced modules in current areas of interest. You’ll work on a research-level dissertation project of your own. This will allow you to explore an industrially-relevant control problem, and give you a chance to hone your project management skills while conducting an in-depth piece of research.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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The first semester focuses on developing your core skills and knowledge of control and systems alongside management and business training. In the second semester you take more advanced automation modules and take part in an industrial training programme in advanced manufacturing. You’ll also put your engineering knowledge and skills into practice, applying them to a specific problem that interests you, as part of your project and dissertation.


You’ll be taught via a mix of lectures, tutorials, computer and engineering laboratories, fieldwork and independent study.


You’ll be assessed by coursework, laboratory reports, examinations, classroom tests, group projects and a project dissertation.


1 year full-time

Your career

Our courses are informed by our strong links with industry and our research. Graduates of this course go on to work as professional engineers in different sectors, including advanced manufacturing, software engineering, robotics and controls and automation systems engineering. Some graduates choose to follow up their studies with a research degree.

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When I was researching where to study, I learned that the University of Sheffield’s Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering has an excellent reputation for research and links with industry, so it was an easy choice for me.

Roisin Clear
MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.