2020 start

Advanced Control and Systems Engineering (with Industry)

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

With basic and advanced modules, a 12-month work placement and training in research skills, this course gives you a strong grounding in control and systems engineering. It prepares you for a career in industry or research.
Two postgraduate ACSE students with equipment

Course description

This version of our flagship course includes a 12-month work placement. In the first year, you’ll take basic and advanced modules. In the second year, you’ll put your knowledge and skills to work.

We’ll give you training in research skills. You’ll carry out an extended research project with a dissertation. You’ll also write a report and give a presentation based on your work placement.

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Accredited by the Engineering Council UK, Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Measurement and Control


Core modules

  • Foundations of Control Systems
  • Optimisation and Signal Processing
  • Advanced Control
  • Industrial Automation
  • Modern Control and System Identification
  • Control Systems Project and Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Intelligent and Vision Systems
  • Industrial training programme (ITP) in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity for Control Systems
  • Multisensor and Decision Systems


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Individual assignments


  • Exams
  • Coursework assignments
  • Project dissertation


2 years full-time

Entry requirements

You’ll be an engineering, mathematics or science honours graduate with a 2: 1 degree. You’ll also need to have excellent mathematical notation and basic computer programming skills.

You’ll need to provide a statement about your proposed work placement addressing the following questions:

  1. Tell us about the industry you want to work in.
  2. How does control and systems engineering relate to this industry?
  3. What do you hope to contribute, as a placement student, to this industry or company?

You may also have a telephone or Skype interview with the admissions tutor.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Entry requirements for international students


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.