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Advanced Control and Systems Engineering

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Our flagship course has been running for over 40 years and is supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). You'll gain a solid grounding in systems and control engineering while learning about the latest developments in your chosen specialisation.
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Course description

Our flagship course blends theory and practice, giving you a strong grounding for a career in industry or research. This continually evolving course has been running for over 40 years and is well supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The core modules provide you with the basic skills you’ll need to become a control and systems engineer. You’ll take advanced modules in current areas of interest and complete a research-level dissertation project.

Project work

You can use our award-winning take-home lab kits to explore core concepts at home. It supports our teaching, giving you the chance to learn by doing, when you want to, not just in classes. You’ll work on a major project of your own as part of your final assessment and there are chances to contribute to other projects throughout the course.

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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


You can expect a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and individual assignments.


You’re assessed via exams, coursework assignments and a project dissertation.


1 year full-time

Two postgraduate ACSE students with equipment

The department offers a challenging, reputable course which is fantastic for aspiring control and systems engineers. The structure of modules and the hands-on approach towards learning is a definite plus! I plan to look for graduate roles which allow me to apply my classroom learning to industry.

Palak Lad
MSc(Eng) Advanced Control and Systems Engineering

Entry requirements

You’ll be an engineering, mathematics or science honours graduate with a 2:1 degree from a recognised institution. Or you may be an experienced professional, thinking about updating your knowledge of the subject. You’ll need to have excellent mathematical notation and basic computer programming skills.

English language requirements

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

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.