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Control and Systems Engineering

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

This specialist masters provides an excellent introduction to research methods while you benefit from lectures and lab work to consolidate your knowledge in the discipline.
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Course description

During your MRes, you’ll pursue a research topic of your choice alongside learning in taught modules. You’ll specialise in an area of Control and Systems Engineering that you are passionate about.

There are a wide range of research areas for you to study. Working with your project leader, you’ll learn vital research techniques that will help you to succeed in a career in research, such as collating data, report writing and presentation skills.

Research is an exciting career path which will open the door to working in R&D jobs or in academia. Our academics work on a range of research in their specific areas, often working alongside top industry professionals and research leaders across the globe.

You’ll also attend lectures to develop an advanced understanding of Control and Systems Engineering, which you’ll apply to your year long project. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering students during your studies.

Alongside your year-long research project you’ll also take modules to ensure you develop an understanding of modern control theory and practice. 

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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    Core modules

    • Optimisation and Signal Processing
    • Modern Control and System Identification
    • Control Research Project

    Optional modules

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

    • Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Systems
    • Multisensor and Decision Systems
    • Intelligent and Vision Systems
    • Cybersecurity for Control Systems
    • Advanced Control


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


    You’ll be assessed via 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. This MRes is an ideal preparation for students aiming to move onto a PhD and research career, either in academia or in industry.

    Entry requirements

    First class honours degree (or equivalent).

    Alternatively, you might be an experienced professional, thinking about updating your knowledge of the subject.

    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.