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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. 

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    Core modules

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

    Optional modules

    Examples include:

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

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


    There are lectures, seminars, tutorials, individual assignments and a major research project. 


    You’ll be assessed via exams, coursework assignments 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.

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

    We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


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

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    +44 114 222 5644

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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