MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

We work with the biggest names in industry. Our courses are respected by employers all over the world.

The department offers a challenging, reputable course which is fantastic for aspiring controls and systems engineers. The structure of modules and the hands-on approach towards learning is a definite plus! Control engineering is versatile and can be applied to a variety of different applications. Systems engineering also involves working on a variety of applications, ranging from mechanical to chemical engineering. I plan to look for graduate roles which allow me to apply my classroom learning to industry.

Palak Lad, MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering

About the course

September 2018 entry

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.

ACSE postgraduate students

Core modules

  • Foundations of Control Systems
  • State-Space, Optimal Control and Nonlinear Systems
  • Signal Processing and Estimation
  • Embedded Systems and Rapid Control Prototyping
  • Managing Engineering Projects and Risk
  • Design Innovation Toolbox
  • Professional Responsibilities of the Engineer
  • Control Systems Project and Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

  • Intelligent and Vision Systems
  • Nonlinear and Hybrid Systems
  • Robotic and Autonomous Systems
  • Multisensor and Decision Systems

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.

Teaching and assessment

You can expect a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and individual assignments. All the lectures and tutorials are for our systems and control students only. This helps you to bond with your fellow students, so you can learn from each other.

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

Course duration

1 year full-time


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 grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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“Our MSc courses are strongly informed by our world leading research and through input from our numerous industry partners. Studying with us will give you a strong grounding in control and systems engineering and prepare your for an exciting career.”

Professor Daniel CocA, Head of the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: pgtacse@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5644

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