MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering (with Industry)

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.

“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

Course description

September 2018 start

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.

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
  • Advanced Industrial Control
  • 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 on exams, coursework assignments and a project dissertation.

Course duration

2 years full-time


Entry requirements

You'll be an engineering, mathematics or science honours graduate with a first-class degree from a recognised institution. To thrive in this degree you’ll 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 grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.

Entry requirements for international students

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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.