Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code 0G31
Duration 5 years
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Related subjects Automatic Control and Systems Engineering Engineering Systems Engineering

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Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
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Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

No 1 in the UK for research output
Research Excellence Framework 2014

90% for student satisfaction
The National Student Survey 2019

Course description

Develop your skills in designing intelligent systems and using control systems. By taking this five-year MEng degree you'll be able to work in-depth on a project while studying modules on topics in advanced engineering. You'll also carry out a placement in industry, which will put your academic studies into context and improve your skills and employability.

During your degree, you'll explore fundamental and advanced concepts such as the mathematical modelling of physical systems; computer programming; computer-based analysis, design and simulation; and control design and machine learning, which is one of the key components of AI.

Modules are informed by our world-leading research and designed with input from our industry partners, so you'll have the best start for your career. You'll use industry-standard equipment and learn about state-of-the-art applications in robotics, industrial control and advanced manufacturing.

Our courses share a common first year. You'll get a foundation in a broad range of computer systems areas such as:
- embedded systems
- electric and electronic circuits
- systems engineering and software
- modelling, analysis and control
- mathematics

In the first year, you'll work with students from other engineering disciplines to solve a real-world problem. Your project will be judged by industrial engineers and graduates from our Faculty of Engineering.

In your second year, modules cover topics such as mathematics and data modelling, systems engineering and object-oriented programming, and you'll work on a project to design, develop and test a mechatronic system. There's a focus on developing your interdisciplinary engineering skills as well as project work.

In your third year, you'll take modules that cover intelligent systems, system identification and digital signals. Your fourth year will be spent on your industry placement. In your final year, you'll study advanced control. This will give you an insight into the techniques used in modern control engineering, both in industry and research. You can tailor your degree to suit your interests with a diverse range of optional modules in your third and final years.

The highlight of your final year is an individual project where you'll develop your expertise in a range of engineering techniques and other skills that maximise your employability such as project management and communication.

Other options for you
- You have the option to switch to the BEng at the end of your second year.
- You can choose to study a year abroad.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA, including Maths and a science subject
A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including Maths and a science subject + A in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including Maths and a science + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Maths
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science subject
BTEC DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA, including Maths and a science subject in both
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in Maths and a science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Physics is preferred as the science subject, but we also accept a range of science related subjects, including Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Electronics, Engineering, Technology and Further Maths
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Electric and Electronic Circuits
Introduction to Systems Engineering & Software
Modelling, Analysis and Control
Physical Systems
Systems Engineering Mathematics I
Digital and Embedded Systems
Group Control Project and Professional Skills
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Second year

Core modules:

Control Systems Design and Analysis
Signals, Systems, and Communications
Systems Engineering Mathematics II
Systems Engineering and Object Oriented Programming
Engineering - You're Hired

Optional modules:

Computer Problem Solving and Object Oriented Design
Electrical Energy Management and Conversion
Engineering Mechanics

Third year

Core modules:

Group Project
Digital Signal Processing
Finance and Law for Engineers
Hardware-in-the-Loop & Rapid Control Prototyping
Intelligent Systems
State-Space Control Design
System Identification

Optional modules:

Aircraft Dynamics and Control
Dynamics of Aerospace Structures and Machines
Machine Learning
Manufacturing Systems
Renewable Energy
Space Systems Engineering

Fourth year

Core modules:

Year in Industry

Fifth year

Core modules:

Advanced Project
Advanced Control
Optimal Control

Optional modules:

3D Computer Graphics
Additive Manufacturing - Principles and Applications
Advanced Energy and Power
Advanced Space Systems and Space Weather
Agent-based modelling and multi-agent systems
Automotive Powertrain
Computer Security and Forensics
Cybersecurity for control systems
Data Modelling and Machine Intelligence
Deep Learning
Machine Vision
Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Optimisation: Theory, algorithms and applications
Real-Time Embedded System
Testing and verification in safety-critical systems

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose. Your timetabled activities include lectures, laboratories and tutorials. You'll also be expected to spend time studying independently, as preparation for timetabled activities, follow-up work and revision. Assessments measure the extent to which you have satisfied the learning objectives for each module. The method of assessment will be appropriate to the objectives being assessed and are made up of exams, in-class tests, coursework and practical work.

Scheduled teaching 21%
Independent study 59%
Placement 20%

Exams/tests 38%
Coursework 47%
Practical 15%

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

The Diamond

We are the only department in the UK dedicated to Control and Systems Engineering.

We are home to the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre and have research contracts with major institutions like the European Space Agency, as well as our many academic and industrial partners. These connections mean our teaching is based on the latest thinking.

Our facilities include a robotics, real-time systems, and control and power systems laboratory, as well as a state-of-the-art electronics and control lab in the Diamond (pictured).

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering website

What our graduates do

Our courses prepare you for a career where you'll apply your creative problem-solving skills and your understanding of engineering principles to the real world, while working in multidisciplinary teams. These transferable skills can be applied in many sectors across the breadth of engineering and beyond.

During your degree you'll have plenty of opportunities to enhance your employability. You can choose to go on a placement in industry, either during the summer or as a year in industry. Or you could consider studying abroad, either for a full year, or as part of a summer school. 

We also have extracurricular projects where you can work with other engineering and science students to design and build rockets, submersible robots, autonomous payloads for satellites, rovers and more. You could also take part in a scheme for undergraduates where you work on research projects with academics over the summer period.

Graduates from all of our courses are highly employable and work all over the world for companies such as Arup, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Jaguar Land Rover, Thales and IBM. They go on to become professional engineers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy.

You can expect an above-average starting salary of £27,900 per annum (DLHE, 2017).

Student profile

"When I looked into other universities, I found there was nowhere else that had its own dedicated systems and control department. Sheffield is the only one in the UK...I really enjoy being an engineering student, because I get to find out how things work, how systems work and how things are put together...I used to enjoy it when I was really little, and now I get to go on and do it as my career."

Rachael Rix
Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Measurement and Control. Our MEng degrees meet all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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