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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

This specialist, four-year BEng will develop your engineering skills across key areas of mechatronics and robotics, including mechanical design, electronics, computing and control. You'll also carry out an industrial placement to enhance your employability.

The course is designed with input from our industry partners and our equipment is industry-standard, so you'll be given the best start for your career after university.

Our courses share a common first year. You'll get a foundation in a broad range of mechatronic and robotic areas such as mathematics, computing, control, electronics and embedded systems. In the first year, you'll learn how to control robotic systems and you will work as part of a team to design, analyse and test robots, autonomous vehicles and other complex electro-mechanical systems.

In your second year, modules cover advanced control theory, programming (C++), mechanical design and other engineering skills. You'll then apply your skills to a practical project, where you'll design a system using 3D CAD tools. You'll then build the system in our iForge makerspace. This innovative facility gives you access to 3D printers, laser cutters and more.

Your third year will be spent on your industry placement. This will put your academic study into context, as you gain work experience and improve your employability prospects.

In your final year, you'll take specialist modules that cover robotics and artificial intelligence (machine learning), and you can tailor your degree to suit your interests with a choice of optional modules.

The highlight of your final year is an individual project. You'll develop your expertise in a range of engineering techniques and skills such as project management and communication.

Other options for you:
- Subject to achieving a satisfactory performance you can transfer from the BEng to the MEng degree at the end of the second year.
- You can choose not to undertake a year in industry.

Mechatronics module
All of our students take our second-year module on mechatronics. Here the module leader Dr Dana Damian talks about why she enjoys working on the module, and the skills that students develop through the module.

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 AAB, including Maths and a science subject
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, including Maths and a Science subject + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 34, 6, 5 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 AAABB + AB, including Maths and a science subject in both
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + 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.

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

Third year

Core modules:

Year in Industry

Fourth year

Core modules:

Individual Project
Digital Signal Processing
Finance and Law for Engineers
Machine Learning
State-Space Control Design

Optional modules:

Aircraft Dynamics and Control
Dynamics of Aerospace Structures and Machines
Hardware-in-the-Loop & Rapid Control Prototyping
Intelligent Systems
Manufacturing Systems
Renewable Energy
Space Systems Engineering
System Identification

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.

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

"I really like the Mechatronics module and the Systems Engineering one, because both of these modules allow us to engage in really massive projects...I believe it's one thing to have the technical knowledge, but a different thing to be able to apply it in an efficient and correct way...these modules acted as a simulation of the real world."

All our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Measurement and Control.

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