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Undergraduate Admissions Team
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5647
Email adacse@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/acse/undergraduates

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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

Course description

You'll design, create, integrate and manage computer systems for complex engineering applications. This course will help you understand how computer systems are used in safety-critical applications like infrastructure, medicine and aviation.

Your study will develop your understanding of the use of computers for design and programming within engineering systems and in other diverse applications. You'll study a range of topics in computer science, electronic engineering and control engineering.

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 + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including Maths and a science + B in AS or A Level Further Maths
International Baccalaureate 34, 6, 5 in Higher Level Maths and a science subject
BTEC DD in Engineering + A Level Maths grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2, including Maths and a science subject
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 C/4; 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:

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

Second year

Core modules:

Computer Problem Solving and Object Oriented Design
Control Systems Design and Analysis
Mathematics & Data Modelling
Mechatronics
Signals, Systems, and Communications
Systems Engineering and Object Oriented Programming
Engineering - You're Hired

Third year

Core modules:

Individual Project
Systems Design and Security
Digital Signal Processing
Finance and Law for Engineers
Intelligent Systems
State-Space Control Design

Optional modules:

Adaptive Intelligence
Aircraft Dynamics and Control
Biomechatronics
Computer Security and Forensics
Hardware-in-the-Loop & Rapid Control Prototyping
Machine Learning
Robotics
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.

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 33%
Independent study 67%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 55%
Coursework 32%
Practical 13%

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 graduates go on to become professional engineers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy. They have worked with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Thales. Our graduates can expect an above-average starting salary of £27,900 (DLHE, 2017).

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.

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

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

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Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5647
Email adacse@sheffield.ac.uk

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