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Intelligent Systems and Control Engineering MEng

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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Course description

Develop your skills in designing intelligent systems and using control systems. By taking this four-year MEng degree you'll be able to work in-depth on a project while studying modules on topics in advanced engineering.

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. 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. In both years, you can tailor your degree to suit your interests with a diverse range of optional modules.

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.
  • You can also switch onto the Year in Industry version of this degree.

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

Modules

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 directly.

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Title: Intelligent Systems and Control Engineering MEng course structure
UCAS code: H660
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Introduction to Electric and Electronic Circuits

This module introduces the concepts and analytical tools for predicting the behaviour of combinations of passive circuit elements, resistance, capacitance and inductance driven by ideal voltage and/or current sources which may be ac or dc sources. The ideas involved are important not only from the point of view of modelling real electronic circuits but also because many complicated processes in biology, medicine and mechanical engineering are themselves modelled by electric circuits. The passive ideas are extended to active electronic components; diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers and the circuits in which these devices are used. Transformers, magnetics and dc motors are also covered.

20 credits
Introduction to Systems Engineering & Software

Engineering applications are typically complex, so students also need to acquire proficiency in analytical problem solving and the ability to apply a systems engineering approach, as a systematic methodology to design and implementation. A group project will develop an understanding of the type of problem solving and systems engineering needed for the design and build of a computer-controlled system. Students will improve skills incommunication, team working and reflective practices as a result of the group project. Engineering applications in manufacturing, aerospace, robotics, energy, finance, healthcare and a host of other areas are predominately computer based or computer controlled.

20 credits
Modelling, Analysis and Control

This module will introduce principles of modelling of simple continuous dynamical systems. This module also introduces analysis of linear models. It includes a detailed analysis of the dynamical behaviour of 1st and 2nd order systems linking behaviour to physical parameters, e.g. Rise time, settling time, overshoot, steady-state. Damping and damping ratio and resonance. Frequency response is also discussed. We will introduce control and feedback as a topic by providing examples of open-loop and closedloop control, and undertake detailed analysis of linear models with a focus on 1st and 2nd order systems. Students are introduced to simple practical feedback mechanisms, including PID controllers and performance criteria.

20 credits
Physical Systems

This module will introduce students to the modelling and analysis of dynamic systems. Students will learn about the different types of physical systems based on real-world case-studies. This 20-credit year-long module is to be delivered over two semesters. In the autumn semester mechanical and electrical-mechanical systems will be introduced. In the second semester the mechanical theme will continue with rotational systems, and then introduce thermodynamic systems as well as flow systems. Students will gain an appreciation of the physics laws governing a variety of physical systems, the impact and interaction of various system components, as well as systematic methods for modelling and analysing such systems.

20 credits
Systems Engineering Mathematics I

This module contains the core mathematical competencies required by students for a systems engineering programme. This covers basic algebra and functions, elementary calculus (differentiation and integration), solution of low order differential equations, Taylor series and iterative methods, matrix algebra and simultaneous equations, vectors and complex numbers. The content is delivered within a systems engineering context. Student learning is encouraged by regular formative assessment and supportive resources.

20 credits
Digital and Embedded Systems

This module is intended to equip students with the core knowledge of ‘how hardware works’ in digital systems and introduce the concept of embedded systems using examples/case studies. The module covers introduction to embedded systems, number systems, boolean algebra, logic gates, logic expressions, combinational logic, A/D and D/A converters, computer systems and architectures. The content is delivered as a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions that provide students with a fundamental understanding of embedded systems and their applications.

10 credits
Group Control Project and Professional Skills

This module is intended to bring together core content from various Y1 modules in a substantial group design project. The group project involves controlling a mobile robot to navigate to a destination safely and smoothly. This robot is provided as a take-home kit for students to work on this project in their own time. This module also covers important skills needed in the workplace, such as project management and teamwork, as well as other crucial employability skills.

10 credits
Global Engineering Challenge Week

The Faculty-wide Global Engineering Challenge Week is a compulsory part of the first-year programme, and the project has been designed to develop student academic, transferable and employability skills as well as widen their horizons as global citizens. Working in multi-disciplinary groups of six, for a full week, all students in the Faculty choose from a number of projects arranged under a range of themes including Water, ICT, Waste Management and Energy with scenarios set in a developing country. Some projects are based on the Engineers Without Borders Challenge* and other projects have been suggested by an academic at the University of Makerere in Uganda (who is involved in developing solutions using IT systems for health, agriculture and resource problems in developing countries). Students are assessed on a number of aspects of being a professional engineer both by Faculty alumni and a number of local industrial engineers.*The EWB Challenge is a design program coordinated internationally by Engineers Without Borders Australia and delivered in Australian, New Zealand, British and Irish universities. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects. By participating in the EWB Challenge students are presented with a fantastic opportunity to design creative solutions to problems identified by real EWB projects. Each year, the EWB Challenge design brief is based on a set of sustainable development projects identified by EWB with its community-based partner organisations. http://www.ewb-uk.org/ewbchallenge


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

Learning

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical labs and tutorials and independent study. By the end of your first year you'll have learnt the full range of core foundations for control and systems engineering, as well as broader engineering skills. Our teaching is based on a systematic and structured approach to support your learning.

Laboratory and professional skills are strongly integrated within the taught modules, and you'll undertake your laboratory work in our award-winning Diamond building, using the latest equipment and technologies.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

Our academics are world leaders in their field. The teaching you will receive is based on the latest thinking and we regularly introduce new modules in response to current developments in research and demands in the careers market.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of exams and tests, coursework and practical work. The proportions for each will vary depending on the modules you choose.

Programme specification

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAA
including Maths and a science subject

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB
including Maths and a science subject

A Levels + additional qualifications | AAB, including Maths and a science + A in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including Maths and a science + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Maths ABB, including Maths and a Science subject + B in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate | 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science subject 34, with 6, 5, in Higher Level Maths and a science

BTEC | DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths DD in Engineering or Applied Science + B in A Level Maths

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAAAB + AA, including Maths and a science in both AAABB + AB, including Maths and a science subject in both

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA in Maths and a science B + AA in Maths and a science subject

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, including 45 at Level with 39 credits at Distinctions to include Mathematics and Science or Engineering units, and 6 credits at Merit. Applicants are considered individually. 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, including 45 at Level with 36 credits at Distinctions to include Mathematics and Science or Engineering units, and 9 credits at Merit. Applicants are considered individually

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English language requirements

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

Visa and immigration requirements

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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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.

Facilities

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.

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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The University of Sheffield

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Research Excellence Framework 2014

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Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

No 1 in the UK for research output

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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Graduate careers

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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).

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