MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months full-time
Entry requirements

We require a good Upper Second Class Honours degree or international equivalent in an electrical and electronic engineering discipline. Candidates from other engineering and scientific disciplines are encouraged to apply, provided they can demonstrate strength in mathematics and other suitable subjects such as dynamics, signals and systems or classical control.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average with particular emphasis on relevant course units and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

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Course options

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Course description

Control Engineering is a multi-disciplinary subject, with applications across a wide range of industrial sectors.  The Control Systems Group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester has been running an MSc course in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering since 1968.  The course is geared for graduates from a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines.

The aims of the course are to:

  • provide an advanced education in control and systems engineering, emphasising modern theoretical developments and their practical application
  • give a sound fundamental understanding of the principles underlying the operation of control systems
  • enable students to apply modern control principles in various areas of industry

Students acquire a range of intellectual skills that cover the design, analysis and simulation of control systems. A strong emphasis is placed on practical and transferable skills through laboratory exercises and the use of software packages.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2021 and December 2021. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact pgt-eee@manchester.ac.uk .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £25,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Contact name
Johnny Restall
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 44822
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/eee
School/Faculty

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a good Upper Second Class Honours degree or international equivalent in an electrical and electronic engineering discipline. Candidates from other engineering and scientific disciplines are encouraged to apply, provided they can demonstrate strength in mathematics and other suitable subjects such as dynamics, signals and systems or classical control.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average with particular emphasis on relevant course units and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

English language

You will need to be able to demonstrate competency in the English language and if do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a test such as:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-test below 6.0.
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall with no sub-test of less than 22
  • Pearson PTE score of 58 overall with no sub-test of less than 50

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Control Engineering is a multi-disciplinary subject, with applications across a wide range of industrial sectors.  The Control Systems Group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester has been running an MSc course in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering since 1968.  The course is geared for graduates from a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines.

The aims of the course are to:

  • provide an advanced education in control and systems engineering, emphasising modern theoretical developments and their practical application
  • give a sound fundamental understanding of the principles underlying the operation of control systems
  • enable students to apply modern control principles in various areas of industry

Students acquire a range of intellectual skills that cover the design, analysis and simulation of control systems. A strong emphasis is placed on practical and transferable skills through laboratory exercises and the use of software packages.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2021 and December 2021. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact pgt-eee@manchester.ac.uk .

Coursework and assessment

The taught part of the course comprises course units of 15 credits each.  This is assessed by written examinations, coursework and laboratory reports.

A strong feature of the course is the dissertation project, which constitutes 60 Credits.  The project introduces students to cutting edge control theory and applications.

Course unit details

Typical course units include Control and Computer Laboratory, Linear Optimal Control, Intelligent Systems, Non-linear Controllers & Systems, Self-tuning and Adaptive Systems, Manufacturing Automation, and Process Control Systems.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation EEEN60070 60 Mandatory
Control Fundamentals EEEN60108 15 Mandatory
State-Space and Multivariable Control EEEN60109 15 Mandatory
Digital Control & System Identification EEEN60110 15 Mandatory
Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Systems EEEN60111 15 Mandatory
Process Control & Model Predictive Control EEEN60112 15 Mandatory
Optimal & Robust Control EEEN60114 15 Mandatory
Robotics & Autonomous Systems EEEN60115 15 Mandatory
Applied Control EEEN60122 15 Mandatory

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

In 2018 we celebrated the 50 th anniversary of our MSc course.  In that time graduates of the course have achieved top ranking industrial and academic positions in their home countries, in the UK and around the world.

Graduates from the course are employed in a variety of industries, including process and petro-chemical industries, manufacturing, power generation and the automotive and aerospace sectors.  Recently there has been a surge in demand for control engineers in the field of biomedicine.  More generally feedback control and systems engineering skills play an important part in an ever widening range of high tech applications.

The MSc can also be used a spring board for postgraduate research.  Approximately 50% of the current PhD students in the Control Systems Group are graduates from the MSc course.