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MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering with Extended Research

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
2 Years 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 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.

To progress to the second year of this course, we usually require performance at Distinction level. Students who do not meet the criteria for progression to the second year will instead graduate with the one-year Advanced Control & Systems Engineering MSc or an alternative appropriate qualification.

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 overview

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Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits .

As an alternative to our on-campus open day events, we're running a postgraduate virtual open week with popular open day talks and subject information sessions, from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July 2020.

The Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering will provide a subject specific overview of our MSc courses at The University of Manchester. Events offered by the Department of EEE will take place on 2nd July 2020 at 11am GMT. Register your interest in our Virtual Open Week .

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 year 1, £5,250 year 2
    International students (per annum): £25,000 year 1, £12,500 year 2

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
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 .

Courses in related subject areas

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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 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.

To progress to the second year of this course, we usually require performance at Distinction level. Students who do not meet the criteria for progression to the second year will instead graduate with the one-year Advanced Control & Systems Engineering MSc or an alternative appropriate qualification.

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 you do not already possess a recognised English language qualification will need a test such as:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-test of less than 6.0
  • TOEFL IBT score of 90 overall with no sub-test of less than 22 (please note that we do not accept 'My Best' score reports)
  • 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

Advice to applicants

Please note that we can only assess complete applications. Complete applications must include all of the applicable items from the following list:

  • Official Bachelor degree transcripts, including official translations and original language copies if study not undertaken in English. 2+2 and 3+1 applicants must provide official transcripts and certificates from both institutions.
  • Final Degree Certificate, or Study Certificate confirming dates duration and level if degree not yet complete.
  • One supporting reference letter, signed by hand and on headed paper.
  • Current IELTS certificate if available (please note that conditional offers can be made without proof of English ability).
  • If studying in the UK from overseas, a copy of your BRP card and an enrolment letter accurately confirming dates duration level and location of UK studies.
  • If still studying, please provide an official list of all the modules you are taking in your final year.
  • Applicants studying in China are required to provide an official document confirming average percentage grade.
  • A CV is compulsory for applicants who have been out of education for three or more years.

Please note that failure to provide these documents may lead to your application being declined. We will only contact you once to request any missing documents, and failure to provide them by the deadlines given in our email will result in your application being unsuccessful.

Course details

Course description

Control Engineering is a multidisciplinary subject, with applications across a wide range of industrial sectors. The Control Systems Group in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester has been running an MSc course in Advanced Control & 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 application 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.

Prior to your Summer break a preliminary study and outline of your MSc dissertation project is completed, which is fully developed throughout the second year of your course. The year-long enhanced individual research provides great opportunities to develop advanced research skills and to explore in depth some of the topics discussed during the course. This includes training in research methods, and advanced simulation and experimental techniques in advanced control and systems engineering, as well as academic paper writing and poster and paper presentations.

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.

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
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
Extended Dissertation Project EEEN60770 120 Mandatory

Scholarships and bursaries

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is offering a number of scholarships to both UK and oversees students. For more information about these scholarships please visit our Subject-specific scholarships page or the Fees and Funding page on the Department website for more information on other scholarships and awards available.

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 50th 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 and control systems skills play an important part in an ever-widening range of high tech applications.

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