Automation, control and robotics are pervasive enabling technologies found in almost every modern technical system, particularly in manufacturing and production. They combine the diverse and rapidly expanding disciplines of automation, control, mechanics, software and signal processing.
- Develop your knowledge and understanding of classical and modern control theory, industrial automation, systems analysis, design and simulation as well as robotics.
- Gain the ability to apply principles of modelling, classical and modern control concepts and controller design packages.
- Learn how to design and exploit automation and robotic systems in a range of manufacturing and industrial applications in state-of-the-art facilities such as the first SAP-Industry 4.0 lab in the UK and the Festo process control equipment using Siemens PLC.
- Work alongside research staff from the Power, Electrical and Control Engineering, and Electronic Engineering subject groups and the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research.
The course has five core modules which cover the major aspects of industrial automation, control systems engineering, artificial intelligence and robotics, ranging from classical linear control system design to non-linear, optimal and intelligent control systems, including distributed control systems and robotics.
You also choose three optional modules relevant to automation, control and robotics to suit your interests. For example, if you wish to work in the manufacturing industry you can choose manufacturing systems. There is also the opportunity to study one or two management modules if you wish to apply yourself to a more managerial role.
This course prepares you for a career in the following engineering industries
- automation and control
- process and petrochemical
Normally one from
- an honours degree (2.2 or above) in a relevant science or engineering subject,
- suitable professional qualifications in an engineering field
- a degree in any discipline containing aspects relevant to automation and control engineering, plus at least one year of appropriate industrial experience
- a diploma in a technological area, with at least three years of relevant experience
If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent.
You can find out more about the country-specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Compulsory modules may include
- Advanced Control Methods
- Applicable Artificial Intelligence
- Control of Linear Systems
- Industrial Automation
- Project and Dissertation
Examples of modules you may be able to choose from:
- Digital Signal Processing
- Electrical Energy Systems
- Machine Vision
- Manufacturing Systems
- Microprocessor Engineering
- Mixed-Signal Design
- Modern Electric Systems
- Project and Quality Management
- Software Engineering
- Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Management
- Systems On Chip (Soc) Architectures and Prototyping
Duration and fees
- Start date: September and January
- Duration: 12 - 16 months full-time, 3 years part-time
- EU students 2019/20 academic year £7,200
- International students 2019/20 academic year £13,500
- Deadline: request info