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Year of Entry 2020/21
MSc

Automation Control and Robotics

Full-time Engineering

Develop your knowledge and understanding of classical and modern control theory, industrial automation, systems analysis, design and simulation as well as robotics.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,420 for the course
International: £13,905 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year / 16 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2020
January 2021

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Course summary

  • 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.
  • Work alongside research staff from the Power, Electrical and Control Engineering, and Electronic Engineering Subject Groups and the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) at Sheffield Hallam.

The MSc Automation, Control and Robotics course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop and enhance your advanced technical and problem solving skills in control engineering, industrial automation and robotics.


Graduate View
MSc Automation Control and Robotics Graduate Vikram

‘I'm really glad I chose to study the MSc- it gave me the knowledge I needed to secure a job in the industry. I would recommend this course as it provides a great introduction to automation and robotics, and you will get to know the latest technologies in the market.’

Vikram Bhavsar, MSc Automation Control and Robotics, 2018 graduate


How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Xu Xu talk about this course.

The course covers a wide range of important topics in automation, control and robotics: control systems, advanced control methods, industrial robotics, mobile robots, industrial automation, and artificial intelligence. You also have the opportunity to explore elective modules on topics of your interests and career desires.

You learn through:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • laboratory sessions
  • problem-based and practical activity-based sessions
  • group and individual project work
  • acting as mentors for new students

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

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Dr Leon Shpanin
Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering

Applied learning

Work placements

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for summer placements and internships  and are supported by the University’s Careers and Employability team on application writing, CVs and interviews.

Work-based learning

An MSc project and dissertation can provide an opportunity for industrially-commissioned or industrially-based work at a high level. It is also worth noting that MSc projects carried out by part time students are typically of significant importance to their companies and can raise a student's profile in the organisation.

Within the constraints of the maximum length of the course, it is also possible to extend the project for a full time student to work in an industrial or commercial setting (3 months is sometimes short for training and specialist skills acquisition to a Master's level concurrent with acclimatisation to the industrial setting).

If a full-time student finds employment with a company at the start of the project stage, they can transition to part-time status, thus allowing 1 year for project completion.

Student work
Students Callum Mulligan and Adam Carless worked with their tutor Nick Pickett to build this aircraft for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge in Snowdonia

Students Callum Mulligan and Adam Carless worked with their tutor Nick Pickett to build this aircraft for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge in Snowdonia



Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • automation and control
  • process and petrochemical
  • manufacturing
  • energy
  • automotive
  • aerospace

You can also pursue careers in engineering design and development, engineering research, engineering consultancy and engineering management.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Student Success Story

Vikram from India speaks about how studying MSc Automation, Control and Robotics led him to a job at Primetals Technologies in Sheffield.


Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • MATLAB
  • LabVIEW

 


Entry requirements

All students

Home and EU students

Normally one from

• an honours degree (2.2 or above) in a 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

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students

India

• a first class BE in a relevant discipline, or a good second class BE with a strong performance in mechanical and manufacturing subjects

China

• a four year Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, with an overall average of at least 80 per cent or equivalent

Other countries

• a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Control Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Applicable Artificial Intelligence Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Control Of Linear Systems Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Industrial Automation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Project And Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Robotics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Networks Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Digital Signal Processing Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Machine Vision Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Manufacturing Systems Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Microprocessor Engineering Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Operating Systems Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Project And Quality Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Software Engineering Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainability, Energy And Environmental Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Systems On Chip (Soc) Architectures And Prototyping Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £7,420 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,905 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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