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International/EU: £17,205 for the course
Work Placement Route
For international students wishing to undertake a placement as part of this course, you must apply to MSc Automation Control and Robotics (Work Experience) route. Transferring to the work experience route later will not be possible due to visa restrictions.
- 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.
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.
‘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
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How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
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:
- laboratory sessions
- problem-based and practical activity-based sessions
- group and individual project work
- acting as mentors for new students
This course is delivered face-to-face over three semesters - teaching is scheduled based on the length of your course and the academic calendar.
Course leaders and tutors
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.
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.
Students Callum Mulligan and Adam Carless worked with their tutor Nick Pickett to build this aircraft for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge in Snowdonia
This course prepares you for a career in
- automation and control
- process and petrochemical
You can also pursue careers in engineering design and development, engineering research, engineering consultancy and engineering management.
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
• a first class BE in a relevant discipline, or a good second class BE with a strong performance in mechanical and manufacturing subjects
• a four year Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, with an overall average of at least 80 per cent or equivalent
• 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.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
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.
|Module: Advanced Control Methods||Credits: 15||
|Module: Applicable Artificial Intelligence||Credits: 15||
|Module: Control Of Linear Systems||Credits: 15||
|Module: Industrial Automation||Credits: 15||
|Module: Project And Dissertation||Credits: 60||
|Module: Robotics||Credits: 15||
|Module: Digital Signal Processing||Credits: 15||
|Module: Machine Vision||Credits: 15||
|Module: Manufacturing Systems||Credits: 15||
|Module: Modern Electric Systems||Credits: 15||
|Module: Project And Quality Management||Credits: 15||
|Module: Sustainability, Energy And Environmental Management||Credits: 15||
|Module: Systems On Chip (S.O.C.) Architectures And Prototyping||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 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.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.
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Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
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