MSc Automation Control and Robotics

Year of Entry 2025/26
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Automation Control and Robotics

Full-time Engineering

Develop and enhance advanced technical and problem-solving skills in control theory, industrial automation, systems analysis, design and simulation as well as robotics.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,620 for the course
    International/EU: £17,725 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025

Course summary

  • Learn the latest theories and applications of automation, control and robotics.
  • Explore leading-edge technologies, processes and systems. 
  • Enhance your professional skills through real-life projects.. 
  • Apply principles of modelling, control concepts and controller design packages. 

On this course you’ll learn how to design and exploit automation and robotic systems in a range of manufacturing and industrial applications. You’ll cover a wide range of core engineering subjects – including industrial automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and control systems – preparing you to apply them to any modern engineering industry.

Accredited by
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

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.

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.

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How you learn

Student success story
Roopesh from India speaks about his experience studying MSc Automation, Control and Robotics at Sheffield Hallam University.

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.

You’ll apply your knowledge and skills to real-world contexts – actively engaging in live projects, field trips, networking events and competitions. These experiences will enhance your employability, deepen your understanding of the engineering and management fields, and prepare you to thrive in a dynamic and competitive professional landscape.

Automation, control and robotics are subjects built on solid engineering principles, which you’ll actively engage and reflect on as you progress through the course. To support this, we’ll help you with your learning in a range of ways.

You learn through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials and seminars
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Problem-based sessions 
  • Practical activities
  • Group and individual project work
  • Mentoring new students

Key themes

The course covers a wide range of important topics in automation, control and robotics. These range from control systems, advanced control methods and industrial robotics to mobile robots, industrial automation and artificial intelligence. 

Course support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes: 

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-on-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Leon Shpanin
Dr Leon Shpanin
Senior Lecturer, Electronic and Electrical engineering.

Watch course leader Dr Xu Xu talk about this course.

Applied learning

Live projects

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in exciting live projects, applying your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios, design challenges and problem-solving tasks. 

Collaborating with industry partners, you’ll gain practical experience in managing projects, working in interdisciplinary teams and delivering innovative solutions. These live projects enable you to enhance your professional skills and your creativity – as well as developing a holistic understanding of the engineering and management field.

Networking opportunities

During the course you’ll have numerous opportunities to engage with career management, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, visits and professional advisers.  

Field trips

You’ll make regular visits to Hallam’s research centres to develop your research skills and find research project opportunities. We also look for opportunities to organise industrial field trips.


Our Department of Engineering and Mathematics runs a best-project competition among the MSc Automation Control and Robotics students. as an example FESTO price for a best student project. 

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: 

  • Computer vision 
  • Machine learning 
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Robotics
  • Automation engineering    

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for: 

  • General Electric
  • Applied Integration UK Ltd
  • Bilfinger UK
  • Nprime Ltd
  • Primetals Technologies
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

Equipment and facilities

You’ll learn through teaching in lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions using Hallam’s specialist facilities at the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research, as well as the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.

The virtual learning environment and industry-standard specialist software on this course includes: 

  • Matlab/Simulink 
  • LabView 
  • PLC Programming (Mitsubishi & Siemens) 
  • HMI & SCADA 
  • CIROS (Festo) 
  • Robot Programming

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

• 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'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Artificial Intelligence Concepts And Applications
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Control Systems & Industrial Automation
Credits 40
Assessment Exam(50%) , Practical(50%)
Machine Vision
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Project And Dissertation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Research Methodology And Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Robotics And Advanced Control Methods (Acm)
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2025/26 is £10,620 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/EU students starting full-time study in 2025/26 is £17,725 for the course.

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Additional course costs

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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.

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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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