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MSc Automation, Control and Robotics

Study a course that develops your knowledge and understanding of classical and modern control theory, industrial automation, systems analysis, design and simulation as well as robotics. It gives you the opportunity to work alongside research staff from the Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering Group and the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) at Sheffield Hallam. Optional modules also enable you to tailor the course to your interests and career needs.

Course length 12-36 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

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.

This course is ideal if you wish to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of • classical and modern control theory • industrial automation • systems analysis • design and simulation • robotics.

You gain the ability to apply principles of modelling, classical and modern control concepts and controller design packages in various areas of industry. You also learn how to design and exploit automation and robotic systems in a range of manufacturing and industrial applications.

The course has six core modules which cover the major aspects of industrial automation and control systems engineering and robotics, ranging from classical linear control system design to non-linear, optimal and intelligent control systems, including distributed control systems, robotics, computer networks and artificial intelligence.

You also choose two optional modules relevant to automation and control to suit your interests. For example, if you wish to work in the manufacturing industry you can choose manufacturing systems or machine vision. There is the opportunity to study one or two management modules if you wish to apply yourself to a more managerial role.

To gain the masters you complete a major research-based project, which can be focused on an area of your particular interest or career need.

You work alongside staff from the Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering Group and the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) at Sheffield Hallam. This provides the opportunity to work with active researchers.

Professional recognition

This course is seeking accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer; graduates who have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the further learning requirement for CEng accreditation.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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 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

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 or 18 months

Full time – January start – typically 12 or 18 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Part time – January start – typically 36 months

Typical modules may include

Core modules

• industrial automation • control of linear systems • advanced control methods • robotics • applicable artificial intelligence


Choose two from • software engineering • computer networks • project and quality management • sustainability, energy and environmental management • machine vision • digital signals processing • manufacturing systems • mixed signal design • electrical energy systems • efficient machines and electromagnetic applications.


• project and dissertation

  • coursework
  • examination
  • presentation
  • MSc project report


This course provides you with the knowledge and skills for further advanced study in this area.

You can also apply your skills in an industrial setting for automated manufacturing, control system design, or in the wide range of industries that exploit intelligent robotics. Graduates from this course find career opportunities in areas including • automation and control • process and petrochemical • biomedical • manufacturing • energy • automotive • aerospace.

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

Completing this course combined with further work-based experience enables you to gain Chartered Engineer status.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

Part-time study should be calculated pro rata.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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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