Taught course

Industrial Communication and Automation

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

A second-class UK Honours degree in engineering or science, or EU/international equivalent, or equivalent professional qualification, or unclassified degree or HND in engineering or science with relevant professional experience is usually required. Other equivalents will be considered on merit. International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Industrial Communication and Automation route has been developed with the intention of enabling students who aspire to get a formal Masters degree to develop their skills in this sought after area and attain PROFIBUS certification. Industrial networks are transforming the way we design plants and factories, automate machines and produce goods. This highly regarded, specialist course covers the key components in industrial networking, communication protocols and advanced automation. Incorporating expertise in the School gained from close industry collaboration, you will study technologies relevant to communications for production and industry. You will learn how machines are networked, how data is managed and how systems operate; as well as how to make industrial processes more energy efficient and optimised for peak productivity and performance. You will also undertake a research project.

Accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology is being sought for this course.

Core units

  • Industrial Automation and Communication
  • Masters Research Project

Option units

  • Power, Renewables and Sustainability
  • Sensing and Imaging
  • Energy Distribution and Management
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Digital Signal Processing

We offer industry-standard facilities combined with unparalleled commercial collaboration: our Automation Systems Centre hosts the Competence Centre for PROFIBUS International in the UK (www.profibus.com). An estimated 1,400 worldwide member companies and organisations recognise the additional qualifications that can be gained along with our main MSc. These are: Certified PROFIBUS Engineer; Certified PROFINET Engineer; Certified PLCopen Engineer and Certified AS-I Engineer.

Career prospects
You will be able to apply your advanced systems and industrial IT skills to a range of industries, including the power, petrochemical and water industries. Graduates from this course may enter a wide variety of engineering and automation careers, for example: a ‘chip’ engineer; a software engineer or a project engineer. Graduates will also be well placed to pursue further study such as a PhD or an Engineering doctorate. This course is certified by EUR-ACE® European quality label.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time UK/EU £6,930. Part-time UK/EU £1,155 per 30 credit unit. MSc = 180 credits.
International students
Non-EU international £13,300.

This MSc programme is eligible for a PEP fee scholarship for September 2014 entry. For more information, visit http://www.sci-eng.mmu.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-courses/pep/

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6249