Taught course

Industrial Communication and Automation

Manchester Metropolitan University · School of 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

January, September

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.

This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018. Please note that January starters will have a course duration of approximately 15 months.

Core units

  • Industrial Communication Systems
  • MSc Engineering Project

Option units

  • Embedded Systems and Systems on Chip
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Smart Technologies for Power Management
  • Advanced Control and Instrumentation
  • Computer Engineering and CPU Design
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Advanced Control and Instrumentation
  • Sensing and Imaging
  • Management Practice
  • Rail Infrastructure and Engineering Strategy
  • Manufacturing Systems Management

You will be assessed through a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.

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.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Engineering and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

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 £8,460. Part-time UK/EU £1,410 per 30 credit unit. MSc = 180 credits.
International students
Non-EU international £14,400.

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 http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6249