Taught course

Advanced Control and Systems Engineering with Industry

University of Sheffield · Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Entry requirements

You’ll be an engineering, mathematics or science honours graduate with a 1st or upper second class degree from a recognised institution. To thrive in this degree you’ll need to have excellent mathematical notation and basic computer programming skills. You’ll need to provide a statement about your proposed work placement addressing the following questions: Tell us about the industry you want to work in. How does control and systems engineering relate to this industry? What do you hope to contribute, as a placement student, to this industry or company? You may also have a telephone or Skype interview with the admissions tutor.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This version of our flagship course includes a 12-month work placement. In the first year, you’ll take basic and advanced modules. In the second year, you’ll put your knowledge and skills to work.

We’ll give you training in research skills. You’ll carry out an extended research project with a dissertation. You’ll also write a report and give a presentation based on your work placement.

Give yourself an edge

Our world-leading research and our partnerships with industry give you an advantage in a competitive careers market. You’ll learn about the very latest developments in systems, control, computational intelligence and robotics – effectively preparing you for a future in engineering.

Push yourself further

We have cutting edge facilities and technology, including: advanced control
and systems software, modelling, simulation and controller design tools, robotics and a flexible manufacturing systems laboratory, evolutionary computing laboratory and clean facilities for the assembly of satellite instrumentation.

Make your mark

You could pursue a career with a large international organisation or government department. Our graduates work in sectors such as manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy, with companies including British Airways, Jaguar Land Rover, NASA, IBM, Rolls-Royce and Unilever.

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone with the skills to apply their knowledge in industry, anywhere in the world. Our MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Council UK, IET and InstMC. These marks of assurance mean our degrees meet the high standards set by the engineering profession.

A Sheffield masters is a strong foundation for a career in industry or research.

Industry links

We have strong links with industrial partners such as Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. Our industrial partners help us to design our courses, making sure you learn the right skills.

Rolls-Royce has a research and development centre here, using our expertise to explore today’s challenges. Our masters students often work side by side with researchers at these facilities.

A stimulating environment

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us No 1 in the UK for research output, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge, and No 3 for overall research excellence. Our world-class reputation attracts highly motivated staff and students.

You’ll be taught by staff who work on real-world projects, developing new ideas – for submarines, robots, Formula One and even space exploration. Their approach to teaching is just as innovative: ideas like the award-winning take-home lab kit and e-puck mobile robotics activities help you develop the problem-solving skills you need for a trailblazing career.

Core modules

Foundations of Control Systems; State-Space, Optimal Control and Nonlinear Systems; Signal Processing and Estimation; Embedded Systems and Rapid Control Prototyping; Advanced Industrial Control; Control Systems Project and Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Intelligent and Vision Systems; Nonlinear and Hybrid Systems; Robotic and Autonomous Systems; Multisensor and Decision Systems.

Project work

You can use our award-winning take-home lab kits to explore core concepts at home. It supports our teaching, giving you the chance to learn by doing, when you want to, not just in classes. You’ll work on a major project of your own as part of your final assessment and there are chances to contribute to other projects throughout the course.

Teaching and assessment

You can expect a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and individual assignments. All the lectures and tutorials are for our systems and control students only. This helps you to bond with your fellow students, so you can learn from each other. You’re assessed on exams, coursework assignments and a project dissertation.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.5 with 6.5 in each component.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 5644