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MSc/PGDip Advanced Control Systems

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Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Control Systems (Production) Management Planning & Control Systems

Course type


Course Summary

Advanced robotics is progressing the capabilities of control systems. Enrich your engineering degree by developing a focused, integrated and critically aware understanding of control systems engineering theory, policy and practice with our MSc Advanced Control Systems postgraduate degree.

Designed to equip you with specialist knowledge, our course takes you on a practical exploration of control applications, including industrial control (SCADA), intelligent control, flight control and robotic control. Delivered by a research-led team with strong industry focus, you will have the opportunity to complete activities using robotics and engineering facilities.

You will:

  • Gain a critical awareness and understanding of current problems in control engineering
  • Learn how to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively
  • Make sound judgments in the absence of complete data


Teaching and learning is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities. Students benefit from the supply of a range of high-quality teaching materials and software. Interaction is face-to-face wherever practical, but we also use web-based learning support packages (databases of materials, discussion boards etc.) and there is a strong focus on guided self-learning.


Robotics and automation is a dynamic field, and a wide-range of opportunities are emerging in areas such as robotics design, control system integration and design, factory automation engineering management and research. Due to the rapid integration of new technologies, as a course graduate, you can expect to find employment across many industries.

As a course graduate, you may choose to apply your skills shaping control systems using computer aided design and development, modelling and simulation, and industry automation.

Students Can also exit with PGDip award.


In this module, you will be provided with a comprehensive understanding of current industrial control technology and practices, including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Distributed Control System (DCS) systems. Subjects include discrete event system control, programming PLCs, manipulator theory and manipulator practice.

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Entry requirements

Typically a minimum of 2:2 honours degree with significant numerate content comparable to first degrees in engineering. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Department profile

If global events have given you fresh career perspectives, postgraduate study can realise your ambitions. Whether you want to build on your undergraduate specialism, you're thinking about moving into academic research, or you're looking to take a new career direction altogether, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford has a suite of exciting postgraduate courses that can open doors to new...more

University information

The University of Salford is an ambitious and progressive institution in the Greater Manchester area. It offers a high-quality programme of postgraduate and research degree courses that furthers understanding in key areas of global research, and leads graduates into challenging and rewarding careers in science, healthcare, law, business, engineering, the built environment, media, music and the arts. Students will join a postgraduate community...more

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