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Control Engineering MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECT058

Study options:

1 year full-time
1-2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
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Overview

Is your undergrad degree in engineering, maths or science? An MSc in Control Engineering will bring you to a precious career in almost every engineering field from automotive, aircraft industry, power and energy, automation, process industry including oil and gas, food and drink, pharmaceutical industry and many others.

Control engineering is a means of managing and measuring performance of process systems in areas from power plants and nuclear reactors to construction companies and manufacturing. The principles of control also extend in activities as diverse as managing risk in the financial sector to studying climate change within science.

Fully accredited by both the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), this course is one of three specialist pathways within the field of control systems engineering, which feature significant mathematics and computing content and are therefore designed for graduates in engineering or science. If you wish to embark on a career as a technical specialist in analytical aspects of control engineering or if you are a practising engineer looking to stay abreast of important advances and developments, you may want to consider this course. 

Our faculty is actively involved in research and consultancy with industry, which ensures your taught material is based on techniques and technologies, and there are opportunities to gain experience gained from these close relationships. Our portfolio of projects includes: collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover in low carbon emission and hybrid vehicles; optimisation and control applied to radiotherapy treatment with the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust; control for NOx emission reduction with Ricardo UK; power systems monitoring with ABB; and mechatronics hardware development with National Instruments. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)


Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

What our students say...

“I commenced the MSc in Control Engineering at Coventry University after 12 years in industry at Jaguar Cars. I found the course very relevant and practical in helping to analyse real problems faced in automotive control system design. The course maintained a good balance between theory and practical assignments; it provided a better understanding of electronic control systems and factors, which can influence their performance. These are essential factors in driving for product excellence. I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.”

Ian Smith, MSc Control Engineering, graduated in 1999, now Senior Manager (Advanced Electronic/Electrical Systems Engineering) for Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry.

Course information

Modern day control engineering has grown with the advancement of technology, used within the energy, pharmaceutical, utilities, manufacturing, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and chemical engineering industries

This course aims to develop your knowledge in adaptive model based control to maximise efficiency, performance and safety, which is underpinned by robust system identification and testing using mathematical modelling of inputs, outputs and various behaviours. 

Course content is guided by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which sets out the competence and commitment required for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Within the context of a changing technological environment and the resulting challenges, such as increasing reliance on automation in industry and electrification of vehicle and system automation, you will cover aspects of automatic control systems, from classical control system design to optimal, adaptive and intelligent control systems. 

Depending on your interests, you can also use optional module choices to explore areas such as artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing or rapid control prototyping by choosing from a range of optional modules.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • System Identification, Parameter Estimation and Filtering
    • Mathematics and Computing for Control 
    • Linear Control Engineering  
    •  

      Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • Artificial Intelligence 
    • Simulation of Systems
  • Semester 2

    • Digital Computer Control Systems 
    • Non-Linear Control Engineering
    • Self-tuning and Adaptive Control
    •  

      Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • Data Acquisition and Embedded Control
    • Image and Signal Processing 

  • Semester 3

    • Control Systems Engineering project

In more detail...

  • Industry-standard project management techniques.
  • Access to commercial engineering software, such as MATLAB/Simulink and LabVIEW.
  • Programme of guest speakers, which in recent years has included internal and external speakers from industry and other universities.
  • Opportunity to apply for a placement or internship with companies for the project dissertation or during the summer term.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ of 88% overall, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), providing eligibility to apply for corporate membership and Chartered Engineer (CEng) status on completion.
  • Access to facilities in our High-Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Partnerships with companies such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Converteam, GE Power Conversion, TRW, Goodridge and Rolls Royce.

Our main study themes are:

  • Maths and Computing for Control: An introduction to the mathematical concepts and computing tools which underpin the theory, design and analysis aspects of control engineering. This incorporates hands-on using control simulation software MATLAB/Simulink and Maple.

  • Linear and Digital Control Engineering: We cover the underlying control system design methods, which support aspects of Control Engineering. We will then examine control principles and application specific to the automation and control industry with emphasis being placed on microcomputer control techniques. 

  • Non-Linear Control engineering: We will cover the basic concepts of bilinear and non-linear control systems, with attention being focused on typical nonlinearities found in practice and the desirable and undesirable properties of non-linear elements in a control system, including self-adaptive properties and stability considerations. There are opportunities to explore analysis and design methods including: describing functions, phase plane techniques, indirect and direct methods of Lyapunov, Circle and Popov frequency domain methods. 

  • System Identification, Parameter Estimation and Filtering: The mathematical theory of discrete dynamical systems, both deterministic and stochastic, should be used as the basis for the design of estimation techniques for digital controllers. A thorough treatment of identification of systems and adaptive control principles will be needed to discuss the design of high performance controllers, such as self-tuning controllers, which adapt to parametric changes. You will make use of real-time data taken from a range of industrial systems in laboratory sessions to reinforce aspects of the overall design exercise.

  • Self-Tuning and Adaptive Control: We aim to provide a foundation of knowledge and experience implementing control system design, including optimal and adaptive techniques. Identified models of real process plant are used to assess the performances and suitability of a range of controllers.

This course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. For full-time students, over the period of one year, tuition is conducted with taught classes for the first two semesters, with the third semester used for the individual research project module. For part-time students, this is spread over two to three years.  

Training in research methods is given in preparation for the Research Project. For full-time students, the Dissertation Project normally investigates a real engineering problem in-house or industrially based. For example, past students have developed a light tracker system, a traffic simulator, face recognition software and control for a photovoltaic (PV) system. Some students with theoretical interests have also completed various theoretical systems and control projects, including developing model order reduction algorithms.  For part-time students, the Dissertation Project is often chosen to specifically link their work with their studies, solving practical problems brought from the company where the students are employed. 

Many of the modules adopt the activity-led learning approach – you could find yourself doing hands on activities using data acquisition hardware from National Instruments, rapid prototyping and hardware in the loop using dSPACE or developing control and signal/image processing algorithm using MATLAB/Simulink.  

We aim for our teaching to be underpinned by the current research in various control engineering applications, such as in automotive and transport, health rehabilitation, energy sectors, industrial automation, process monitoring, etc.  

Teaching methods include attending lectures and participating in classes.

The achievement of learning outcomes for most of the taught modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 50%-60% of assessment in the first stage of the programme, depending on the options chosen; the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of control engineering and the constituent components of a control system and analyse the behaviour using appropriate mathematical tools.
  • Assess the performance of a system via simulation and interpret the results quantitatively, e.g. numerically and/or statistically. 
  • Evaluate and implement control algorithms and know their practical limitations. MSc Control Engineering KU4 Demonstrate specialist knowledge in control engineering within the broad themes of the programme depending on option choices. MSc
  • Understand and conceptualise a given complex problem and produce an appropriate model to generalise at a higher level of abstraction.
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and apply advanced analytical skills.
  • Apply knowledge of design via simulation to select appropriate algorithms for achieving a specific task. 
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate awareness of a range of hardware and software platforms for control system design and implementation. 
  • Research information relevant to programme topics from a variety of sources and to critically analysis ideas, arguments and points of view.

In a typical week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching, comprising lectures and tutorial/seminars.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 28 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments and reinforcing the taught materials.

The Control Group has connections with industry, which includes many multinational companies, including:  Jaguar Land Rover, GE Power Conversion, TRW Automotive Systems, AVL, Bytronic Automation Ltd, SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre, Abbott Diabetes, University Hospital Coventry and Elekta Oncology Systems Ltd.  

Academic and research staff who deliver the teaching in this programme have strong collaboration with industry, as well as other researchers in other universities in Europe and overseas territories like Asia, North and South America. This could give potential opportunities for students to visit, develop network or involve in the existing collaborations. It also open opportunities to students who intend to continue their education and develop their career abroad.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

“I commenced the MSc in Control Engineering at Coventry University after 12 years in industry at Jaguar Cars. I found the course very relevant and practical in helping to analyse real problems faced in automotive control system design. The course maintained a good balance between theory and practical assignments; it provided a better understanding of electronic control systems and factors, which can influence their performance. These are essential factors in driving for product excellence. I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.”

Ian Smith, MSc Control Engineering, graduated in 1999, now Senior Manager (Advanced Electronic/Electrical Systems Engineering) for Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry.

Entry Requirements

You should have a first degree (or equivalent) in any engineering or physical science subject with a good mathematical content.

Candidates with relevant industrial experience may be allowed entry to the course provided their experience can be taken in lieu of formal qualifications.

You should have a first degree (or equivalent) in any engineering or physical science subject with a good mathematical content.

Candidates with relevant industrial experience may be allowed entry to the course provided their experience can be taken in lieu of formal qualifications.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

You should have a first degree (or equivalent) in any engineering or physical science subject with a good mathematical content.

Candidates with relevant industrial experience may be allowed entry to the course provided their experience can be taken in lieu of formal qualifications.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

“I commenced the MSc in Control Engineering at Coventry University after 12 years in industry at Jaguar Cars. I found the course very relevant and practical in helping to analyse real problems faced in automotive control system design. The course maintained a good balance between theory and practical assignments; it provided a better understanding of electronic control systems and factors, which can influence their performance. These are essential factors in driving for product excellence. I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.”

Ian Smith, MSc Control Engineering, graduated in 1999, now Senior Manager (Advanced Electronic/Electrical Systems Engineering) for Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,350 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

“I commenced the MSc in Control Engineering at Coventry University after 12 years in industry at Jaguar Cars. I found the course very relevant and practical in helping to analyse real problems faced in automotive control system design. The course maintained a good balance between theory and practical assignments; it provided a better understanding of electronic control systems and factors, which can influence their performance. These are essential factors in driving for product excellence. I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.”

Ian Smith, MSc Control Engineering, graduated in 1999, now Senior Manager (Advanced Electronic/Electrical Systems Engineering) for Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry.

Career prospects

Successful completion of our Master’s degrees in Control Engineering and Systems and Control could provide you with skills applicable for industries including automotive, aerospace, process/chemical industries, manufacturing, robotics and automation, finance and banking.

There are also opportunities in research and development across a wide variety of these industrial and commercial sectors. 

The course also provides opportunities to develop careers in academia or to continue to pursue research degrees at MPhil/PhD level. It is possible to take individual modules on a continuing professional development (CPD) basis initially and then to register for a programme leading to a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma.

As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Some of our graduates are now employed as project engineers, systems and control engineers and systems integrators. 

What our students say...

“I commenced the MSc in Control Engineering at Coventry University after 12 years in industry at Jaguar Cars. I found the course very relevant and practical in helping to analyse real problems faced in automotive control system design. The course maintained a good balance between theory and practical assignments; it provided a better understanding of electronic control systems and factors, which can influence their performance. These are essential factors in driving for product excellence. I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.”

Ian Smith, MSc Control Engineering, graduated in 1999, now Senior Manager (Advanced Electronic/Electrical Systems Engineering) for Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry.
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