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Systems and Control MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

ECT057

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
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Overview

It’s an exciting time to be working in systems and control engineering. Advances in intelligent control – based on computing approaches like neural networks, Bayesian probability, fuzzy logic, machine learning and evolutionary computation – are transforming industrial engineering applications in ways never seen before.

Our Master’s in Systems and Control has been developed in partnership with companies like Jaguar Land Rover, General Electric, TRW, Goodridge and Bytronic Technologies, many of whom we still collaborate with today. Fully accredited by both the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), it is one of three specialist pathways, all of which feature significant mathematics and computing content and are therefore designed for graduates in engineering or science. It will suit you if you wish to embark on a career as a technical specialist, systems designer or systems integrator, or if you are a practising engineer looking to stay abreast of important advances and developments.

Coventry has a long and prestigious engineering heritage and is ranked as the 7th best university in the country for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ by the Guardian University Guide 2019. Our faculty is actively involved in research and consultancy with industry, which ensures your taught material is based on state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, and you benefit significantly from the experience gained from these close relationships. A diverse portfolio of projects includes: collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover in low carbon emission and hybrid vehicles, and optimisation and control applied to radiotherapy treatment with the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, Control for NOx emission reduction with Ricardo UK, power systems monitoring with ABB, 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 from the following bodies:

Institution of Engineering and Technology


Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)

What our alumni say

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.

I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.

Course information

Systems control theory lies at the heart of a range of manual, automated and intelligent machines and electronic processes – from opening and closing valves and breakers on machinery to robots which can defuse bombs and explore shipwrecks in place of humans – with technical advances and new applications being made all the time.

This course aims to develop advanced knowledge of the traditional and modern systems and control techniques being used to reduce costs and maximise efficiency, performance and safety. It 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 increase reliance on automation in industry, electrification of vehicle and system automation.  You’ll learn various ways in which you can control the behaviour of dynamic phenomena and systems in interaction with their environment, developing skills and gaining practical experience in the design, analysis, modelling and testing of control systems.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course provides significant flexibility with a large range of optional modules to choose from in areas such as non-linear control engineering, data acquisition and embedded control and signal and image processing.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Maths and Computing for Control
    • Linear Control Engineering
    • Simulation of Systems

    Optional modules:

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Automation and Robotics
  • Semester 2

    • Digital Computer Control Systems

    Optional modules:

    • Non-Linear Control Engineering
    • Data Acquisition and Embedded Control
    • Image and Signal Processing 
  • Semester 3

    • Control Systems Engineering project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Industry-standard project management techniques.
  • Access to commercial engineering business management software.
  • Possibility to do placement or internship with companies for the project dissertation or during the summer term.
  • Regular programme of guest speakers, which in recent years has included internal and external speakers from industry and other universities.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ of 88% overall, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • The quality of our courses is assured by close partnerships with companies such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Converteam, GE Power Conversion, TRW, Goodridge and Rolls Royce.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £50m 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.
  • Extensive cutting-edge 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.

Your 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: You will first learn about the underlying control system design methods, which support aspects of Control Engineering. We will then examine advanced control principles and application specific to the automation and control industry with emphasis being placed on microcomputer control techniques.

  • Artificial Intelligence: You will explore a range of artificial intelligence methods, including neural networks and fuzzy logic with attention given to the multi-layer perceptron and radial basis function (RBF) artificial neural networks. We will look at the concepts associated with heuristic optimisation methods, including the principles of genetic algorithms. You will gain the skills and knowledge to solve complex problems through the application and implementation of such artificial intelligence methods, with emphasis on dealing with control systems engineering problems.

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 completed their projects developing a light tracker system, a traffic simulator, face recognition software, and control for a photovoltaic (PV) system, etc. Some students with theoretical interest also completed various theoretical systems and control projects, including developing model order reduction algorithms, etc.  For part-time student, 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.

A wide range of teaching styles will be used: you will attend lectures and participate in examples classes. 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.  

The course is 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.  

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include exams, coursework, class test and project work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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, eg. working on course assignments and reinforcing the taught materials.

The Control Group has strong 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 has strong collaboration with industry as well as other researchers in other universities in Europe, as well as other 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 may 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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


What our alumni say

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.

I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.

Entry Requirements

Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

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

Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. 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 alumni say

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.

I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.

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 2019

£8,350 (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 2019

£8,350 (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!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£14,000 (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 alumni say

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.

I would recommend this course to any engineer who wants to develop their skills into Control Engineering whilst progressing their professional development.

Career prospects

Our Master’s degrees in Control Engineering and Systems and Control can lead to careers across a wide, range of application areas from positions in 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. Some of our graduates are now employed as project engineers, systems and control engineers and systems integrators.

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

The Control Group has strong 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.

What our alumni 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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