Control, Automation and Artificial Intelligence MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT053

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

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Overview

Is your undergrad degree in engineering, mathematics or science? An accredited MSc in Control, Automation and Artificial Intelligence will help you to develop skills that would be beneficial 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.

The course covers three specialist pathways within the field of control systems engineering, which feature a balance between theoretical and practical content and is 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.

Academics delivering teaching on this course are actively involved in research and consultancy with industry, which ensures your taught materials are based on techniques and technologies currently relevant to industry. Parts of the teaching materials are also offered as CPD training for engineers from industry.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

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:

Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)

This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) up to 2020 as meeting the Engineering Councils further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer registration.

The University’s accreditation with InstMC shall be up for renewal in 2020. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

This course is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) up to July 2020 on behalf of the Engineering Council as partially meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer CEng).

The University’s accreditation with IET shall be up for renewal in July 2020. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

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

This MSc Control, Automation and Artificial Intelligence Course is designed to provide a unique route for postgraduates to top up their background with more specialised knowledge and skills in the rich field of control systems and engineering relevant to various practical industries as well as research in academia.

The course covers the three closely relevant fields as pathways within one umbrella. Those pathways are Control Engineering Pathway, Automation Pathway and Intelligent Systems Pathway. All pathways will start with common modules in Semester 1, to offer a greater degree of flexibility for students to explore their main interest as they enrol into the course. Then each pathway will deliver specialised modules in Semester 2, allowing students to focus on specialised subjects based on their interest. This specialisation then continues being reflected in the students’ dissertation project, which is carried out in Semester 3.

This course will provide a combination of theoretical and practical modules with sufficient depth, giving graduates sufficiently strong skills and background to take up professional posts in control engineering and automation industry and/or research, and to develop themselves further depending on the requirement of the profession.

Staff involved in the delivery of this course are actively involved in collaborative research within academia and with industry, as well as consultancy undertaken within Coventry University’s multidisciplinary Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities. Consequently, students may also gain significant benefits from the fact that the taught materials are based on state-of–the-art techniques and technologies, and the experience gained during the project component benefits from the close relationship with industrial collaborators. The common modules are devised to introduce students to key concepts and analytical approaches as well as the empirical focus of the course. The modules also pave strong programming and simulation skills for students. These common skills will together provide strong background for students to get deeper into more specialised and advanced modules in each pathway they choose.

There are opportunities for students to gain experience from these close relationships with industry. 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.

Where appropriate, research seminars, including staff, research students, and external guest speakers from industry are invited to provide a lecture / presentation to supplement and reinforce the practical relevance of the material. In addition, students are also encouraged to attend externally organised seminars, workshops, training or internships to gain wider knowledge and experience, as well as build their professional network.

Students in this course come from various engineering backgrounds from the UK, EU and other countries in the world. This pathway is open for both full time and part time students.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The three pathways within this MSc Control, Automation and Intelligent Systems Course are:

Pathway 1: Control Engineering

This pathway focuses on analytical aspects of control engineering. It is designed for students interested in developing their careers or upgrading their knowledge in areas that require accurate and robust control design for possibly unstable systems, with emphasis on implementation. This course provides excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue their careers as a control engineer or technical specialist in industrial fields such as automotive, aerospace, energy, and other electrical and mechanical engineering based industries, as well as those who are interested in pursuing postgraduate research.

Pathway 2: Automation

This pathway focuses on automation technology and practice in industry. It is designed for students interested in developing their careers or upgrading their knowledge in areas including control in manufacturing process, systems design, systems integration, system operation, with emphasis on implementation. This course provides excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue their careers as a control engineer in industrial automation fields such as in oil and gas, power distribution, chemical and food industry and other process control based industries, as well as those who are interested in pursuing postgraduate research.

Pathway 3: Intelligent Systems

This pathway focusses on decision making based control approaches. It is designed for students interested in developing their careers or upgrading their knowledge in areas such as system designer or system developer with emphasise on implementation of control algorithms that involves optimisation and learning. This course provides excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue their careers as a control engineer in various autonomous systems applications, such as autonomous vehicle or driverless cars, intelligent robotics, as well as those who are interested in pursuing postgraduate research. This pathway is suitable for students with software engineering or computing background, or other engineering background with particular interest in coding or programming.

Without work placement pathway


Semester 1
  • Linear Control Systems Analysis and Design
  • Programming and Simulation for Control
  • System Identification and Parameter Estimation
  • Automation and Robotics
Semester 2
  • Optimisation and Adaptive Control
  • Data Acquisition and Embedded Control

Plus one of the following:

Control Engineering Pathway

  • Non-Linear Control Engineering
  • Advanced Digital Control Systems

Automation Pathway

  • Advanced Digital Control Systems
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing

Intelligent Systems Pathway

  • Digital Signal and Image Processing
  • Artificial Neural Network
Semester 3
  • Postgraduate Control Dissertation Project

With work placement pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Linear Control Systems Analysis and Design
  • Programming and Simulation for Control
  • System Identification and Parameter Estimation
  • Automation and Robotics
Semester 2
  • Optimisation and Adaptive Control
  • Data Acquisition and Embedded Control

Plus one of the following:

Control Engineering Pathway

  • Non-Linear Control Engineering
  • Advanced Digital Control Systems

Automation Pathway

  • Advanced Digital Control Systems
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing

Intelligent Systems Pathway

  • Digital Signal and Image Processing
  • Artificial Neural Network
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Postgraduate Control Dissertation 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 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).
  • Accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC), 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.

Our main study themes are:

  • Linear Control Systems Analysis and Design: 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.
  • Programming and Simulation for Control: An introduction to mainstream programming and simulation software used in control engineering related industry. This incorporates hands-on using control simulation software MATLAB/Simulink and LabVIEW.
  • System Identification and Parameter Estimation: 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.
  • Automation and Robotics: This module is to provide an understanding of the application of automation techniques and mechatronics in manufacturing. The module is intended to equip the student with knowledge to specify, design and develop automation systems. An understanding of applications for robots is taught, and students will get practical involvement in on-line and off-line robot programming. PLC control systems are taught and students will experience practical programming of ladder logic code to achieve specific control outcomes.
  • Optimisation 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.
  • Data Acquisition and Embedded Control: The module aims to provide the student with 'hands-on' experience of the industry standard software and hardware tools used in real time control, namely dSPACE together with MATLAB/Simulink and LabVIEW from National Instruments and DSP type micro-controllers. Time will be spent on interfacing dSPACE embedded controllers and associated software, DSP type micro-controllers as well as LabVIEW, with real devices and subsequently controlling and monitoring the behaviour of these devices. Students will be taught both graphical as well as text based high level programming and hardware interfacing using data acquisition devices to various electromechanical as well as video camera devices.

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 dissertation 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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module.

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.
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge in control engineering within the broad themes of the course depending on the chosen pathway.
  • 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.

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

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

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘good mathematical content’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

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 obtained an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any engineering or physical science subject with a good mathematical content.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘good mathematical content’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

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

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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 obtained an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any engineering or physical science subject with a good mathematical content.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘good mathematical content’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

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

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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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UK 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.

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EU Scholarships

We're investing 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!

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International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Course essentials – additional costs

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

Successful completion of our Master’s degree in Control, Automation and Artificial Intelligence 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 may also receive support from our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC 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, systems developers, and systems integrators. Some of them stays in academia to either continue their education to PhD level or work as researchers.

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.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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