Newcastle University
Automation and Control MSc
Newcastle University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Automation and Control MSc is a multidisciplinary course that prepares you for a career as a design or development engineer in control and automated systems.

This course will provide you with a broad coverage of all of the major disciplines in automation and control. It will also prepare you for a career in a a wide range of industrial sectors.

Our MSc is designed for both practising professionals and new graduates in electrical and electronic engineering and other related engineering disciplines.

You will learn through innovative educational techniques designed to equip you with practical design skills and research methodologies - crucial for industry and further research studies (PhD).

The MSc provides an advanced education that includes: a focus on fundamentals in automation control and practical application in industry

Core learning includes: linear controller design and state space with Matlab applications industrial automation, PLCs and robotics distributed control systems digital control systems application of engineering and computing expertise to investigate a complex problem through an individual project

The flexible nature of this programme allows you to specialise in one of two streams:

Control Systems Stream Developed to provide a thorough understanding of key areas of control systems, including: control of electric drive systems robust and adaptive control systems (concepts and design)

Mechatronics Stream Focusing on aspects of mechatronics (systems and design), including: instrumentation and drive systems mechatronics and mobile robotics

DELIVERY: We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and you will engage with fellow students across all key engineering disciplines. This offers a rich and diverse learning experience.

Our teaching covers a broad range of subjects and consists of: lectures tutorials coursework seminars practical laboratory sessions group work

You'll learn in modern lecture theatres fully equipped with audio-visual equipment. Canvas, a web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), will support your taught modules.

Practical sessions are carried out in modern laboratories with state-of-the-art hardware and computing facilities. All of the taught modules on MSc Automation and Control are informed by University research.

Our strong industry links also means our degrees are shaped by industry and provide you with an enhanced learning journey.

Overall, you will benefit from: practical hands on experience of using control system technology project work research insight industry guest lectures site visits networking opportunities employment opportunities with added support from our Careers Service

ACCREDITATION: The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Engineering Council, and therefore provides a good foundation for professional registration.

FACILITIES: You will have access to a range of specialist facilities across campus that will support your studies and enhance your learning experience. These include: Computing Lab Electronics Teaching Lab Power Electronics, Drives and Machines Lab

Each research group in the school has dedicated equipment and laboratories. As part of your Individual Project, you may also have the opportunity to work within one of our research laboratories, including: Computer Aided Design (CAD) Lab Electrical Power Research Lab Smart Grid Lab and Energy Storage Test Bed Urban Sciences Building Facilities Cockle Park Farm

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Others
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Automation and Control, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

A 2:2 BEng honours degree, or international equivalent, in: electrical and electronic engineering computer engineering mechanical engineering physics communications or information and control engineering Relevant professional experience is desirable, although not essential. We will consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant professional experience. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: To study this course you need to meet our Band 1 English Language requirements. Direct Entry : IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Newcastle University

Founded in 1834, Newcastle University is located in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Less than an hour’s bus ride from the coast, this institution of higher education offers Undergraduates modern lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, and spaces for socialising and for being creative such as their Fine Arts Hub. Postgraduate students have their own library, complete with a laptop loan system and assistance from knowledgeable librarians to ensure that students have every means of succeeding.

Student composition of Newcastle University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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