Systems and Control Engineering  MSc

Overview

This exciting course focuses on the topical areas in the world of systems and control. The programme is suitable for engineers and applied scientists who wish to develop a specialised knowledge in the areas of Systems and Control. The syllabus covers the fundamentals in systems, modeling, control, optimization and optimal control, linear and non-linear systems, control systems design and complex systems and demonstrates their relevance to challenging technological developments.


Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes.


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Entry Requirements:


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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (per year) (2014 fees)
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 (per year) (2014 fees)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 (per year) (2014 fees)
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Start Date:

22nd September 2014

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The normal requirement is a second class Honours degree or equivalent in an acceptable scientific or engineering discipline or relevant industrial experience.

Pre-requisites


Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, the University works in partnership with KIC London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL (internet based): 90

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

The course draws on the knowledge and experience of leading experts and active researchers of the Systems and Control Research Centre of City University London. The program is supported by research in Control Theory and Design, Complex Systems, Machine Vision and Information Engineering, Networks, Risk, Reliability and Systems Assurance, and Mathematical Systems Theory and Computations. This research provides topics for the MSc dissertations and opportunities for further research leading to PhD.

Course Structure

Modules include:

Core modules:

  • Signals and information technology   
  • Mathematical techniques for systems and control   
  • Introduction to Control  
  • Systems Modeling   
  • Control Systems Design   
  • Linear and Non-linear Systems   
  • Optimization and Optimal Control   
  • Industrial Control   
  • Research skills and techniques.
Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of a Masters degree.

The dissertation is developed in close collaboration with research groups within the Systems and Control Research Centre, as well as other groups in the School at the forefront of their technological field.

Read the full 2014 programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

The programme consists of 9 compulsory taught modules, plus a dissertation. Four modules are taught in the first term Mondays and Fridays (10 weeks) and five modules are taught in the second term Mondays and Fridays (10 weeks). Exams take place at the end of first and second term and the dissertation work is completed during the summer term. The course format allows Full Time and Part Time study. Much support is given to students, part time and full time, with their preparation for the modules and in their project work.

Full-time students complete the programme in 12 months and are expected to devote a significant part of their non-taught hours to laboratory work, project work as well as private study.

The course format makes the programme attractive to those who wish to study part time while retaining full-time jobs. In the first year, Part Time students attend the courses of the first and second term offered on Mondays, whereas second year Part Time students attend the Friday lectures. The duration of a part-time programme is two years (this may be extended to three years in order to cater for individual circumstances).

Aims of the Programme

The overall aims of the programme are the advanced education of engineers and applied scientists intending to develop a rich knowledge of Systems & Control and the development of expertise which will enable to handle problems in complex systems engineering.

Teaching and Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy is based on lectures, supported wherever appropriate by coursework. Assessment for the taught elements of the programme is based on coursework and written examinations.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain knowledge of the fundamentals including mathematical techniques, modelling, linear and non-linear systems, optimisation and optimal control and advanced control techniques and an exposure to challenging problems of emerging complex systems engineering applications.

Summary of Content

  • Physical and Systems Modeling
  • Mathematical Methods for Systems Signals, Control and Information
  • Advanced Control Systems Design
  • Systems Theory: Linear, Non-Linear Systems 
  • Optimization and Optimal Control
  • Signals and Information Theory
  • Industrial Automation and Applications.

Read the full 2014 programme specification

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Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (per year) (2014 fees)
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 (per year) (2014 fees)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 (2014 fees)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 (per year) (2014 fees)

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes.

Placements


Career Prospects

Systems and Control Engineering are fundamental disciplines in all advanced technology areas including processes engineering, manufacturing, aerospace and transport, energy, biomedical, environmental engineering, as well as in fields such as national utilities, finance, management and the emerging fields of complex systems. Career opportunities exist for graduates in all these areas. There are opportunities for further studies by research leading to PhD after the MSc studies.

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