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Systems and Control Engineering  MSc

Overview

Systems and Control Engineering are fundamental disciplines in all areas of modern engineering and management processes, including processes engineering, manufacturing, aerospace and transport, energy, biomedical, embedded systems, and environmental engineering. They are also fundamental in fields such as national utilities, finance and management.

Studying this course allows you to explore the recent, major technological developments in industrial systems and control. You will also examine the emerging areas of complex systems, where the main driver is the reduction of complexity in design and decision-making.

The course emphasises concepts and methods which enable solutions to challenging problems of an interdisciplinary nature.

Why study Systems and Control at City?

  • The course equips you technical training in the Systems and Control discipline for Research and Development (R&D) employment, as well as enable those in R&D employment to develop the skills required to make the transition to Management jobs.
  • The programme is suitable for engineers, mathematicians, physicists and management studies, graduates and those in employment who wish to develop a specialised knowledge in the areas of Systems and Control to advance their career prospects.
  • Both the fundamentals and the modern developments within Systems, Modelling, Control Systems Design, Optimisation Nonlinear Control, and Complex Systems are covered on the course.
  • The relevance of the theory is demonstrated on the course through challenging technological and decision-making applications in the areas of Operations Research, Management, and Finance.
  • A number of industrially-sponsored projects are also available to you (subject to the successful completion of an interview).
  • The Systems and Control MSc is accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and by The Institute of Measurement and Control.
  • The MSc programme is supported by the Systems and Control Research Centre in both teaching and research; many of the research projects offered for dissertations may be extended for PhD research. The Research Centre has more than 40 research students and 30 Phds were awarded in the last 6 years.


Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers generous scholarships for this course:


Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in an acceptable scientific area, including mathematics or physics, or an engineering discipline including engineering management.

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Course Fees:

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

September 2015

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in an acceptable scientific area, including mathematics or physics, or an engineering discipline including engineering management.

Relevant industrial experience is also considered, but is not essential.

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, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 in all categories

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

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; 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

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

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, Optimisation, 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.

A number of industrially-sponsored projects are also available and may be offered to students after the successful completion of an interview.

Course Structure

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Control 
  • Optimisation and Stochastic Modelling
  • Systems Modeling 
  • Linear and Non-linear Systems
  • Optimal Control
  • Research Skills and Techniques
  • Individual Project.

Elective modules:

  • Signals and Information theory
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Industrial Control
  • Advanced Control Systems Design   
  • Linear Programming and Decision-making  
  • Financial Engineering and Planning. 

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 and projects carried out in collaboration with Industry.

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

The programme consists of 6 compulsory taught modules, 6 elective modules (of which 3 should be chosen) plus a dissertation. Only certain combinations of compulsory and elective modules are possible.

Modules are taught on Mondays and Fridays over ten weeks with the exception of two elective modules (one each term) which are taught in blocks over four consecutive (full) days. 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.

Students are supported in their work via examples classes, tutorials, supervised lab sessions and individual project supervision.

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, development of research skills 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.

Alternatively, if a part-time students chooses a block-taught module as an elective in Term 1 and/or 2, attendance is required for half a day per week (morning or afternoon) over 10 weeks, plus one additional full week during the corresponding term. 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, mathematicians and applied scientists (including Engineering Management scientists) intending to develop a rich knowledge of Systems & Control and the development of expertise, which will enable you 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.

Integral part of the teaching and learning strategy is the laboratory work. Each module has an associate laboratory component. The new Postgraduate Msc Laboratory of the School provides a number of experimental facilities that demonstrate the different aspects of the taught modules with an experimental component.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain knowledge of the fundamentals including Modelling, Optimisation, Signal Processing, Non-linear Systems, Advanced Control Design techniques and an exposure to challenging problems of emerging Decision-making under uncertainty and Complex Systems engineering applications.

Summary of Content

  • Systems Modeling
  • Optimisation, Stochastic Modelling and Decision Making
  • Advanced Control Systems Design
  • Systems Theory: Linear, Non-linear and Stochastic systems 
  • Optimization and Optimal Control
  • Industrial Control, Digital Signal Processing
  • Decision-making under uncertainty with applications in Engineering, Management and Finance.

Fees

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

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:

Placements

Integral part of the course are the research projects lasting four months. Projects are internal, and external.

External projects may be offered and co-supervised with colleagues from industry, services and consultancies in the areas such as:

  • Control and Industrial Automation within current EU research projects (it could nice to have after this a photograph from the SBS Italian partner
  • Energy Systems Modelling and Technology Evaluation
  • Systems Engineering and Safety in Railways
  • Modelling and Decision Making in Finance

External projects are competitive and they provide also relevant job experience by shadowing external supervisors, or collaborators in industry, services, and consultancies. External, industrially-sponsored projects are also available and may be offered to students after the successful completion of an interview.

Internal projects are supervised by members of the Systems and Control Research Centre, and external projects are supervised jointly with external collaborators from industry, services and consultancies.

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, and Many of the research projects offered for dissertations may be extended for PhD research within the closely affiliated Systems and Control Research Centre. The Centre has more than 40 research students and 30 Phds were awarded in the last 6 years.

Recent graduates

Learn how completing Systems and Control MSc has furthered the careers of three recent graduates:

“City University has been a stepping stone for my career as an engineer. I have specialised in Control and Systems Theory, completing the MSc in Systems and Control Engineering and continuing to do a PhD in the subject of Systems and Modelling. The support of the staff and my supervisors have been of immense value during my time in City University, forming friendships that are still very much alive."

"I am currently working as a Project Engineer in the London Underground, a company that is proud to keep London moving while undertaking major upgrades on their network. The role itself is an everyday challenge and a classic example of “systems engineering” in action; the in depth understanding of systems theory and control, attained in City University, has been a contributing factor in my career so far, and a key skill that is highly appreciated in the engineering world."

"As a female engineer I look forward to welcoming more women in the profession, and I know that City University can offer the basis and framework to do that.”
Dr Constantina Milioti

"After completing the Systems and Control MSc, I continued my studies and undertook a PhD in the field of “Risk and Safety in Engineering Processes” at the Systems and Control Centre at City. I am now employed as Principal Systems Safety Engineer in the London Underground, where the result of my research is now embedded in their systems safety processes."

"The experience of studying at City University London, was critical for my carrier progress; a well-balanced education in engineering theory and practice, as well as business and management skills, is invaluable for any student, and this is what I got form City."
Dr Ivan Lucic

"The dicipline of Control as a key technology in complex problems in engineering has motivated me to register for the MSc in Systems and Control at City University."

"I found my final project during my MSc research so interesting and motivating that I have decided to continue my research in this field even after the course is completed. The support and encouragement from my supervisor was a contributing factor to taking that step."

"One of the strong features of my studies in the Systems and Control Research Centre is the good support that I have got from my supervisors and staff, which really helped me to develop my research work."
Ms Sara Azimidana, PhD Student

About the School and Department


Apply for Systems and Control Engineering MSc

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
City University London
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