Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

Duration

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

If you are a graduate in engineering or a related science subject who wishes to progress to a technical project management position, then this is the course for you. It has been developed in consultation with industry and is supported by our internationally renowned expert staff and the state of the art facilities based in our Centre for Precision Technologies.

Our modern facilities include an impressive range of professionally equipped laboratories for control, electrical, electronic and communications projects. There are also a computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool facility and metrology laboratory for aspiring engineers wishing to undertake projects related to manufacturing control. In addition, our computing laboratories are equipped with industry standard software for measurement and control and for computer aided engineering applications - all with high speed internet access.

With our support you will develop the practical skills and expert knowledge required to succeed in roles in technical design, development and project management in the areas of controls systems and instrumentation; improving your technical effectiveness and preparing you for roles in management.

Studying at Huddersfield was a life changing experience for me. The course was well structured with a good mix of both theoretical and practical and I was taught by respected academics. The course gave me the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural environment and make great friends in the process. 

Ogheneochuko Obie

Ogheneochuko Obie, Engineering and Control Systems and Instrumentation Graduate

Course detail

Core modules

Process Measurement and Control

You will study the principal types of process plant and the associated measurement and control equipment used in the process industries. You will develop models of process plant systems for optimising control system performance and you will study both analogue and digital control systems. You will study instrumentation systems used for the measurement of key process parameters such as temperature, pressure, level and composition. Emphasis is placed on the measurement of single phase and multiphase flows relevant to the oil & gas industries, in which the University of Huddersfield has specific research expertise. Real-time imaging systems for monitoring multiphase flows in pipes (e.g. oil-water or solids-water flows) are studied. During the practical work undertaken in the module you will design, build and test an electronic instrument e.g. an instrument for measuring the level of liquid in a tank. The module is assessed by examination (75%) and practical work (25%).

Manufacturing Systems Automation

The aim of this module is to give you an appreciation of the technical possibilities and commercial implications of automating manufacturing processes with a strong emphasis on high-value, high-precision manufacturing. You will explore the principles behind the programming and use of machine tools, industrial robots and their control systems, such as PLCs. A significant portion of the taught material is in the form of case studies from industrially-based research work. The module is assessed by two pieces of problem-solving coursework (25% each) and an examination (50%) to ensure the key concepts have been learned.

Signal Analysis and Processing

In this module you will study signal processing techniques for characterising the transfer functions of different classes of process and system (process identification). You will also study Fourier Analysis techniques (including the Discrete Fourier Transform) for analysing the frequencies present in signals, enabling appropriate filters to be designed to isolate specific frequencies within those signals. You will study the design of high order analogue filters using MATLAB and SIMULINK software and you will also study digital filters and their design using z-transforms. The Cross Correlation signal processing technique, as applied to modern flow metering applications, is also studied. The module is assessed by examination (75%) and practical assignment (25%).

Project Management

This module aims to raise your understanding of the strategic, leadership and technical aspects of project management and their role in adding competitive advantage to any enterprise. Concepts and techniques for programme and project management are introduced, developed and applied, with the aid of industrially relevant case material. Focus is placed upon the need for competence of project planning and control, together with contemporary methodologies such as Prince2 and Agile techniques. Through the module you will gain a firm grounding in the principles, processes, tools and techniques that underpin project management, but also be encouraged to challenge traditional thinking in the field. Team-working and communication skills are developed by means of group activity. Extensive use is made of software for project management with assessment undertaken through an equally weighted group project and examination.

Advanced Technical Project

The project provides the opportunity to undertake a major programme of advanced independent work. It requires you to investigate a chosen topic and achieve specified technical goals through good planning and the application of analytical, problem-solving and design skills. The project is developed in collaboration with either an industrial company or within one of the research groups in the School. Your supervising tutor will monitor progress and provide guidance in various aspects of the project including preparation of the final report.

Professional Development and Research Methods

This is an innovative module which delegates will find not only challenging but also very rewarding as it will extend the way they think about management excellence and research application. Through interactive module content, based upon the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, you will be guided through the theory and practice of professional development and research. Through the use of a number of diagnostic instruments and application tools, you will be able to benchmark your leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills, thereby providing a firm foundation for reflective career planning through portfolio development. On completion, you will be equipped to manage your career through to professional registration and have the ability to lead complex research projects. This activity will be supported by seminars led by experts in the field of research and development from academia and industry, prior to the delivery of equally weighted group and individual project assessments.

Optional modules

Virtual Instrumentation

This module has been designed to build on your skills in modelling, designing, processing and simulating a range of analogue and digital systems. To support you in this the module reviews the hardware and software aspects of virtual instrumentation (VI). You’ll have the opportunity to use graphical and C/C++ programming languages using PC’s and interface cards as the hardware platform. Industry standard software tools (such as LabVIEW) will also be explored to help design and simulate real systems.

Development of Dimensional Measurement

The module combines the theory and practical application of metrology for dimensional measurement of manufactured components. The module reviews the basic principles of metrology including calibration, traceability and inter-changeability. You'll be supported in performing measurements and in analysing data during laboratory work and study contemporary instruments including laser interferometers and co-ordinate measurement machines (CMMs). The application of international standards and the propagation of uncertainty associated with practical measurement, in particular the effects of temperature, will be reviewed and the use of temperature measurement techniques such as thermal imaging will be covered.

Modelling of Electromechanical Systems

The module aims to equip you with the qualities and transferable skills necessary to design, model and simulate electromechanical systems and their control via power electronic converters, for example, servo motion control applications in machine tools, robotics and automated production equipment. Mechanical loads, types, modelling and interaction with an electromagnetic machines will be discussed along with thermal design and management. Measurement, data acquisition and system control / management platforms and protocols. Energy efficiency and the move to “more electrified” systems across the industrial, automotive, aerospace and marine sectors will be studied.

Every effort is made to obtain an industrial based project, but all projects are real and relevant.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or similar, or in a closely related science subject area such as physics or mathematics or an equivalent professional qualification.

You are also encouraged to apply if you have other qualifications and/or experience and can demonstrate that you are equipped with knowledge and skills equivalent to Honours degree level.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Why Choose Huddersfield?


Watch this clip to find out five great reasons to choose the University of Huddersfield for postgraduate study.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student life

Enhance your career


Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to roles such as Control Systems Engineer, Electronic Engineer and Research Engineer in organisations such as Siemens, Bentley and Spirax Sarco.**

Many have also gone on to further studies to doctoral level and then into academic careers.

* Percentage of our postgraduate students who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

** LinkedIn, January 2019

93.8%*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

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Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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