Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
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.
This course has multiple start dates:
25 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
2-3 years part-time
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.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Admissions and Marketing Office
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Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
Part-time students take their modules at the same time as full-time students but you can choose the year in which you wish to undertake a particular module.
The module aims to equip you with the qualities and transferable skills necessary to design, model and simulate embedded controllers for a wide range of industrial applications. The designed control strategy will be evaluated using simulation packages before implementation in an embedded system. Industry standard simulation packages using PC’s as the hardware platform will also be utilised in the designing and implementation of controllers. The results of multi-disciplinary internationally leading research (performed by members of Institute of Railway Research, Centre for Efficiency and Performance Engineering and EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology) will be presented during learning activities using the latest state-of-the-art hardware and software.
Process Measurement and Control
The principal types of process plant and associated control equipment used in the process industries are studied within this module. Models of process plant systems are developed for optimising control system performance. The principal types of computer control systems are explained, including Programmable Logic Controller (PLCs), Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) systems and Distributed Control (DCS) systems. Instrumentation systems for the measurement of temperature, pressure, level and flow are studied. Real-time imaging systems for monitoring multi phase flows in pipes (eg oil-water or solids-water flows) are studied.
Manufacturing Systems Automation
The module provides an opportunity to understand computer control techniques used in flexible and automated manufacturing and aims to develop your ability to automate manufacturing processes through an education and practical experience in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) of machine tools, automated handling, inspection and control.
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 Control Sys'Ms
In this module you’ll be supported in investigating the operating characteristics and limitations of modern internal combustion engines and hybrid configurations. You’ll be introduced to software packages used by commercial organisations so you can undertake engine performance analysis, including the effects of exhaust system routing, turbochargers and superchargers. You will also study the forces exerted on a vehicle during steady state and transient cornering with regard to road loads, roll over, banked tracks and adverse camber. Front, rear and 4-wheel drive configurations will be compared.
Signal Analysis and Processing
This module provides an understanding of techniques for characterising signals and shows how these techniques can be used in systems identification applications. Digital filtering techniques are studied allowing the extraction of information from noisy transducer signals.
Planning an Advanced Technical Project
This module provides the opportunity to undertake a programme of independent work to plan, and undertake background research for, an advanced technical project. Successful completion of this module will entitle you, if required, to progress to a full Masters level project based on the planning and background research undertaken in this module.
This module aims to develop improved understandings of the strategic aspects of programme and project management and its role in adding competitive advantage to your enterprise. You will have the chance to gain a firm grounding in the principles, processes, tools and techniques that underpin programme and project management, but also be encouraged to challenge traditional thinking in the field. Concepts, standards and techniques for project and programme lifecycle management are introduced, developed and applied, with the aid of industrially relevant case material. Emphasis is placed upon the need for competence in project planning and control. Team-working, communication and risk management skills are developed by means of group activity. Extensive use is made of project management software.
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.
All projects are undertaken as part of a research group to ensure that they are real and relevant. Where possible, links with industry are used to inform the project.
Part time students working in industry can, with agreement from an academic supervisor, undertake a relevant technical project within their company.
Our part time Master's course normally takes two to three years to complete. We recognise the pressures on busy part-time students and professionals, so we offer interim awards of Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma - this means that you can usually exit with a qualification after one or two years.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
100%* of graduates from courses in this subject area go onto work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to roles such as Test Process Engineer, Telecommunications Engineer, Software Technicians and Systems Engineer in organisations such as Cummins Turbo Technologies, National Grid, European Space Agency and Syngenta*. Many have also gone on to further studies to doctoral level and then into academic careers.
Source: DHLE stats 13/14*
Professional links and accreditations
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Teaching and assessment
The course is taught principally through lectures, tutorials, studio-based assignment work and lab-based research activities.
Projects are supported by University research groups and by many industrial organisations working in the field of engineering control systems and instrumentation. Students sometimes complete part or all of the major project work on-site in industry. These industry-based projects provide dedicated resources to tackle problems in areas of strategic interest to the companies involved.
Assessment methods reflect the emphasis of the course on the ability to apply knowledge and skills, and are diversely linked to examination, assignment, project work, research and laboratory activities.
19% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*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.
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.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the next Postgraduate Open Day or contact us.
Our research courses involve in-depth study of a specific field across the engineering discipline. If you wish to undertake longer term, highly focussed research, we offer a number of flexible routes to PhD. For more information see http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
If you are planning to study part-time, please get in touch with the contact in the 'At a glance' section above.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.
For more information see the Research section of our website.