Industrial Control Engineering (MSc)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Park, Cheltenham

This postgraduate course will encourage students to be creative and innovative in addressing challenges from industrial controls in the era of the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0.

You will study both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and methods in control engineering, instrumentation and electronics. You will also develop ability to synthesise information from a variety of sources and make effective decisions on complex instrumentation and control engineering problems. Instrumentation and control engineers are highly sought after in a range of industries including oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemical engineering, manufacturing, research, transport and infrastructure.

The programme is for those with an interest in developing their careers in both analytical and practical aspects of control engineering. This course also provides excellent preparation for those wishing to continue their study to doctoral level research.

Study areas include, Discrete Control Systems and Stability and control of Non- Liner Systems, Smart Sensors, Competitive and Reliability Engineering, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Creative and Innovative Design Projects, as well as completion of an Advanced Research Project.

You will learn the advanced knowledge of industrial control engineering including the classical control system design to optimal, adaptive and intelligent control systems, operation, engineering management, pioneering approaches in this field and how to apply them to solve both real-world and pioneer research-oriented problems.

The course has been designed to enable membership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). Students successfully completing the course will be able to progress to PhD study.

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Study style

The course includes lectures, guest speakers, seminars, individual work, self-led work/research and group work.

Group work brings together engineers from a variety of backgrounds to shape projects and tasks. As a day release course, you can immediately apply your learning to your industry role.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • BSc or BEng (min Honours 2:2) in general engineering, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanics or computing
  • IELTS (6.0 average or equivalents) for international.


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  • Control engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Academic research professional or Doctorial student
  • Engineering management professional

Industry links

The course is specifically designed with industrial partners in order to provide an accredited qualification with which organisations can develop the industrial control capability of their employees.  You will have the opportunity to practice your knowledge in local companies such as ABB, MOOG, SC Group, Spirax Sarco, Dowty Propeller, Kohler Mira and Total Metal Products Ltd

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Meeting increasing demand

There is an increasing demand for knowledge and skills in research, design and development of industrial control systems within the UK and world-wide, as well as local engineering companies who are always looking to employ graduates.

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Part of a wider Business School

Study in a school that combines engineering, computing, business and management. The school have supervised Industrial Control Engineering PhD projects and has significant experience of Knowledge exchange and KTP with local engineering companies.

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