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Industrial Communication and Automation

The MSc Industrial Communication and Automation course has been developed with the intention of enabling students who aspire to get a formal Masters degree to develop their skills in this sought after area and attain PROFIBUS certification.

Industrial networks are transforming the way we design plants and factories, automate machines and produce goods. This highly regarded, specialist course covers the key components in industrial networking, communication protocols and advanced automation. Incorporating expertise in the School gained from close industry collaboration, you will study technologies relevant to communications for production and industry. You will learn how machines are networked, how data is managed and how systems operate; as well as how to make industrial processes more energy efficient and optimised for peak productivity and performance. You will also undertake a research project.

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

Features and benefits of the course
- Gain industry recognised qualifications and be a certified PROFIBUS engineer; certified PROFINET engineer; certified PLCopen engineer; certified AS-I engineer. These qualifications are recognised worldwide in the automation industry giving you an extra edge in the UK or the global job market.

- Close industry collaboration: the School of Engineering's Automation Systems Centre hosts the Competence Centre for PROFIBUS International in the UK.

- Excellent laboratory facilities with the latest commercial software and engineering tools.

- You will gain knowledge and skills that are highly sought by employers as the course incorporates latest commercial software and engineering tools.

- Research in the School of Engineering was rated 'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework (2014).

- The main student intake is in September but it is also possible to begin studying in January.

Entry requirements

MSc: A minimum of 2:2 UK Honours degree in Physics, Mathematics, or a branch of Engineering is normally required. Equivalent EU/international qualifications are also accepted. Other professional qualifications or unclassified degrees in Engineering or Science disciplines may be considered on merit and/or with relevant professional experience.

Fees

Students often choose to buy a laptop or tablet for use on campus (approx. £800), however there are PCs on campus and students can also borrow laptops. Students may need a smart phone or wireless device to participate in interactive class quizzes, etc. All personal protection equipment (PPE) for labs and a basic toolkit is provided by the School. Laboratory and workshop consumables are also provided. All reports, etc. for assessment are submitted as electronic files except the Level 6 7 Project Report for which printing and binding costs (up to 50 pages) will be borne by the students. Costs of all materials for prototype building and the printing of posters for Employability events and graduate year books will be paid by the School.

Students may have to contribute to the cost of optional social trips organised by Student Societies. The costs of compulsory industrial visits (if any) are paid by the School or by sponsorship secured from the Professional bodies (PSRBs). Students are expected to cover the costs of attending placement interviews and any additional travel/accommodation costs incurred to take up optional short term or sandwich placements.

The School of Engineering will cover the costs associated with student/affiliate membership of one PSRB. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of any additional memberships or enhanced PSRB membership status and to the cost of any optional professional accreditation courses in the use of software packages, etc.

Costs for student-led projects will be paid subject to approved business cases submitted by the students under the supervision of academic staff. Artefacts built for projects normally remain the property of the School, but students may be offered the opportunity to purchase them for the cost of the materials used.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc £ 8,460 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 2 Years
MSc £ 14,400 (Whole course) International 1 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 1 1 Years

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