University of Salford

Advanced Control Systems

The overall objective of this course is to add value to your first degree and previous relevant experience by developing a focused, integrated and critically aware understanding of underlying theory and current policy and practice in the field of control systems engineering.

The course is control systems focused, with the emphasis on control systems theory together with a range of control applications including industrial control (SCADA), intelligent control, flight control and robotic control. The control systems approach provides continuity in learning throughout the one year of study.

  • Emphasis on feedback control, robotics, flight control and discrete event manufacturing control
  • Real opportunities for career progression in to the automation industry
  • Programme designed using Engineering Council benchmarks
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Entry requirements

Typically a minimum of 2:2 honours degree with significant numerate content comparable to first degrees in engineering

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Course modules

Automation and Robotics
This module will develop a detailed and systematic understanding of current industrial control technology and practice. On completion of the module you will have the capacity to apply current PLC, SCADA and DCS systems.You will also have the ability to design and program a PLC and robot-based system.

Instrumentation and Control
This module will give you a comprehensive understanding and systematic understanding of knowledge in the design and analysis of both measurement and feedback control systems.

Artificial Intelligence
The aim of this module is to give you a comprehensive understanding of the role of artificial intelligence in control applications, and provide you with practical experience of using techniques such as fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks, and evolutionary computing in engineering applications.    

Flight Dynamics and Control
On completion of this module you will have a complete understanding of how to analyse flight dynamics and the design of flight control systems.

Assessment methods

35% examinations
65% coursework (labs, reports, dissertation)

Sponsorship information

We offer awards to help you study including the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship, the University of Salford student loyalty discount and our country specific bursary scheme for International students.


You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,380 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time £ 13,500 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MSc Part-time £ 1,230 (Credit module) Home/EU 2 Years
MSc Part-time £ 6,750 (Academic year) International 2 Years

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