Control Engineering (871H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module offers an introduction to control systems, mathematical modelling and system identification, feedback control, and commonly used controllers (i.e. PID control), the study of sensors and actuators and their role in control systems.

It prepares students to use software commonly used for control in industrial applications (Matlab, Simulink, and Labview), and it will use these computational tools in practical applications. Additionally it introduces concepts from control logic and state machines which could be used in future modules or projects.


48%: Lecture
52%: Practical (Laboratory, Project, Workshop)


50%: Coursework (Project, Test)
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 46 hours of contact time and about 104 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.