Electrical and electronic engineering student Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course will introduce you to the major aspects of control theory and its application to the design of control systems, and you will develop your skills in use of the standard computer packages for control design.

About the course


In response to the growing demands of the chemical, oil, aerospace, aeronautical, power and defence industries, control theory has developed into a well established body of knowledge that many engineers need to acquire.

Additional areas of application include:

  • industrial automation
  • robotics
  • mechanical systems
  • biomedical control


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

You will take four core modules and four optional modules. You study for these modules in the Autumn (October–December) and Spring (January–April) terms. Modules are taught through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories, and you will take written exams on the studied modules in May–June.

The optional modules come from the areas of:

  • Modern theory of linear control systems
  • Non-linear systems
  • Mathematics and optimisation
  • On-line control using optimisation
  • Stochastic modelling and control
  • Modelling and control

You may also take a non-assessed revision module on control systems.

Students also carry out an individual research project: three months part-time (January–March) and four months full-time (June–September). The project gives you the opportunity to carry out research that deepens your knowledge of an area in which you have a special interest. It also develops your report writing, presentation and time management skills. You will have an academic supervisor who will mentor you, and the project is assessed by a written report and poster presentation in September.

Modern theory of linear control systems
  • Control engineering (for revision)
  • Design of linear multivariable control systems
  • Discrete-time systems and computer control
Non-linear systems
  • Stability and control of non-linear systems
  • Discrete-event systems
Mathematics and optimisation
  • Mathematics for signals and systems
  • Optimisation
On-line control using optimisation
  • Predictive control
Stochastic modelling and control
  • Probability and stochastic processes
  • Systems identification and adaptive control
  • Estimation and fault detection
Modelling and control
  • Modelling and control of multi-body mechanical systems
  • Power system control, measurement and protection
Additional topics
  • Topics in control systems (a course covering five topical subjects)
    • Wavelets and applications
    • Coding theory
    • Intelligent data and probabilistic inference
    • Distributed computation and networks: a performance perspective
    • Information theory

We regularly review our courses in an effort to continuously improve and update them.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

A high first class (1st) Honours degree (75%+) in electrical engineering or a related subject.

International Qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English Language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants. 

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.