MSc Control Systems
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Dr David Angeli
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.
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
- mechanical systems
- biomedical control
You study taught modules, both core and optional, in the Autumn and Spring terms (October–April). Modules are taught through a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. You will then take written exams on the studied modules between May and June.
You also complete a substantial individual research project, which will be carried out in an area of special interest.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Modern theory of linear control systems
- Control engineering (for revision)
- Design of linear multivariable control systems
- Discrete-time systems and computer control
- Stability and control of non-linear systems
- Discrete-event systems
Mathematics and optimisation
- Mathematics for signals and systems
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
- 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
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.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
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.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
Minimum academic requirement
A high first class (1st) Honours degree (75%+) in electrical engineering or a related subject.
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 then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirement (all applicants)
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.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.