Our Applied Process Control MSc prepares you for the challenges of managing process control and process automation technology.
About this course
Control Engineers apply engineering principles to design, build, and manage sophisticated computer-based instrumentation and control systems in the manufacturing industries. This sector depends on process control and automation technology to maintain a competitive edge.
Our Applied Process Control course gives you an advanced understanding of:
- the principles of chemical engineering
- process control and automation technologies.
Students also enjoy:
- access to our dedicated Process Control Lab
- our internationally recognised research
- our academic staff's industrial links.
What you'll learn
Through this course, you will understand the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and key aspects of:
- information technology
- process control and automation methodologies.
The interdisciplinary nature of this course will prepare you for the challenges of modern process control technology.
Through this course, you will be able to engage with industry. We usually have three visits to local industrial companies such as:
- Sterling Pharmaceuticals
- Northumbrian Water
- DNV.GL Testing & Research
You will also have the opportunity to complete an industry based research project. Some previous examples have included projects associated with:
- Sellafield Ltd
- TATA Steel
- Northumbrian water.
All the research projects are based on the current research activities of our academic staff. Each year we have journal or conference publications based on students' research projects.
You can become a member of the Chemical Engineering Society, a social and networking organisation supported by the School of Engineering. Most students join so they can attend Society events and access industrial contacts.
Quality and Ranking
We rank in the top 150 for Chemical Engineering - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
The academic staff on the course have close links with a wide range of industrial sectors including:
- nuclear waste.
Our teaching staff are active in process control research and publish regularly on top process control journals such as:
- Journal of Process Control
- Computers & Chemical Engineering.
- MSc: 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit research project
- PGDip: 120 credits of taught modules.
Modules to the value of 60 credits are delivered in both semester one and semester two. The research project is carried out in semester three (June to August).
You can choose to attend lectures and seminars with external industry lecturers. Some of the research projects are industry based and involve guidance from industrial supervisors.
The majority of the modules in semester one run for the duration of the semester. Semester two modules are mostly delivered in blocks, ie over one week. All teaching is carried out on weekdays.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control. If you also have an accredited BEng degree, the course will count towards your chartership.
We have a process control laboratory with four control rigs operated by computer control systems. These rigs are equipped with industrial scale instrumentation.
We have a dedicated postgraduate computer cluster with software including:
- Aspen HYSYS.
Our multivariate statistical data analysis and monitoring tools include:
The Peter Robinson Library has a large collection of textbooks and journals used by the course.