Applied Process Control (PG Dip)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
PG Dip

How long you will study
9 - 12 months

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About Applied Process Control at Newcastle University

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:

  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • information technology
  • process control and automation methodologies.

The interdisciplinary nature of this course will prepare you for the challenges of modern process control technology.

Your development

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.

Our staff

The academic staff on the course have close links with a wide range of industrial sectors including:

  • chemical
  • water
  • food
  • pharmaceutical
  • 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:

  • Simulink
  • Aspen HYSYS.

Our multivariate statistical data analysis and monitoring tools include:

  • Pre-screen
  • MultiData
  • BatchData.

The Peter Robinson Library has a large collection of textbooks and journals used by the course.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study9 - 12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See our course-specific Fees and Funding page.

Entry requirements

2:2 honours degree (BEng or BSc), or equivalent, in engineering or a pure applied science subject.

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with relevant industrial experience.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 3 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills) 

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

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