Course details

Study options

Full-time: 12 months, Part-time: 2-3 years

UK fee

£9,000 per year of study or £1,000 per 20 credits* (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year of study (2024/25)

Course level




Start dates

September, January


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

There is a growing demand for professionals who can harness latest technology to design and produce novel measurement and control systems.

Offering a practical and dynamic learning experience, this MSc is ideal for high-calibre individuals who want to specialise in control and instrumentation.

Your route to CEng status

Our MSc Control and Instrumentation is a vital step towards helping you apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It has been developed to cover all the educational requirements for CEng status: you will then need to meet the requirements for responsible work experience.

Chartered Engineers use a range of fundamental scientific principles to:

Tailor your MSc studies

Highly flexible, this course offers lots of choice in the specialist subject modules you can take and the ways in which you learn. Some modules are delivered through lectures and tutorials, some are provided online and you can take others in your own workplace.

You will study both on your own and as part of a group. Your project work will also give you vital experience of working in teams.

Exciting opportunities for international students

Located in the heart of England and boasting a thriving technology-based economy, Derby is the ideal city in which to study Engineering. With nearly four times the national average of people employed in high technology occupations, it is home to world-famous companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and JCB.

If you are an international student, you can combine the bridging course with an appropriate English language course if you need to meet our international entry requirements.

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I was attracted by this course because it gave me the opportunity to work for a wide range of fields. A lot of subjects were about the implementation of electronics on systems that we can find pretty much everywhere such as mobile phones.

Beatrice Dipaola
MSc Control and Instrumentation graduate
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What you will study

This course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

You will study modules such as:

Research Methods: Application and Evaluation

This module will advise, guide and develop you in the various elements that constitute the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and developing an overall research plan. Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate and apply different research philosophies, research approaches, research strategies, research methods, and methods of data collection and analysis.

Intelligent Instrumentation Systems

The increased processing power available, coupled with the development of more sensitive sensors and more complex measurement techniques, have brought many sophisticated computerised products into both industrial and consumer markets. This module aims to give you an in-depth understanding of the basis of instrumentation, advanced signal processing, and the operation of the sensors and modern instrumentation techniques and applications which are currently used. Your understanding of these elements will underpin your ability to appreciate the application of intelligent instrumentation systems in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing industry, instrument production and development, and medical research and practice.

Embedded System Design

Embedded systems are products in which tiny computers are hidden in order to undertake a control function. They appear in a wide variety of forms today, including the car, domestic appliances, stage, office or medical equipment, and industrial machinery. In this module, industrially relevant hardware and software design skills are developed, including embedded C programming, and working with a real-time operating system. The wider contexts of embedded devices are explored, for example relating to real time, low power or high reliability.

Environmental Risk and Responsibility

You will evaluate how the professional actions, decisions and leadership of others have a local impact as well as wider implications for the environment and the sustainable future of the planet. This module will be delivered online for students joining the course in January.

You will study modules such as:

CPD and Strategic Management

During this module, you will develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and learn how to transfer them into your own industry or specialism using a structured approach. You will focus on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct and will become adept at forecasting and financial analysis, while considering business ethics.

Modern Control System Design

Modern control system design is an integral part of modern society. It appears in numerous applications all around us, including aerospace, entertainment, motor vehicle and office environments. You will analyse advanced control systems using analytical techniques and computer tools. You will be introduced to optimal control of time varying and time invariant systems, solutions to the linear quadratic regulator, optimal filtering, and linear quadratic Gaussian problems. There will be a high dependence on exploring system behaviour using CAD packages.

You will also choose one module, such as:

Industrial Electronics

This module is designed to consolidate your postgraduate and industrial knowledge so you will carry out practical case studies on a number of small industrial applications. These bring together aspects of electronics, electrical, mechanical and CAD used in industry. We focus on implementing electrical and electronic principles, sensors and actuators, with the emphasis on how these elements fit into industrial applications.

Negotiated Technical Module

You will engage with a specific aspect of the technology used within your subject area at masters level. The module includes project management, target-setting and the practical implementation of your objectives in an industrial context. We will locate relevant issues in an academic context to promote the links between conceptual analysis and industrial practice, making possible an accurate evaluation of the project’s objectives.

You will study one module, such as:

Independent Engineering Scholarship

This module provides you with an opportunity to apply and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during your programme and develop your specialist skills in an area of your choice. The aim is to improve your ability to work independently, in a chosen topic, using appropriate research and design concepts and analytical, test, measurement and evaluation techniques in order to produce a finished artefact or product. You will be challenged to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research in the production of clear, logically argued and original work related to your field of study.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will be able to engage in a broad range of activities, such as industrial visits to companies like Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi and NPL. You will also have the opportunity to attend and contribute to the Derby Electrical and Electronic Research Showcase (DEERS) conference – a chance to see latest developments from across the region, to network with industry specialists and to trial new ideas. 

In addition, your learning will be enriched by the influential research being conducted by our teaching team. For example, research on the Quad-Rotor helicopter has led to the development of the 'Modelling and Control of a Quad-Rotor Helicopter' team project. In a similar way, research on the 32-bit ARM processor paved the way for our 'Moon Buggy' team project.

Assessment may take many forms:  written work, presentations, contributions to online discussions, computer aided designs, laboratory assessments, in-company interviews, viva voce and time constraint exams

Who will teach you

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Dr Amar Bousbaine
Programme leader

Dr. Amar Bousbaine is an experienced senior Electrical and Electronic Engineering academic and active researcher in the fields of automotive electrical power system for Electrical Vehicles (EVs), renewable energy sources, Hydrogen fuel cells, and autonomous control of drones.

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Entry requirements

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


£9,000 per year of study or £1,000 per 20 credits*

£1,000 per 20 credits


£14,900 per year of study


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional costs and optional extras

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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International student scholarships

We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students which can be used together to offer a reduction in your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


When you graduate, you will be skilled and knowledgeable in many areas sought after by employers across sectors including the motor vehicle, manufacturing, aerospace and petrochemical industries.

There is currently a shortage of staff who can understand and apply current technology to design and produce novel measurement and control systems. This opens up many opportunities for high-calibre professionals, including rapid progression to senior roles.  

Career opportunities include:

Employers our graduates have gone on to work for include:

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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