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Sheffield Hallam University: Automation Control and Robotics (Work Experience)

Institution Sheffield Hallam University
Department College of Business Technology and Engineering
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


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Course Summary

  • Learn the latest theories and applications of automation, control and robotics.

  • Explore leading-edge technologies, processes and systems.

  • Enhance your professional skills through real-life projects and work placements.

  • Apply principles of modelling, control concepts and controller design packages.

On this course you’ll learn how to design and exploit automation and robotic systems in a range of manufacturing and industrial applications. You’ll cover a wide range of core engineering subjects – including industrial automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and control systems – preparing you to apply them to any modern engineering industry.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll apply your knowledge and skills to real-world contexts – actively engaging in work placements, live projects, field trips, networking events and competitions. These experiences will enhance your employability, deepen your understanding of the engineering and management fields, and prepare you to thrive in a dynamic and competitive professional landscape.

Automation, control and robotics are subjects built on solid engineering principles, which you’ll actively engage and reflect on as you progress through the course. To support this, we’ll help you with your learning in a range of ways.

You learn through:

  • Lectures

  • Tutorials and seminars

  • Laboratory sessions

  • Problem-based sessions

  • Practical activities

  • Group and individual project work

  • Mentoring new students

Key themes

The course covers a wide range of important topics in automation, control and robotics. These range from control systems, advanced control methods and industrial robotics to mobile robots, industrial automation and artificial intelligence. Course support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly-skilled, graduate-level employment. This includes: 

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.

  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-on-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.

Live projects

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in exciting live projects, applying your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios, design challenges and problem-solving tasks.

Collaborating with industry partners, you’ll gain practical experience in managing projects, working in interdisciplinary teams and delivering innovative solutions. These live projects enable you to enhance your professional skills and your creativity – as well as developing a holistic understanding of the engineering and management field.

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to go on a work placement for up to 12 months as part of the course. You’re supported in finding placements and can apply for a vacancy as you would a job. We can also support you with CV writing, interview skills and job applications.

Networking opportunities

During the course you’ll have numerous opportunities to engage with career management, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, visits and professional advisers.

Field trips

You’ll make regular visits to Hallam’s research centres to develop your research skills and find research project opportunities. We also look for opportunities to organise industrial field trips.


Our Department of Engineering and Mathematics runs a best-project competition among the MSc Automation Control and Robotics students


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