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Control Systems

Imperial College London
1 year
Full time
Master's degree

About this program

Control Systems

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.

Admission requirements

Language requirement

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 more information about the requirement please visit the university website.

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Core Modules

You take the core module below.

  • C1 Lab

Optional Modules - Group 1

You choose either eight or nine* optional modules in total, with at least four from Group 1.

  • Control Engineering (Autumn)
  • Design of Linear Multivariable Control Systems (Spring)
  • Discrete-time Systems and Computer Control (Spring)
  • Estimation and Fault Detection (Spring)
  • Optimisation (Autumn)
  • Predictive Control (Spring)
  • Stability and Control of Non-linear Systems (Autumn)
  • Systems Identification (Autumn)

Optional Modules - Group 2

You choose either eight or nine* optional modules in total, with at least four from Group 1.

  • Coding Theory (Autumn)
  • Discrete-Event Systems (Spring)
  • Game Theory (Spring)
  • Information Theory (Spring)
  • Mathematics for Signals and Systems (Autumn)
  • Modelling and Control of Multi-body Mechanical Systems (Autumn) - * please note this module is suspended for this academic year.
  • Pattern Recognition (Autumn)
  • Power System Dynamics, Stability and Control (Spring)
  • Probability and Stochastic Processes (Autumn)
  • Real-time Digital Signal Processing (Spring)
  • Selected topics in Computer Vision (Spring)
  • Topics in Control Systems (Spring)
  • Traffic Theory and Queueing Systems (Spring)
  • Wavelets and Applications (Spring)

Research Project

You will 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.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


The tuition fee for Home and EU Students 2020 entry is £14.000 per year.

The tuition fee for Overseas and Islands Students 2020 entry is £32,500 per year.

About this institute

Imperial College London

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