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MSc Industrial Communication and Automation featuring PROFIBUS and PROFINET

Bob Squirrell,
  • 15.09.2012

This is a new programme to be launched in September 2012 to reflect the fast growing acceptance of field-level networking and Ethernet-based technologiesin factories and process plant. Networking and communication among power units, actuators and transmitters is becoming a distinct subject compared to more traditional disciplines such as automation and instrumentation. This new Masters programme will reflect the evolution from an enterprise infrastructure comprising of islands of instruments and sub-systems to an infrastructure of networked smart devices and systems.

MMU is a fully accredited PROFIBUS International Competence Centre able to offer industry-recognised training and certification in the necessary knowledge and skill sets to help students and engineers in their chosen career. The Automation Systems Centre, (ASCent) an enterprise and research centre within the School of Engineering, has been providing short courses to industry for over 10 years.

The new programme incorporates some of the very successful short courses and existing units currently being offered in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Programme structure

  • Fieldbus technologies: Protocols, networks design, diagnosis, and deployment.
  • Industrial Ethernet technologies: Protocols, networks design, diagnosis and deployment.
  • Object-orientated automation programming: Programmable logic controller programming languages, graphic interface design.
  • Embedded systems design: Design Microcontroller and FPGA based electronic systems for wide ranges of applications.
  • Power electronics: Design and analyse electronic systems for controlling power systems
  • Communications: Design, analyse, and simulate wired and wireless communication networks
  • Integrated Management Systems: Integrate quality, environmental, and safety systems in the sphere of engineering, develop team working skills and manage project under constraints
  • MSc projects: innovative industrial networks and devices. Please note: modules may change, as syllabus is updated every year.

Special features

You will gain certification directly recognised by employers world-wide in communication, automation, and process control. 

The MSc course will provide a sound understanding of industrial communications, networks, power electronics, and embedded electronics. While, the use of the latest industrial commercial engineering software, platform, tools, and systems in course work and final projects will bridge the theories learned and skills that the engineering job market seeks. The course offers successful students the following titles Certified PROFIBUS Engineer and Certified PROFINET Engineer additional to their MSc Industrial Communication and Automation:

Certified Engineers have the right to use the Certified Logo on their business card and be listed on the PROFIBUS International website.

Entry requirements

You will normally have either a second class undergraduate honours degree in engineering or science, or an equivalent professional qualification, or an unclassified degree in engineering or science with relevant professional experience. Other equivalent qualifications will be assessed on merit.

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


You will be assessed through a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.


UK and EU students full-time £4,000 · UK and EU students part-time £445 per 20 credit unit. A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits. · Non-EU overseas students £12,500

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