2022/23 entry

BEng (Hons) Control and Automation Engineering

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Part time

Course Duration:

6 years



Tuition fees (per year)

Home (part-time):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Control and Automation Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Excellent student support from academic tutors and student mentors
  • Design-led engineering curriculum emphasis, with design projects supplied by industrial partners
  • Well-equipped laboratories and workshops with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support
  • To be accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Regular contributions from professional engineers and industrial visits
  • Our thriving Student Autosport Society competes successfully in the Formula Student competition and electrical engineering students play a key role in developing the control systems that are crucial to the team's success

About your course

Completing the BEng (Hons) Control and Automation Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate with a degree-level qualification plus advanced level skills and experience that will boost your career prospects and future earning potential.

​Control and Automation engineers are also involved in the ongoing development and production of a diverse range of products, and so companies supplying anything from bread to jet engines, from mobile phones to banking services will need their skills.

Level 4 of this BEng (Hons) course covers core engineering principles and technologies such as mathematics, electrical engineering, control and instrumentation, microprocessors and programming. You will also spend time completing structured design projects, which will help develop your engineering and management skills. In the second year there is greater emphasis on the application of the core principles through design.

Electronics and microprocessors are taught in the context of designing and controlling engineering systems and the mathematics course provides the essential skills to enable you to design control strategies, and supports the more mathematical modules of the programme.

During your course, you will undertake projects that both structured and less structured allowing you more freedom to design your own solutions to problems. This is supported by seminars in commercial project development, which will teach you some of the key skills needed to plan and manage a project.

The third year of the programme covers the core themes of electronics, control, automation  and management and you will undertake a major individual project with an academic supervisor.

Professional accreditation/links

​This programme will be presented for accreditation by a professional body such as the IET as soon as possible.
Accredited BEng degrees enable graduates to gain IEng status without further study, while appropriate further study at Level 7 would facilitate application to CEng.

Gaining professional status will be of considerable benefit to you in your future career especially if you join a multinational company or need to have your qualification recognised overseas.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


There is a national shortage of graduate engineers, making our graduates highly sort after by employers. Engineering graduates enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the best starting salaries.

​While this is a new programme, LJMU has a proven track record delivering high quality professionally accredited degrees in electrical and electronic engineering. For example, data published by UNISTATS indicates that 70% of our current MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates secure a professional or managerial position within six months of graduating.

Control and Automation engineers are employed in almost every sector of economic activity including:

  • the utilities in water, power generation and distribution, and telecommunications
  • all areas of manufacturing, including aerospace, petro-chemical, and automotive
  • research and development
  • technical services and sales
  • consultancies and government agencies

Graduate engineering roles include work as a:

  • project engineer, leading and managing technical teams
  • product development engineer, developing electrical/electronic products and systems
  • power systems engineer, designing managing and maintaining power distribution networks
  • process engineer, developing and maintaining manufacturing processes

Graduates from this programme would be expected to find employment with companies such as:

  • United Utilities
  • Shell
  • British Nuclear Fuels Limited
  • Jaguar
  • Aero Engine Controls (Rolls Royce-Goodrich)
  • the Ministry of Defence

Graduate engineering posts will usually give you the opportunity to work towards incorporated or chartered engineer status.
Relevant vacation work experience and industry placements will also greatly increase your level of employability and that's why we encourage all our students to complete a year's paid placement out in industry.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Engineering Principles
20 credits

This module is intended to provide you with a good appreciation of:

• the physical properties and behaviours that influence electrical systems
• how parameters are measured
• communications systems.

Microprocessors and Software
20 credits

This module provides an overview of the operation of modern microprocessors/microcontrollers and the mechanisms used to represent and process information. The module introduces you to the fundamentals of Computer architecture and the development of high level software. You will design and implement applications written in both low level and high level languages.

Electrical Circuit Principles
20 credits

This module enhances your knowledge and understanding of the essential mathematics underpinning electrical and electronic engineering and develops your intellectual abilities in selecting and applying appropriate circuit analysis techniques for analysing various electrical and electronic circuits. You will also be introduced to passive electronic components and understand their operating characteristics.

Digital and Analogue Electronics
20 credits

This module aims to introduce you to transistors, the small-signal equivalent circuits, the use of operational amplifiers and the operation of combinational and sequential digital logic circuits. You will gain fundamental knowledge and practical skills in digital and analogue electronics circuit analysis and design.

Electrical Engineering Practice 1
20 credits

This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic circuits by completing a set of practical experiments. You will gain experience in the practical design of electronic circuits including prototyping and PCB design and you will develop professional practical skills to undertake experimental laboratory work. You will test design ideas in laboratories or through simulation, analyse and critically evaluate technical issues, and present and document ideas and results. 

Engineering Mathematics 1a
10 credits

This module provides a foundation in pre-calculus for you. It enables you to apply this to the solution of engineering problems. Coursework assessment will be through online questions delivered using online assessment software.

Engineering Mathematics 1b
10 credits

This module provides a foundation in engineering mathematics for you. It enables you to apply this to the solution of engineering problems. Coursework assessment will be through online questions delivered using online assessment software.

Level 5

Core modules

Digital And Embedded Systems
20 credits

This module aims to broaden your knowledge and understanding of digital circuit design, and examines modern microcontroller architectures and the interface requirements to external systems. It also aims to provide you with practical skills necessary to design, analyse and implement electronic circuits controlled by microcontrollers and finite state machines.

Electric Machines
20 credits

This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the broad scientific and technological principles underpinning the operation of electrical machinery. You will rehearse practical skills in the use of mathematical methods for modelling and analysing problems related to rotating electrical machines and transformers. The use of test and measurement equipment in experimental laboratory work will also enhance your knowledge of electromagnetism and electromechanical energy conversion.

Linear Electronics
10 credits

This module aims to broaden your knowledge and understanding of linear electronic circuit design, and also to provide you with the practical skills necessary to design, analyse, simulate and manufacture electronic circuits. This module will provide you with the intermediate level tools and skills necessary to design, test, implement and manufacture electronic circuits.

Control System Design and Analysis
20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of the modelling, application, design and analysis of control systems with Matlab/Simulin. You will learn to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of dynamic system response and closed loop control, alongside the developing ability to design controllers and analyse system stability.

Electrical Engineering Practice 2
20 credits

The aim of the module is to enable you to develop the skills required to practice as a professional engineer. This module provides a broad range of experiences with an emphasis upon the systematic thinking, planning and execution required of engineers in a modern professional environment.

Applied Instrumentation
20 credits

The aim of the module is to introduce you to a graphical based programming language that enables the user to program via a CAD style environment enabling them to create virtual instruments as a base for data acquisition and instrument control.

Engineering Mathematics 2
10 credits

This module will provide a foundation in engineering mathematics for application to the solution of engineering problems.

Level 6

Core modules

10 credits

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of automation systems used in manufacturing and process industries.

Embedded Systems
20 credits

This module provides you with the capability to design and develop an embedded solution to an engineering problem. You will design and implement complex integrated hardware and software solutions to engineering problems, apply the software development lifecycle to projects, and compare microprocessor hardware to assess its suitability to specific engineering applications. 

Power Electronics, Drives and Systems
20 credits

This module develops your intellectual ability to select and apply appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysing problems. You will produce solutions to problems through the practical application of electrical power engineering and learn about the operation of power electronic converters, methods for variable speed operation of electric drives, and examples of power electronic converters in electric drives and power systems.

Process Control
20 credits

This module will enable you to appreciate the problems associated with the design of closed-loop control of process systems, alongside the principles of cascade, feedforward and ratio control. You will analyse non-linear process systems, systems containing large dead-time and coupled multi-loop systems.

Engineering Project
30 credits

The project aims to provide a supervised but student led learning activity in a relevant area of engineering or technology. It aims to develop the academic, technical and organisational skills required to undertake a substantial individual engineering project from specification to conclusion. In the context of the MEng/BEng Control and Automation Engineering, a project with a detailed design and analysis of a control system is appropriate. For example, modelling, simulation and testing of a PID control system. The project requires you to demonstrate good project management, critical evaluation and presentation skills.

Industrial Management
20 credits

This module is designed to develop the core management techniques required to design, implement and plan a new product or process.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures supported by small-group tutorials, plus seminars, design and building projects, online activities, and laboratory work.

During your first two years, formal teaching will account for around 18-20 hours per week, and you will be expected to spend approximately 30-32 hours in private study. As you progress through the course, independent study becomes more important and so the proportion of private study time increases to around 42 hours per week.

Work-related Learning

​This course offers an invaluable opportunity to undertake an industrial placement after your second year. This experience cannot be underestimated as it will give you a chance to put what you have learnt in the first two years into practice, enhance your skills and provide a taste of what it's really like to work in the industry. It will also give you a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

Embarking on any degree course can be daunting, and so to help you get to know your tutors and fellow students, we organise a three-day field trip to the Blue Peris Mountain Centre in Wales in your first year. Undoubtedly you will need academic and personal support at times during your course, and for this reason you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

Assessment is usually via a combination of exams and coursework, and sometimes by a portfolio of work, depending on the subject. A final year project gives you the chance to work independently and contributes considerably to your final mark. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.


What you can expect from your School

This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 112

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2-level (or equivalent) from Maths and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Further Maths, Electronics or Engineering.
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points with 5 IB points in HL Mathematics and 5 IB points in HL Physics.

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Alternative qualifications considered

​​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess.

We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject.

It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems

If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you! International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.