Industrial Automation (Advanced)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Applied Physics and Instrumentation

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    30th September 2022

Course Summary

The aim of this programme is to provide students with the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to become specialists in the application of state-of-the-art automation techniques across a range of industries. This is a specialised hands-on course that deals with essential topics for today’s automation engineers.The module content has a heavy emphasis on practical programming of a range of automated processes using a range of software tools such as DeltaV and SCADA.

Admission Requirements:

Ordinary degree or equivalent in Science/Technology/Engineering.


Equivalent recognition may be given through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis to candidates who have not achieved this academic standard but who can demonstrate significant relevant professional experience. Visit for more details.


Physical Sciences

Timing Details

Two evenings a week (3 hours per evening) for two semesters (13 weeks per semester).

All part-time programmes at MTU, Bishopstown Campus, Cork will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.


Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2021-2022 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.


For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students


Course Fee: €1,650.
However, students may pay per module. Please contact the Department Secretary, Nicola Byron by email


Duration & Delivery

The course delivery will be two evenings per week, along with a significant individual project in advanced industrial automation.



Certificate in Advanced Industrial Automation - Special purpose award. (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualification). 

MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.


Level 8 Certificate in Advanced Industrial Automation detailed module information here

The course modules are

  • Introduction to Industrial Automation
  • Industrial Automation & SCADA
  • Advanced Industrial Automation
  • Introduction to Process Control
  • Advanced Industrial Automation Project (10 credit module)


This programme is currently being replaced by a new 20credit (4x 5 credit modules)  level 8 SPA - Certificate in Distributed Control Systems and Industrial Networks.

The programme is designed for those looking to specialise in advanced automation skills (using Emerson DeltaV) and will be open for registration in September 2022.


For further details, please contact head of department Dr Donagh O'Mahony ( or programme coordinator Dr Natalia Rebrova (


  • Early registration is advisable as numbers of places on courses are limited.
  • Online application is open for course commencing 19th September 2022.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €250 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

    Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.


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James Barrett

Nicola Byron, Secretary, Department of Physical Sciences.

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