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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Fees:
    - per module £2000
    - Assessment fee per module £300
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The continuing need for advanced training in Process Automation in the UK is demonstrated from the support of PACT  (Partnership in Automation and Control Training) over more than 20 years. The aim of PACT is to enable companies in the UK chemicals, process, oil and energy sectors to maintain and improve their competitive edge by creating a supply of personnel who understand and are able to effectively apply both classical and modern automation techniques. It is proposed to expand the programme to attract international students. There is evidence that the advanced training in Process Automation is needed internationally.

*This programme will no longer run after the 2018/19 academic year - the final module will take place 16-20 September 2019*

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Course aims

This programme in Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control is comprised of a suite of 16 modules. Some modules are of a foundation nature, the emphasis being on breadth rather than depth. Their purpose is to fill in gaps in delegates’ background knowledge. The emphasis of the other modules is on depth of understanding, whether that be theoretical, technological or applications orientated.

Who should attend?

Modules are aimed at all external professionals, concerned with process automation, either in the design and development of control and related systems, in their application, or in the operation and the management thereof.  Although there are no strict entry requirements, you will need to send a brief history/short CV demonstrating your industry background and experience before registering.  This can be sent to Kathryn Gresty

Course structure

All the modules of the IGDS have a similar pattern. Modules are structured but the atmosphere is relaxed. Dress code is informal.

Tuition is intensive, starting at 08.30 and going through to 19.30 daily, with the following exceptions:

  • Monday mornings when the module commences at 09.30.
  • Thursday afternoons when tuition ceases at 17.00 prior to the course dinner.
  • Friday mornings when tuition commences at 09.00. This provides extra time for delegates checking out of the hotel and is nothing to do with the course dinner!
  • Friday afternoons when the module finishes at approx 15.00 to enable delegates to make an early start on their journeys home.


Tuition time is broken down into blocks of 1 to1½ hours.  For the purpose of maintaining interest and concentration, there is a policy of having as much variety in activity as is practicable.  This variety comes in the form of a mixture of lectures, tutorials (worked examples), demonstrations, practical work, simulation exercises, case studies, and so on.  The mix of activity varies from one module to another. 

There is also a policy of having as much interaction with the lecturers as possible.  Typically there are 4 to 5 lecturers involved in each module, some more, some less.  In general there is a bigger proportion of academics involved in delivering the more theoretical (RHS) modules and a bigger proportion of industrialists involved in the more technology oriented (LHS) modules. 

Refreshments & Dinner

There are always breaks of approx ½ hour at mid morning, mid afternoon and before the evening session. Refreshments will be provided by the department. 

By tradition there is always a course dinner on the Thursday evening. This is usually at a restaurant within the city or environs. Dress code is ‘casually sophisticated’.

Note that the cost of the dinner and refreshments is included in the module fees.