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This MSc course explores the way we think about and approach tasks or situations. Everyone brings with them their own perspective, which means that we all see things in different ways. Read more
This MSc course explores the way we think about and approach tasks or situations. Everyone brings with them their own perspective, which means that we all see things in different ways. The discipline of systems thinking in practice will provide you with the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations, consider the roles other people play, and assess how different components within those situations are related. You will also develop the skills needed to think more holistically and work more collaboratively to avoid systemic failures.

Key features of the course

•Offers you the choice of a research route or a professional route
•Both routes develop essential skills for addressing systems thinking issues systematically in your own context, and extend your knowledge of recent research and research methods
•Concludes with either a substantial piece of independent study on a topic of professional interest to you, or a more academic in-depth research project.

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England. For more information, see our fees and funding web page.

You can take a number of different routes towards your qualification. Please visit our website to see some suggested routes.

Modules

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Stage 1

60 credits of compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules

• Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)
• Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)

Plus

60 credits from List A:

Please see the module descriptions for any specific entry requirements before making your choice.

List A – optional modules

• Advanced routing - CCNP 1 (T824)
• Capacities for managing development (T878)
• Conflict and development (T879)
• Continuing professional development in practice (U810)
• Data management (M816)
• Development: context and practice (T877)
• Digital forensics (M812)
• Earth science: a systems approach (S808)
• Entrepreneurship: experience and perspective (BB846)
• Information security (M811)
• Institutional development: conflicts, values and meanings (TU872)
• Leadership and management in intercultural contexts (BB848)
• Leading healthcare improvements (K827)
• MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716)
• MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (fast-track)* (BXFT716)
• Making environmental decisions (T891)
• Management beyond the mainstream (BB847)
• Managing for sustainability (T867)
• Managing technological innovation (T848)
• Manufacture materials design (T805)
• Marketing in the 21st century (BB844)
• Multi-layer switching - CCNP 3 (T826)
• Network security (T828)
• Optimising networks - CCNP 4 (T827)
• Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889)
• Project management (M815)
• Software development (M813)
• Software engineering (M814)
• Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)
• Strategic human resource management (BB845)
• Sustainable creative management (BB842)

* This version is for accelerated study and requires you to devote 20-25 hours a week to your studies.

Completion of Stage 1 will entitle you to claim the Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice (E28).

Plus

Stage 2

This MSc offers a choice of routes after you have completed Stage 1; a research route or a more business-oriented professional route.

60 credits from either the Research route or the Professional route:

Research route

Compulsory module

• Research project (T802)

Professional route

Compulsory module

• The MSc professional project (T847)

Plus an additional 30 credits from List A in Stage 1 above

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us. Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information on how to apply.

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This course has been designed with industry to meet the challenge of interdependence between sophisticated engineered systems of all kinds. Read more
This course has been designed with industry to meet the challenge of interdependence between sophisticated engineered systems of all kinds. It is often taken in its part-time format.

It is aimed at engineers who have specialised in a traditional discipline but are now expected to understand, operate in, develop and integrate entire systems that are not only increasingly complex but rapidly changing.

The block taught format of the programme and the option to elect assessment by coursework rather than exam makes it a popular part time course and a CPD option.

Core study areas include systems thinking, systems architecture, systems design, verification and validation, and an individual project.

Optional study areas include enterprise systems management, holistic engineering (industry-led module), sensors and actuators for control, imagineering technologies, engineering and management of capability and understanding complexity.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/eese/systems-engineering/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
• Systems Thinking
• Systems Architecture
• Systems Design
• Validation & Verification
• Individual Project

Optional Modules (choose four):
• Enterprise Systems Engineering
• Holistic Engineering (industry-led module)
• Sensors and Actuators for Control
• Imagineering Technologies
• Engineering and Management of Capability
• Understanding Complexity

Block taught, individual modules are also highly suitable as CPD for professional engineers working onsystems engineering projects and challenges.

How you will learn

The curriculum stimulates thinking and extends the capabilities of technical managers and engineers to handle complexity, enabling them to remain effective in the workplace by providing:
- an integrated systems engineering view of inter-related technologies, processes, tools, techniques and their effective use;

- essential systems skills such as model-based systems architecture and design, against a background of the need for traceability in managing complex projects;

- knowledge and technical expertise in a range of systems technologies;

- experience of the importance to ultimate success of effective, integrated, multi-skilled project teams working in extended enterprises beyond the confines of any particular organisation;

- increased depth of technical and management knowledge through elective modules; and

- the ability to transfer systems skills and knowledge into the workplace through the individual master’s project.

Teaching staff comprise a varied skill set of international expertise to give the broadest perspectives and modules frequently feature master classes from industry practitioners.

- Assessment
There is the option to complete without written examinations as all compulsory modules are assessed by coursework. Where examinations are taken these are in January and May.

Facilities

We employ advanced modelling, simulation and interactive visualisation tools and techniques to enable you to gain greater understanding of the performance, behaviour and emergent properties of advanced technology and complex systems.

Many of these facilities are part of the Advanced VR Research Centre ( AVRRC) http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/avrrc/facilities/

Careers and further study

Graduates of this course gain capabilities that are in global demand across a range of sectors and which can be applied to the challenges and issues posed by any complex system design and operation.

Promotion within their company for sponsored students is common since the course enables them to match higher job expectations and demands. Employed students often bring a work-relevant topic to their individual project giving the opportunity to display newly acquired skills.

Why choose electronic, electrical and systems engineering at Loughborough?

We develop and nurture the world’s top engineering talent to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. All of our Masters programmes are accredited by one or more of the following professional bodies: the IET, IMechE, InstMC, Royal Aeronautical Society and the Energy Institute.

We carefully integrate our research and education programmes in order to support the technical and commercial needs of society and to extend the boundaries of current knowledge.

Consequently, our graduates are highly sought after by industry and commerce worldwide, and our programmes are consistently ranked as excellent in student surveys, including the National Student Survey, and independent assessments.

- Facilities
Our facilities are flexible and serve to enable our research and teaching as well as modest preproduction testing for industry.
Our extensive laboratories allow you the opportunity to gain crucial practical skills and experience in some of the latest electrical and electronic experimental facilities and using industry standard software.

- Research
We are passionate about our research and continually strive to strengthen and stimulate our portfolio. We have traditionally built our expertise around the themes of communications, energy and systems, critical areas where technology and engineering impact on modern life.

- Career prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They go on to work with companies such as Accenture, BAE Systems, E.ON, ESB International, Hewlett Packard, Mitsubishi, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, Rolls Royce and Siemens AG.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/eese/systems-engineering/

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Are you dismayed, disturbed and totally disenchanted with what is happening to the only real planetary home we have? So are we. But are you also excited by the opportunities and prospects this opens up for us to create a better, brighter and more beautiful world? So are we. Read more

Are you dismayed, disturbed and totally disenchanted with what is happening to the only real planetary home we have? So are we.

But are you also excited by the opportunities and prospects this opens up for us to create a better, brighter and more beautiful world? So are we.

Then join us in this innovative new postgraduate programme from Schumacher College in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University, the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, the Dartington Hall Trust and surrounding communities.

Ecological Design Thinking

Never has there been a more important time for a new approach for engaging with the challenging situations we face from the local to the global levels. In a rapidly changing dynamic situation, solutions rarely remain optimal for very long and continuous active participation is a necessary ingredient for success. Growing resilience in individuals and communities is the way to keep going despite the continuous change around us.

Our programme in Ecological Design Thinking embraces and explores this complex world of interactions with lively engagement and an optimistic approach. It offers powerful, practical and ecology-centred skills and knowledge to apply to a diverse range of practices from design, education and business to the more specific roles of leadership, management and consultancy.

The Ecological Design Thinking programme is trans-disciplinary, insightful and universal in its application; pragmatic and integrative in its operation. It brings together theoretical and practical discourses on ecologically inspired design, with methods of design thinking that are merged with the latest developments in anthropology, psychology and socio- political economics. It aims to create a novel ground for change makers at the forefront of our transition to sustainable societies.

Ecologically inspired design includes the study of ecological worldviews, systems dynamics and applied complexity theory alongside the philosophies and practices of permaculture and biomimetic design.

Design thinking is a well-established participatory technique grounded in the empathic understanding of the feelings, experiences and emotions of others. It engages people in lively conversations, visually stimulated interactions and playful prototyping. It frames problems as opportunities, forms insights and generates creative and collaborative solutions in complex situations.

The Ecological Design thinking programme aims to provide a nourishing environment for participants by incorporating short-courses led by internationally recognised thinkers, place-making projects in collaboration with the Dartington Hall Trust, the home of Schumacher College, and short placements offered by external partner organisations.

This programme is the fourth radical postgraduate programme developed at Schumacher College and contributes to and enhance the College’s ongoing collaborative inquiry into sustainable living – a live and networked inquiry of practice underway around the world by the College’s 20,000 alumni and others.

Who is this course for?

We would be delighted to receive your application whether you are coming directly from an undergraduate degree, taking time-out to study mid-career or wanting an opportunity to develop your understanding of a practice that is of great importance to all of our futures. We encourage applications from community practitioners and activists as well as planners, educators, architects, politicians and policy makers. You do not necessarily need a first degree in design to apply for this course. You only need to be enthusiastic, resilient and committed.

We are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-design new approaches to the way we live that are socially just and ecologically sustainable. We are looking for those prepared to take risks and stand on the cutting-edge of new practices in this area.

Schumacher College welcomes students from all over the world in a diverse mix of cultural experience and age that allows for rich peer- to- peer learning.

You Will Learn

  • The foundation of an ecological worldview through subjects such as ecology, deep ecology, systems thinking, complexity science and Gaia theory.
  • Living systems principles through the philosophy and practice of permaculture design, biophilia and biomimicry.
  • Creative and process-focused problem solving techniques by applying the methods and principles of design thinking
  • A multi-perspective appreciation of ethical issues and their implications for the future consequences of redesigning existing systems and creating new ones.
  • To apply ecological design thinking knowledge and skills to the design of social systems as a part of an emerging new economics
  • Personal and group enquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature and between theory and practice
  • Co-creative participatory practices and theoretical principles for new approaches to the ecological design process that include a range of stakeholders in the full lifecycle of projects, and you will apply these both in the studio, on the Dartington Hall Estate and in short placements on live projects

Special Features

An interdisciplinary programme integrating design methods with those of ecology and the social sciences.

An integrative design programme rooted in deep ecological understanding and practice and informed by cutting edge thinking in new economic approaches and social dynamics.

A balanced distribution of time and resources on skill-based and cognitive-based knowledge and between practice and theory.

Access to some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in design, Gaia theory, complexity, climate science, systems thinking, new economics and social change.

Short courses led by internationally recognised thinkers and researchers.

Short practical placements with a range of partner organisations operating at the leading edge of social innovation.

An immersive, integrative and transformational teaching and learning approach rooted in the principles established by Schumacher College and Dartington Hall, and engaged in a living and working community on and around the Dartington Estate in Devon.

Where you will go?

Ecological Design Thinking can be applied to a wide range of contexts, from the personal to the societal. This programme aims to create a new generation of designers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, educators, researchers, consultants and activists. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work for sustainable change in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society, or to set up their own projects or organisations that will contribute to the transformation of society.



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The Systems Analysis and Design pathway gives students an understanding of how technological information systems work, enabling them to deliver IT-based solutions, such as enterprise systems to business and organisations. You’ll learn how to manage data to deliver actionable business insight using creative, sophisticated techniques to solve complex business issues. . Read more

The Systems Analysis and Design pathway gives students an understanding of how technological information systems work, enabling them to deliver IT-based solutions, such as enterprise systems to business and organisations. You’ll learn how to manage data to deliver actionable business insight using creative, sophisticated techniques to solve complex business issues. 

Commercial focus

Students will learn how systems ‘think’ and be able to apply their understanding to systems analysis and design methodology to enable them to plan, manage and design and implement information management projects.

After you’ve graduated

Our graduates leave us prepared to take on a range of jobs in the digital economy, from systems analysis and design, to product development and management consulting. Among other organisations, our alumni join financial services firms, IT companies, consulting firms, software houses, healthcare and the public sector.

Not sure which pathway to choose from 3 choices? Apply for the one that you feel fits you better and you will be able to change the pathway within the first few weeks from your arrival to the university.

Why Henley?

  • Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US
  • Excellent networking potential : 72,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events
  • Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

Course content

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

In addition students must choose two optional module from the list below.

Please note there is no guarantee that in any one year all modules will be available. 

How we teach you

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen. It also requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Henley is renowned for its well-researched, professional approach to this aspect of business education and all our postgraduate programmes examine this aspect of leadership - helping to create emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley Business School enjoys a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts, underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders, a thread that runs through all of our Masters programmes.

Our postgraduate masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual personal development needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This stimulating mix of lectures and interactive tutorials provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues and tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry, giving you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations form around 70% of the assessed work with the remaining 30% coming from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme. The exam period falls between April and June in the summer term, with students taking an average of 5 or 6 exams. Graduation normally takes place in December.

Ongoing support

While postgraduate students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss the content of each module and your personal tutor can meet with you regularly to discuss any additional issues. Full-time support staff are also available to help with any questions or issues that may arise during your time at Henley

Careers and accreditations

Each pathway of our MSc Information Management is designed to give a rigorous academic understanding of real-life and current business issues. Graduates of the Systems Analysis and Design pathway will be equipped to manage and utilize information resources in various business fields including business & management, construction management and healthcare through a thorough understanding of systems analysis and design methodology.

A number of our students join our PhD programmes each year.

Students who pass the module INMR66 – Business Domain and Requirements Analysis with a mark of 60 or above will be eligible for the British Computer Society Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice. 



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Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand. Read more

Managing information is a competitive necessity for organisations worldwide. New information communication technologies have led to growth, opportunity and disruption for businesses, and the skills to drive opportunity through information management are in high demand.

This Masters gives you the skills and knowledge to engage with the information society as a leader, innovator and entrepreneurial manager.

You’ll learn to understand and integrate contemporary theory while exploring the latest trends. Taught by our leading academics and business practitioners, you’ll be shown how to select and use cutting-edge tools and techniques to solve complex business challenges, with opportunities to gain hands-on experience through live case studies and projects.

You’ll benefit from interaction with leading UK and European businesses through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops, all of which help you prepare for the challenges of a fast-changing sector.

Academic excellence

This Masters is supported by an advisory board, with representatives from leading UK and international businesses including IBM, Ericsson, Lloyds Banking Group and Thales Group. They advise on content, deliver guest lectures, provide dissertation projects and offer site visits. You’ll benefit from a curriculum developed in collaboration with these partners, which allows us to focus our teaching on the skills most relevant to the workplace.

Teaching on the MSc is informed by leading scholars from the AIMTech Research Centre at Leeds University Business School, one of Europe’s most influential research centres in Information Systems and Information Management.

The centre has a tradition of cutting-edge research subjects, including how ICT drives organisations, information sharing in disasters, ICT in developing countries (ICT4D) and the design and evaluation of mobile information systems.

Course content

Core modules will develop your understanding of research design and introduce you to systems thinking. This will prepare you to study the concepts and perspectives of the design and build of information systems, and you’ll also learn more about entrepreneurship.

You’ll explore approaches and techniques in strategic management, as well as applying your knowledge to real-life scenarios to develop professional skills. At the same time you’ll examine the importance of information management as a core business activity and how it is put to use in different organisations.

You’ll also examine the ways in which businesses use information in analytics and decision science, and broaden your knowledge by studying innovation in the context of operations management and information systems.

By the end of the course, you’ll submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice to focus on a specific question in-depth. You may be able to choose a topic set by one of our industry partners, demonstrating your knowledge and skills in an area of clear interest to organisations.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Dissertation 30 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Challenges in Information Management 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Designing Information Systems 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking 15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits
  • Operations, Information Systems and Innovation 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Information Systems and Information Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork, workshops, group learning or computer classes. You’ll also have chances to enhance your learning through panel discussions, mentoring sessions and workshops with our industry partners and guest speakers.

Independent study is also vital to this course, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

This Masters prepares you for a range of careers related to information management. Graduates can consider a management position in information systems, information management, senior IT or business analysis roles, or may pursue a dynamic career as a technology innovator or leader.

The emergence of social media, wireless communications, the cloud, big data and mobile technologies are all creating challenges for managers and organisations. Alongside accelerating information flows, complexity and volume, the skills to manage and drive opportunity through this information are now vital for most organisations.

The skills to meet this need are scarce, particularly amongst managers. As a result, many organisations struggle with this area of business and demand for professionals with these skills is strong as a result. This course is designed to meet the expectations of both leading organisations and individuals who wish to pursue a career in information systems and information management.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.



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The Systems Engineering Management MSc has been specifically designed for the needs of engineering professionals working in the field of complex systems development. Read more

The Systems Engineering Management MSc has been specifically designed for the needs of engineering professionals working in the field of complex systems development. The programme encompasses not only the technical tools and approaches needed to build success in this area, but also the management dimension of the relevant processes.

About this degree

Students gain an integrated, interdisciplinary view of complex systems and an advanced understanding of the systems engineering process. They gain the ability to apply this process to a variety of real-world situations and the management skills necessary to facilitate the development of complex systems on time and within budget.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core taught modules (60 credits) two optional taught modules (30 credits) and three research modules (90 credits). Modules are generally taught as intensive five-day 'block weeks' to minimise time away from the office.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one academic year, or flexible study up to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks, or flexible study up to three years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Systems Thinking and Engineering Management
  • The Business Environment
  • Risk, Reliability, Resilience
  • Lifecycle Management

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Systems Design
  • Technology Strategy
  • Project Management (leading to Association for Project Management exam)
  • Delivering Complex Projects
  • Defence and Security Systems
  • Rail Systems
  • Space Systems

Research modules

All MSc students undertake a structured research programme comprising the following mandatory modules:

  • Systems Engineering in Practice (15 credits)
  • Systems Engineering Project Concept (15 credits)
  • Systems Engineering Research Project (60 credits)

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, discussion sessions, workshop activity, and project work. Each taught course will be separately assessed through a combination of course work and a written examination. The project will be assessed through written dissertation and subsequent oral examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Systems Engineering Management MSc

Careers

Complex systems are commonplace in many branches of UK industry including rail, aerospace, defence, and manufacturing. The ability to create such systems effectively is crucial to the competitiveness of these industries and has a direct bearing on the wealth of the nation.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Engineering Manager, BAE Systems
  • Systems Engineer, BIG
  • Analyst, Accenture
  • Proposals engineer, Invensys PLC

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MSc combines academic rigour with the practical expertise exemplified by our collaborators in UK industry and government. The flexible programme enables participants to structure their studies to suit their own career goals, and is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as a programme of further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

The programme combines interactive lectures, group exercises and case studies to reinforce key points. Lecturers are experts in the field, many of whom have engaged in the practice of systems engineering in industry, and all of whom oversee research across a broad range of subjects relating to systems engineering, project management and technology management.

Industry is operating in an environment where technology changes rapidly, and where global competition grows ever more intensive. The challenge to remain competitive means we must make the right thing at the right price. Our MSc equips graduates with the skills to meet this challenge.



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Enterprise Systems Management is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to pursue careers as managers and leaders in implementing technology-based information systems solutions to achieve business excellence. Read more
Enterprise Systems Management is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to pursue careers as managers and leaders in implementing technology-based information systems solutions to achieve business excellence.

What's covered in the course?

To understand the design of Enterprise Systems and the benefits, you will firstly gain a broader understanding of systems thinking. Case studies and live project briefs underpin reinforcement of the learning and teaching.

The modules studied in this highly rigorous course are directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs. You will be challenged to think outside the box, and apply knowledge and skills to provide robust and innovative solutions to a range of business problems.

You will study at our Enterprise Systems Centre at the City Centre Campus, where you will learn how modern management information systems are structured, how they are managed and the issues in integrating them to support effective management of robust business processes.

You will also be given access to SAP systems based on a virtual industry. This practical element of your programme provides an applied learning experience to develop knowledge in enterprise systems.

The Master's Project module will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to practical problems and investigate an enterprise systems management research topic.

Why choose us?

-The course explores systems and activities within an enterprise that bring together processes, people and technology to help streamline operations to gain competitive advantages, improved performance and reduced operational costs, as well as implementing efficient business processes and improving real-time decision-making capabilities.
-Enterprise Systems Management students will have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.
-You will participate in ERPsim to gain experience of enterprise systems, using virtual business scenarios to evaluate the impact of integration of processes on manufacturing and business analytics.
-The Faculty is a member of SAP University Alliance. This programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake SAP certification in a number of key areas including enterprise resources planning (ERP) and business warehouse (BW).

Course in depth

Our teaching philosophy revolves around you both ‘learning by doing’ and also transferring acquired knowledge to others. Activities will be conducted both individually and in teams, with tutors providing leadership and mentoring aimed at supporting your transition into independent learners. In this partnership, we will be encouraging you to become proactive, so that you can develop your confidence to undertake a range of progressively complex and challenging tasks.

We expect you to attend all teaching sessions, as well as to read and prepare before these sessions. Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advanced preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars.

You will be assessed in a number of different ways, including coursework, patchwork assessment, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.

Semester One
-Enterprise Systems 20 credits
-Manufacturing Systems 20 credits
-Strategic Information Systems Planning 20 credits

Semester Two
-Technology Relationship Management 20 credits
-Business Intelligence and Technology Entrepreneurship 20 credits
-Principles of Project Management 20 credits

Semester Three
Postgraduate Project 60 credits

Accreditation

The Faculty is a member of SAP University Alliance. This programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake SAP Certification in a number of key areas, including enterprise resources planning (ERP) and business warehouse (BW).

Enterprise Systems Management students have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.

Enhancing your employability skills

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:
-Is professional and work-ready
-Is a creative problem solver
-Is enterprising
-Has a global outlook

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extracurricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills, enhancing your employment options when you leave university.

The programme will help you with crafting your CV, personal statements, covering letters and presentations, and will also help you seek part-time work experience and voluntary placements.

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Why this course?. The management of large complex systems engineering projects demands a unique set of skills that are not taught within conventional engineering or business management programmes. Read more

Why this course?

The management of large complex systems engineering projects demands a unique set of skills that are not taught within conventional engineering or business management programmes.

The aim of this programme is to develop systems engineering management capability by creating graduates who understand the complexities of the management situations they face, and who can apply systems thinking approaches and techniques in order to address the challenge of managing the complexity between the technical system being developed and the people and organisations that are responsible.

You'll focus on engineered systems, however, many of the skills and techniques you'll acquire are equally applicable to other complex systems such as manufacturing and organisations.

The programme is based within the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, the only department in the UK combining end-to-end expertise from creative design, through engineering design, manufacture and management of the entire system.

Our work in partnership with a number of global companies with extensive systems engineering expertise, not only ensures our teaching is based on the latest research and the skills you gain are cutting edge and relevant, it also enables us to incorporate practical challenges and solutions in the programme, through your project work with an industrial partner.

The right course for you

This course is ideal for:

  • project managers who need to develop their skills to address the challenges of large systems engineering projects.
  • recent graduates from any engineering discipline, either employed within or interested in systems engineering industries, looking to develop their skills to enhance their career.
  • staff and graduates who'd like to move into leading-edge systems engineering research or consultancy careers.

Develop your skills

This course will help you develop a unique set of skills that'll help you manage systems engineering projects. We have a strong track record of world-leading systems engineering management research.

 

You'll gain skills in:

  • systems decomposition and integration.
  • management of complexity and uncertainty within engineering, business and socio-technical systems.
  • processes for managing the lifecycle of systems.
  • verification and validation

You’ll study

You'll take a number of compulsory and optional modules. The Masters project provides the opportunity to work with an industrial partner.

Major Projects 

During the course, you'll undertake an Individual Project and an Industrial Group Project. These will help you to develop and apply your skills as a Systems Engineering Manager within the real world.

The Industrial Group Project will give you the opportunity to work as part of a team. You'll develop your people and project management and leadership skills. You'll do this by applying systems engineering management principles to address a practical problem for an industrial client, gaining direct industry experience. These Industrial Group Projects work in conjunction with major organisations that face challenges with the management of major systems engineering projects and have a demand for the skills gained from this course.

Careers

Industries that lead the development of aerospace, automotive, civil and construction, defence, electronics, infrastructure, and power generation projects have identified that systems engineering management skills are the scarcest in the sector and are a rare commodity in today’s recruitment environment.



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The MSc in Information Systems aims to provide a bridge between technology and management, by developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective practitioner in an Information Systems-rich environment. Read more
The MSc in Information Systems aims to provide a bridge between technology and management, by developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective practitioner in an Information Systems-rich environment. The award is appropriate for those that wish to develop their knowledge and skills in this discipline with a view to moving into Information Systems management.

This course is ideal if you want to combine current academic knowledge and skills in information systems with leading industry practice. The additional embedding of the SAP Business Suite within the curriculum means that you’ll be suited to a wide range of careers within the public and private sectors when you graduate.

The course will help you to develop the skills you need to understand business, communicate effectively with others, organise, plan and develop computer systems. It introduces the SAP Business Suite and the concepts of enterprise application software.
You’ll develop an understanding of how information systems fit into organisations and you’ll be able to work on the management and deployment of information systems at strategic levels within any organisation.
After completing this course, you will have a good understanding of many of the challenges facing corporate business and IT and how the latest SAP products provide solutions to these challenges.

Course content

The award is concerned with those areas of computing fundamental to the use and development of IT as a tool to support the objectives of an organisation. These include, for example, from the study of information systems methodologies, IT for strategic management, IT infrastructure, cloud-based service infrastructure, database systems technology, and e/m-commerce. The study of Information Systems is pivotal in understanding how computing technologies can be successfully used to enhance the operational effectiveness and strategic competitiveness of organisations. On completion of the award you will have developed detailed knowledge and understanding of specific areas in Information Systems and the ability to apply this knowledge in an academic or commercial context.

The award also aims to instil sound academic & professional skills required for lifelong learning & development - for example, skills in research methods, critical thinking & analysis, academic and professional report writing, and communication skills.

Other distinctive features:
-Research-informed teaching that has direct value to industry, commerce and to you as an IT industry professional.
-You will develop a critical perspective of Information Systems thinking and be able to apply this to a range of scenarios
-A well-structured and directed programme of learning
-You will develop skills in undertaking research and engaging with scholarly activity.
-MSc teaching expertise based on scholarship and research undertaken in our four Applied Research Centres.
-The knowledge and understanding that you develop will make you a valuable intellectual asset in both academia and industry. Thus, the award will provide you with competitive and professional advantage.
-The award will allow you to demonstrate a critical awareness of current research, advanced scholarship, contemporary problems and new insights in Information Systems Management
-The chance to focus on a subject area of interest and the opportunity to develop this even further by undertaking an associated dissertation.
-Access to a wide range of facilities, including laboratories housing specialist computing equipment and software
-Opportunity to apply for an Industrial Placement (Internship), with assistance from our placements team

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This Postgraduate Certificate is designed for engineering professionals who are interested in developing their careers into systems engineering or project management roles in the rail domain. Read more

This Postgraduate Certificate is designed for engineering professionals who are interested in developing their careers into systems engineering or project management roles in the rail domain.

About this degree

Students will develop a powerful set of skills and knowledge about rail systems and gain awareness and understanding of the economic and organisational context within which rail systems are developed, including the limitations these can impose. Depending on the modules chosen, students may focus more on business, project management, reliability or design aspects.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of four taught modules of 15 credits each.

Core modules

Students must take Rail Systems (15 credits) and either three from the list below or two from the list below and one optional module.

  • Business Environment
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Risk, Reliability, Resilience
  • Systems Thinking and Engineering Management

Optional modules

  • Systems Design
  • Technology Strategy
  • Project Management (leading to Association for Project Management exam)
  • Delivering Complex Projects

Teaching and learning

The programme consists of four taught modules, each of which is delivered as a five-day block week consisting of a blend of interactive lectures, small-group exercises and presentations, case studies and workshop activity. Formative feedback is given to students throughout the modules. Modules are formally assessed through coursework to be completed a few weeks after the module, and for some modules there is also a short test or a 1.5 hour written examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Rail Systems Engineering PG Cert

Funding

Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Students who have studied this subject have found employment as systems engineers, engineering managers, project managers and consultants in rail, construction, engineering, IT and many other areas.

Employability

Systems engineering is a highly sought-after expertise, particularly in engineering and technology-based organisations.

The programme's industrial advisory board ensures that the subjects students learn about cover the key issues faced by industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme combines interactive lectures, group exercises and case studies to reinforce key points. Lecturers are experts in the field, many of whom have engaged in the practice of systems engineering in industry, and all of whom oversee research across a broad range of subjects relating to systems engineering, project management and technology management.

Students with this degree will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to further their careers. They will be able to build their professional contacts with like-minded individuals from different organisations.

On successful completion of the 60-credit programme, students may choose to apply to transfer their credit towards a 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma or a 180-credit MSc in Systems Engineering Management.

Accreditation:

The MSc in Systems Engineering Management (which students may choose to go on to study on successful completion of this Postgraduate Certificate) is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.



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This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed for engineering professionals who are interested in developing their careers into systems engineering or project management roles in the defence and security domains. Read more

This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed for engineering professionals who are interested in developing their careers into systems engineering or project management roles in the defence and security domains

About this degree

Students will develop a powerful set of skills and knowledge about defence and security systems and gain awareness and understanding of the economic and organisational context within which defence and security systems are developed, including the limitations these can impose. Depending on the modules chosen, students may focus more on business, project management, reliability or design aspects.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of four taught modules of 15 credits each.

Core modules

Students must take Defence and Security Systems (15 credits) and either three from the list below or two from the list below and one optional module.

  • Business Environment
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Risk, Reliability and Resilience
  • Systems Thinking and Engineering Management

Optional modules

  • Delivering Complex Projects
  • Project Management (leading to Association for Project Management examination)
  • Systems Design
  • Technology Strategy

Teaching and learning

The programme consists of four taught modules, each of which is delivered as a five-day block week consisting of a blend of interactive lectures, small-group exercises and presentations, case studies and workshop activity. Formative feedback is given to students throughout the modules. Modules are formally assessed through coursework to be completed a few weeks after the module, and for some modules there is also a short test or a 1.5 hour written examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Defence Systems Engineering PG Cert

Careers

Students who have studied this subject have found employment in defence, aerospace, rail, construction, cybersecurity, engineering, IT, management consultancy and many other areas.

Employability

Systems engineering is a highly sought-after expertise, particularly in engineering and technology-based organisations.

The programme's industrial advisory board ensures that the subjects students learn about cover the key issues faced by industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme combines interactive lectures, group exercises and case studies to reinforce key points. Lecturers are experts in the field, many of whom have engaged in the practice of systems engineering in industry, and all of whom oversee research across a broad range of subjects relating to systems engineering, project management and technology management.

Students with this degree will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to further their careers. They will be able to build their professional contacts with like-minded individuals from different organisations.

On successful completion of the 60-credit programme, students may choose to apply to transfer their credit towards a 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma or a 180-credit MSc in Systems Engineering Management.

Accreditation

The MSc in Systems Engineering Management (which students may choose to go on to study on successful completion of this Postgraduate Certificate) is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Space & Climate Physics

90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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A unique qualification. Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia. The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. Read more

A unique qualification

Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia.

The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. The only graduate-level tertiary academic qualification in quality management throughout New Zealand and Australia, it will give you a career advantage in seeking positions related to quality management.

Gain from our experience

Massey staff have been teaching, training, consulting and researching in this area for over 25 years giving us a wide base of knowledge and experience across a range of sectors.

What will you learn?

This programme focuses on developing critical awareness of and expertise in the following areas:

  • quality management and its component aspects (inspection, quality control, assurance and continual improvement).
  • contemporary quality thinking and methods including ISO systems, statistical thinking, systems thinking, Business Excellence, lean and six sigma improvement.
  • the application of management theory to quality systems
  • ability to conduct self-directed research in an aspect of quality management theory or practice
  • research methods
  • management of people undertaking quality projects and the people-related aspects of quality programme implementation

Topics you will study include quality management, statistical methods for quality and six sigma performance improvement, service quality, quality in human resource management and supply chain systems analysis. A research methods course gives you the skills to undertake in-depth research, followed by your own in-depth research (thesis) on an area of interest to you. See ‘planning’ tab for detail on all courses.

Lecturer expertise

You will benefit from your lecturers’ real-world experience and continual involvement in research and academic debate around key quality issues. Award-winning, they are widely published in key international journals, including a staff member who is an associate editor of the international journal Total Quality Management and Business Excellence. Their experience includes senior roles in industries as varied as oil and gas, engineering, IT, the electrical utility industry, project management, nursing, health care, primary industries and of course quality assurance. 

Contemporary, relevant learning

You will gain an in-depth insight into the most recent thinking and related approaches in this area.

The Master of Quality Systems gives you a comprehensive understanding of the various functions that coexist and interrelate in a quality-systems oriented organisation. You will learn the tools and techniques used within the context of management and leadership of modern organisational systems.

Take less of your time

The Master of Quality Systems has reduced in 2015 from 240 credits to 180 credits. What this means is that you can now complete this qualification in 1.5 years of full-time study. The 180 credits incorporate the Post Graduate Diploma level qualification, which is a possible exit point after 120 credits are obtained. If you study part-time the qualification takes between 2.5 and five years.

Study from wherever you are

This programme is available via distance learning meaning that you can fit study towards this qualification around your work and lifestyle commitments.

Nationally-endorsed

This programme is endorsed by the New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ) and the UK Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)



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This Postgraduate Certificate is designed for engineering professionals who are interested in developing their careers into systems engineering or project management roles in the space domain. Read more

This Postgraduate Certificate is designed for engineering professionals who are interested in developing their careers into systems engineering or project management roles in the space domain.

About this degree

Students will develop a powerful set of skills and knowledge about space systems and gain awareness and understanding of the economic and organisational context within which space sytems are developed including the limitations these can impose. Depending on the modules chosen, students may focus more on business, project management, reliability or design aspects.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of four taught modules of 15 credits each.

Core modules

Students must take Space Systems (15 credits) and either three from the list below or two from the list below and one optional module.

  • Business Environment
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Risk, Reliability and Resilience
  • Systems Thinking and Engineering Management

Optional modules

  • Systems Design
  • Technology Strategy
  • Project Management (leading to Association for Project Management exam)
  • Delivering Complex Projects

Teaching and learning

The programme consists of four taught modules, each of which is delivered as a five-day block week consisting of a blend of interactive lectures, small-group exercises and presentations, case studies and workshop activity. Formative feedback is given to students throughout the modules. Modules are formally assessed through coursework to be completed a few weeks after the module, and for some modules there is also a short test or a 1.5 hour written examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Space Systems Engineering PG Cert

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Students who have studied this subject have found employment in aerospace, defence, communications, rail, construction, engineering, IT, management consultancy and many other areas.

Employability

Systems engineering is a highly sought-after expertise, particularly in engineering and technology-based organisations.

The programme's industrial advisory board ensures that the subjects students learn about cover the key issues faced by industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme combines interactive lectures, group exercises and case studies to reinforce key points. Lecturers are experts in the field, many of whom have engaged in the practice of systems engineering in industry, and all of whom oversee research across a broad range of subjects relating to systems engineering, project management and technology management.

Students with this degree will gain the skills, knowledege and confidence to further their careers. They will be able to build their professional contacts with like-minded individuals from different organisations.

On completion of the 60-credit programme, students may choose to apply to transfer their credit towards a 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma or a 180-credit MSc in Systems Engineering Management.

Accreditation:

The MSc in Systems Engineering Management (which students may choose to go on to study on successful completion of this Postgraduate Certificate) is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.



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Created in partnership with companies such as the Ford Motor Company and Jaguar Land Rover, the programme is also aimed at existing or prospective product development engineers and those working in manufacturing, particularly those working alongside product design personnel in the context of cross-functional teams and simultaneous working practice. Read more

Created in partnership with companies such as the Ford Motor Company and Jaguar Land Rover, the programme is also aimed at existing or prospective product development engineers and those working in manufacturing, particularly those working alongside product design personnel in the context of cross-functional teams and simultaneous working practice.

Students study three compulsory modules and a further three modules from a choice of five. In addition, full-time students undertake a university-based project and part-time students undertake an industry-based project.

An online study support system provides additional information and materials to facilitate student discussion.

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (towards Chartered status).

This course is aimed at engineers working in the automotive industry who wish to extend and deepen their skills and understanding of the field, as well as recent graduates who intend to start a career in the industry.

Though primarily aimed at product development engineers, the course offers significant value to those working in the manufacturing side of the industry and those who work alongside colleagues from product design in the context of cross-functional teams. Individual modules of this MSc can be studied as short courses.

The programme is very much one of technical engineering content, sitting in a systems engineering framework.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/aero-auto/automotive-systems-engineering/

Course structure and teaching

Students study three compulsory modules, three optional taught modules and carry out an individual project. In total the course comprises 180 modular credits, made up from 6 taught modules valued at 20 credits each, plus the project which is valued at 60 credits.

The course is mostly delivered as a series of block taught modules. An online study support system provides additional information and materials to facilitate learning and discussion. Full time students undertake a University based project and part time students undertake an industry based project.

Assessment: Examination, coursework assignments and project dissertation.

Course features

- Incorporates a systems thinking framework, referring to product lifecycle, target setting, requirements capture and cascade, plus elements of business-related drivers for engineering practice.

- Provides clear links between design and manufacture, for example presenting examples where manufacturing capabilities have a large impact on design and system robustness.

- Develops advanced and specialist themes via the optional modules.

- Expertise provided from industry-based specialists.

- Individual modules can be studied as short courses.

- The MSc course was originally developed in partnership with Ford Motor Company, and we continue to work closely with the automotive industry in designing, developing and delivering our courses.

Compulsory modules

- Manufacturing Systems and Integrated Design

- Vehicle and Powertrain Functional Performance

- Vehicle Systems Analysis

- Project

Optional modules (select three)

- Body Engineering

- Powertrain Calibration Optimisation

- Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains

- Vehicle Dynamics and Control (for full time programme only)

- Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration

Careers and further Study

Graduates work primarily in product design and development groups and are sought after by a wide range of automotive companies. Students that wish to pursue other careers are well-equipped to work in a wide range of sectors within the vehicle industry.

Scholarships

Loughborough University offers five merit based competitive scholarships to the value of 10% of the programme tuition fee for international students applying for the MSc in Automotive Systems Engineering. All students applying for the course will be considered for the scholarship.

Why choose aeronautical and automotive engineering at Loughborough?

The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is a specialist centre within one of the UK’s largest engineering universities.

The Department has 37 academic staff and nearly 150 postgraduate students on taught and research programmes. In the Government’s External Subject Review, the Department was awarded an excellent score (23/24) for the quality of its teaching.In the most recent Research Excellence Framework our subject areas featured in the top ten nationally.

- Facilities

The Department has extensive laboratories and facilities including: wind tunnels; anechoic chamber; indoor UAV testing; structures testing facilities; gas-turbine engines; eight purpose-built engine test cells; Hawk aircraft; 6-axis simulator (road and aircraft); chassis dynamometer and numerous instrumented test vehicles.

The Department hosts the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Combustion Aerodynamics and the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre (IRC) in engine systems.

- Research

The Department has four major research groups working across the technologies of automotive and aeronautical engineering. Each group works on a variety of research topics, ranging from the development of new low emissions combustion systems for gas turbine engines, through to fundamental investigations into the operation of hydrogen powered fuel cells.

- Career prospects

Over 90% (DLHE, 2016) of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. The Department has particularly close links with BAE Systems, Bentley, British Airways, Ford Motor Company, Group Lotus, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, MIRA, Perkins Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce and many tier one automotive suppliers

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aae/postgraduate/apply/



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This course will develop knowledge and skills in understanding the wider context of defence capability and guiding the development of operational, support and enabling business solutions which both deliver cost effective outcomes and contribute to the attributes of defence as a whole. Read more

This course will develop knowledge and skills in understanding the wider context of defence capability and guiding the development of operational, support and enabling business solutions which both deliver cost effective outcomes and contribute to the attributes of defence as a whole.

Who is it for?

We have a diverse student body drawn from numerous industries and institutions in the UK as well as overseas providing a rich educational experience. Our class size is normally between 10-20 comprising a combination of full and part time students.

Why this course?

The Centre for Systems Engineering has been at the forefront of developing systems engineering education for the past fifteen years, blending the breadth of systems thinking with the rigour of systems engineering and closely integrating this within acquisition management.

All those involved in the wider defence enterprise, across government, military, industry, science and technology have changing needs and aspirations for defence. Agility, resilience, continuity of supply, skills and innovation now complement the continuing need to balance cost, time and performance in everything we do.

The course covers the wider context of defence capability and guiding the development of operational, support and enabling business solutions.

Informed by Industry

The course's Industrial Advisory Board meets once a year to discuss the course structure and content. Members include Cranfield University and Defence Academy staff with industrial representatives from, for example: 

  • AWE
  • MoD's Defence Equipment and Support
  • MBDA UK Limited
  • Thales
  • QinetiQ
  • MOD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

This programme is accredited as a programme of further learning for CEng registration. When presented together with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme the educational requirements for CEng registration will be met in full. Students who do not have a first degree should contact the relevant institute directly for further details on whether they meet the requirements.

Course details

The course is modular and you will accumulate credits for each module you successfully complete - 10 credits per module. The Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop is worth 20 credits. 

The course structure has been devised to give the maximum amount of flexibility for you to create your own learning pathway whilst ensuring that the fundamental principles of systems engineering are compulsory. 

Individual project

The Individual Project provides you with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of an area of particular interest to you or your sponsor which is written up as a thesis or dissertation. The study might include, for example: 

  • Application of Systems Engineering tools and techniques to a real world problem
  • Analysis of underpinning Systems Engineering theory and practice
  • Development of new or tailored Systems Engineering processes.

Assessment

Coursework, written examinations, oral examinations, portfolio and, for the MSc only, an individual thesis

Your career

Takes you on to impressive career prospects across a range of roles commensurate with your experience. This includes membership of multidisciplinary teams in acquisition, supply or research organisations. This could be in both general systems engineering roles or as a focal point for specific skills such as availability, reliability and maintenance (ARM), human factors, requirements, architecture test and evaluation, etc. It is also applicable to key roles in MoD acquisition such as Project Team leader, capability manager and requirements manager.



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