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Course content

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.


Visit the Systems Engineering Management (MSc/PGDip/PGcert) page on the University College London website for more details!

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