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    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Two-three years part-time

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    29 October 2018

Course content

This course provides an essential foundation for future leaders in organisations who wish to optimise the value in-use and cost in-use for long-life engineering assets such as planes, trains, ships, vehicles, power-plants, machine tools, buildings etc. 

Many of the premier UK industrial organisations are increasingly dependent upon Through-life Engineering Services (TES) to compete, gain market share, generate revenue and profit. This course offers through-life thinking to enable change leaders in organisations to embrace new and integrated approaches to develop superior through-life support capability to meet shareholder and stakeholder demands.

Who is it for?

Developed by Cranfield University in conjunction with Rolls-Royce and Bombardier Transportation, this MSc has been designed for individuals at organisations where there is a growing emphasis on revenue being derived from providing the services that keep products operating effectively, rather than the design, manufacture and delivery of original equipment (hardware). The individual will be engaged in a discipline related to through-life management, support, asset management, and/or maintenance. The course is relevant to TES dependent organisations, engineers, business administrators, logistics, finance and commercial practitioners. 

We aim to enhance your skills, and address the need for highly trained individuals involved in the support of complex equipment and systems. The skills gained in the course is expected to contribute to the achievement of competitive advantage for your organisation. The course is structured to allow maximum benefit from learning with minimum time away from the working environment.

Focused on educating leaders in the fields of through-life engineering services systems, design and planning, maintenance assessment and operations management, engineering and technology including condition-based maintenance and health management, standards and regulation, information technology, contracts and policy, life extension and obsolescence management, cost modelling and control.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. In particular the guidance provided by the TES Council (including organisations such as Rolls-Royce, MoD, BAE Systems, Babcock International and Leonardo) have been instrumental in making the course cutting edge. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards, presented on Graduation Day, are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners.


The MSc in Through-Life System Sustainment is subject to ratification by Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) & Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting for the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer following an accreditation assessment in March 2015. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Please note accreditation applies to the MSc award. PgDip and PgCert do not meet in full the further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course details

The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules (in the form of six assignments and two exams), in which students gain an understanding of world-class business practice, an industry led group and an individual project. Students are also supported through individual coaching and an online learning platform. 

The current fee for the MSc is £18,400 over two years. This is composed of: £2,000 per year registration fee and £1,800 per module (eight in total). If a candidate completes in three years there will be an additional years’ registration fee to pay.

Group project

The group project gives a team of students the opportunity to take on responsibility for a consultancy type project working for an industrial sponsor. The group project is determined in collaboration with the sponsor organisation and will aim to solve real-world problems. Note: A dissertation can replace the group project.

The project details an investigative research project on the subject of the Digital Twin. The project reviews a wide range of literature to identify the state of the art and also conducts a survey to provide detailed insight. The concept of a Digital Twin is defined and a potential Digital Twin is mapped using systems engineering techniques. This definition and system map is then used to assess the potential benefits of the Digital Twin to an in-service product. The paper describes the development of a use case on an HP Turbine blade to demonstrate how the Digital Twin can improve decision making. The paper concludes with a Roadmap which defines the capabilities, requirements and benefits which will be necessary to develop a full scale Digital Twin.

Individual project

The individual project allows students to demonstrate their ability to think and work in an original way and overcome genuine real life challenges. Your sponsor nominates the topic - the individual project is conducted in the workplace.


Taught modules 40%, Group project (or dissertation) 20%, Individual project 40%

Your career

Successful completion of this course takes you onto careers with higher levels of responsibility, a broader base of skills and capability and a greater level of professionalism.

Visit the Through-life System Sustainment MSc page on the Cranfield University website for more details!






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