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Systems Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

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.


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/

Visit the Systems Engineering (MSc) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chris Dobson

“I was made aware of the part time MSc in Systems Engineering while working as a Flight Systems Engineer. Having completed an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering followed by experience working with aircraft flight systems, I was interested in completing further study and giving myself a new challenge.

Although Systems Engineering is a key part of my employer's engineering policy, it was not an area which I had covered in any depth during my undergraduate days. The MSc at Loughborough seemed like a natural way to combine my aspirations in a way that would benefit my work.

It was a little bit daunting going back to university, especially while working full time and seeing some of the figures quoted on the number of hours expected to complete modules. But once I had completed a couple of modules these fears eased. Because of the way the course was structured, undertaking each module in a 1-2 week intense block actually meant that with a bit of time management completing the modules and associated coursework was challenging but not too overstretching. I have enjoyed the majority of the modules I have completed, mainly due to the quality of the teaching and the fact that modules were varied and in many cases included lectures from subject matter experts from a range of domains.

A particular highlight was the group project, this was challenging because our team was dispersed across the UK, however it was an excellent opportunity to develop the techniques learnt during the modules on an actual project. I currently work on Prognostics and Health Management on the F-35 programme and I found that even from the start of the course it impacted on the way I dealt with problems at work.

I’m much more aware of systems engineering techniques and I have used these techniques to benefit my work. The course has allowed me to develop an additional dimension to my undergraduate study. I’m hoping that in the future the tools I have picked up will enhance my confidence in dealing with engineering problems which are in more unfamiliar domains.”


Loughborough University Graduate School Development Trust Africa Scholarships: Full-fee Scholarships - 4 Awards

For 2014 entry the scholarship application procedure is an open competition. Students may only apply for the scholarship after an offer for a place has been made. Students who are in possession of an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on a postgraduate taught course can apply for the scholarship using the application form which can be downloaded below.The deadline for applications is 30th April 2014.Applications will be initially shortlisted and the final decision on the awards will be made by a selection panel of senior staff of the University. The selection panel will use the following eligibility criteria when assessing applications:Currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa
Evidence of exceptional academic achievement (normally a 1st Class Honours Degree)
Commitment to return to their home country on completion of postgraduate programme
Evidence of the ability and commitment to making a significant contribution to their home country on their return
Full understanding of the costs involved in coming to study and live in the UK
Evidence of strong motivation and initiative to secure funds to cover the remainder of the costs involved

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full-Fee - 100% of tuition feew


Loughborough University is delighted to announce full-fee scholarships for international full-time taught postgraduate students who are currently domiciled (permanently living) in Africa. These will be known as the Loughborough University Graduate School Development Trust Africa Scholarships. The scholarships will cover 100% of the course fees for your chosen postgraduate taught course for one year (replacing any Departmental or Loughborough University scholarships or bursaries you may already have been awarded).The University will award a limited number of scholarships and the standards required are very high. Students will be expected to fund their travel and maintenance costs through other sources

Application Procedure

Download Application form from weblinkThe final closing date for applications is 30th April 2011, and applicants must not apply late. All those applying will be notified of the outcome of their application by email by the end of May at the latest. Any award made to an applicant holding a conditional offer will be subject to those conditions being met in full. Applicants will also be expected to provide evidence of funds to cover their travel, living and maintenance costs and may be asked to pay a deposit towards their living costs as part of the conditions of the scholarship offer.

Further Information



Loughborough University UK/EU Alumni Bursaries - 20+ Awards

This bursary is open to all alumni who obtained their first degree from Loughborough University and are not in receipt of any other University award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% off tuition fee


UK/EU, self-funding students

Application Procedure

No separate application is required. The bursary will be credited to your tuition fee account when you take up a place.

Further Information



School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Bursaries - 20+ Awards

A bursary will be available to all self-financing, non-EU international students on one of the above programmes who are not in receipt of a University or Faculty based bursary or scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



International, self-funding

Application Procedure

Automatic for registered students meeting the criteria above

Further Information



Loughborough University International Alumni Bursary - 20+ Awards

Available to all self funding full-time postgraduate taught students who are not in receipt of any other University award and who obtained their degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) from Loughborough University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% of programme tuition fees


International Loughborough University Alumni

Application Procedure

Automatic for registered students meeting the criteria above

Further Information



Loughborough University Graduate School International Scholarships - 6 Awards

The Loughborough University Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and potential. Each scholarship will be of 1 year's duration and students are invited to apply after an offer of a place has been made.In general we will be looking for students who have the equivalent of a UK First Class honours degree, or a very high 2:1 OR who have sufficient grades to demonstrate the potential to achieve this level.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% of programme tuition fee


Scholarships are available to new self-financing full-time international students who are permanently resident in a country outside the European Union (EU).

Application Procedure

Details can be found from weblink

Further Information



Aerospace Bursary Scheme - 20+ Awards

The Government Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme has been developed in partnership with leading employers, to help the UK stay ahead of its global competitors by developing the aerospace sector’s professional workforce.The Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme aims to:Generate more aerospace MSc qualified professionals with high level skills who will work in UK aerospace; and toUp-skill the existing UK aerospace workforce and reinforce the supply of skilled people with knowledge and expertise in key areas of technology for the future.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees up to the value of £9.500


The scheme encourages a wide range of applicants. Whatever your background you will need strong motivation and firm commitment to a career in aerospace engineering in the UK.
Full details of eligibility criteria are to be found on the website

Application Procedure

The web site contains full information on the application procedure

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Upper second class (2:1) honours degree in any STEM subject or an equivalent qualification

Course Fees

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