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 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.
You 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.
The course is modular and you will accumulate credits for each module you successfully complete:
- Full modules are each worth 10 credits.
- 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.
- The PgCert comprises 60 credits of which 40 are for compulsory modules and 20 are for elective modules.
- The PgDip comprises 120 credits of which 70 are for compulsory modules and 50 are for elective modules.
- The MSc comprises 200 credits of which 70 are for compulsory modules, 50 credits are for elective modules and 80 are for the thesis associated with the Individual Project.
Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years
(For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)
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.
The Compulsory and Elective Modules below are as for the MSc and PgDip. For PgCert students Capability Context and Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop are Elective.
Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop (ASEW)
Applied Systems Thinking
Lifecycle Processes Introduction
Lifecycle Processes Advanced
Systems Approach to Engineering
Availability, Reliability, Maintainability and Support Strategy (ARMSS)
Decision Analysis, Modelling and Support (DAMS)
Human Centric Systems Engineering (HCSE)
Introduction to Defence Capability
Model Based Systems Engineering
Simulation and Synthetic Environments
System of Systems Engineering
Thesis Selection Workshop
- Systems Engineering and Software
- Systems Engineering Workshop
- Networked and Distributed Simulation Exercise
Coursework, written examinations, oral examinations, portfolio and, for the MSc only, an individual thesis.
Funding is available to MoD students. For more information contact MoD Enquiries by calling 01793 314485 (Option 4) or Mil: 96161 4485.
For more information on funding for non-MoD students please contact [email protected]
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.
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Systems-Engineering-for-Defence-Capability
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.