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Systems Engineering Management - MSc/PGDip/PGcert

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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

Core modules
-Systems Engineering Management
-Lifecycle Management
-Risk, Reliability, Resilience
-The Business Environment

Optional modules
-Defence Systems
-Environmental Systems*
-Project Management
-Rail Systems
-Spacecraft Systems
-Systems Design
-Systems, Society, Sustainability*

*These modules are delivered by UCL's Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering in ten half-day sessions over the course of a term instead of the usual intensive 'block week' format

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.


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 graduates of the programme have the following careers:
-London Underground: Head of Railway Systems
-Accenture: Analyst
-Thales Aerospace: Design Authority Manager
-BAE Systems: Systems Design Authority
-Selex Sensors and Airborne Management: Engineering Lead
-Xerox: Engineering Manager
-QinetiQ: Marine Engineer
-BAE Systems: Senior Hardware Engineer
-British Aerospace: Software Engineer
-Orange: Principal Engineer
-Halcrow Group Limited: Design Manager

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Software Engineer, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
-Analyst, Accenture
-Proposals engineer, Invensys PLC
-Engineering Manager, BAE Systems
-Systems Engineer, BIG

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 IET as a programme of further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Lectures are presented by experts in the field, many of whom have engaged in the practice of systems engineering in industry.

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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Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. At least two years industrial experience is preferred.

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