Ms Katrina Walker
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Fees and funding
STFC and NERC studentships may be available.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Systems Engineering Management MSc
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.
What will I learn?
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.
Why should I 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 industry.
Lectures are presented by experts in the field, many of whom are 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.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2-5 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits) three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (75 credits).
An exit-level Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
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 details available on subject website:
Entry and application
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.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is targeted at relatively experienced individuals in industry who are supported by their employer, from a range of careers including specialist design, engineering management, business development, production and support engineering, technical project managers, and engineering team leaders. Independent students with appropriate industrial experience will also be considered.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Systems Engineering Management at graduate level
- why you want to study Systems Engineering Management at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Complex systems are commonplace in many branches of UK industry including defence, aerospace 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:
- 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
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: