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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£16,690 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Systems Engineering Management MSc

Funding

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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

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.

Student / staff ratios › 24 staff › 52 taught students › 49 research students

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Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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