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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £18,580 (FT)
- £27,540 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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About this degree
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 one academic year, or flexible study up to five years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks, or flexible study up to three years) is offered.
- Systems Thinking and Engineering Management
- The Business Environment
- Risk, Reliability, Resilience
- Lifecycle Management
Students choose two of the following:
- Project Management
- Delivering Complex Projects
- Systems Design
- Technology Strategy
- Space Systems
- Rail Systems
- Defence and Security Systems
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
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
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as a programme of further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
The programme combines interactive lectures, group exercises and case studies to reinforce key points. Lecturers are experts in the field, many of whom have engaged in the practice of systems engineering in industry, and all of whom oversee research across a broad range of subjects relating to systems engineering, project management and technology management.
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.
This Master's Programme is accredited by the IET on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registraton as a Chartered Engineer
Department: Space & Climate Physics
Student / staff numbers
› 66 staff
including 42 postdocs
› 52 taught students
› 49 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Space & Climate Physics
75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.