UCL Centre for Systems Engineering

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About UCLse


Established in 1998, UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) is a centre of excellence for Systems Engineering and the Management of Technology Projects.

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

The initial focus of UCLse was to share the knowledge and skills developed through over two hundred successful rocket and space missions completed over the last fifty years with systems engineers in other sectors. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) sponsored the creation of a flexible/modular MSc programme to be delivered with GEC Marconi (now BAE Systems).

Around the same time, Prof Alan Smith of UCLse co-developed a Project Management  training course accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and leading to the APMP qualification.

This interest in both systems engineering and project management continues to this day, and we offer courses in each of these areas, recognising that the integration of the two disciplines is a key success factor in the delivery of complex projects. We are actively involved in the INCOSE and APM Systems Engineering and Project Management Joint Working Group.


Permanent staff are based in UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, which has around 175 staff split between the main site in Surrey and the London office in Taviton St (part of UCL's main campus). For teaching, which is typically delivered on the London campus, and research projects we work closely with staff in other departments to access expertise in a broad range of areas in engineering, physical sciences and social sciences.

UCL Main Campus


Our staff balance the practical application of systems engineering in research and development projects with investigations into how to advance the practice. All staff also teach undergraduate, masters, EngD and PhD students at UCL, and deliver customised training courses to industry. We sit on the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) UK advisory board, and have been members of IET's Systems Engineering Executive Committee. We have recently been awarded research funding by INCOSE UK, the Technology Strategy Board, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


We believe in five fundamental principles that contribute to the successful delivery of complex projects.

Contact us

To find out more, please contact us:

Raúl Leal
Centre for Systems Engineering
3 Taviton St.,
London, WC1H 0BT, UK
T. 020 7679 4908
F. 020 7679 4911

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