Short courses


Engineering Life Cycle Management

  • 37.5 hours + plus independent study for assessment (if applicable)
  • 5 days


This short course will help you understand system and technology lifecycles and make use of lifecycle models.

You'll learn about:

  • the different stages in the lifecycle of a system and their interrelationships
  • lifecycle models and how to choose and tailor a model for your circumstances and project
  • what to consider before, during and after a project, at both 'product' and organisational level

You'll also consider the relevance of the context of the development lifecycle of a system.

Case studies are used to illustrate the application and relevance of taught concepts, while you'll relate learning to your own experience through group exercises.

The course is run by staff from the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) within UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)).

Course content

Topics covered will include:

  • System and technology lifecycles
  • Lifecycle models
  • Lifecycle tailoring
  • Lifecycle debate
  • Design for COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) and reuse
  • Through life-cycle costs
  • Engineering the supply chain
  • Design for manufacture
  • Design for integration and test
  • Design for support and disposal
  • Lifecycles for supporting systems
  • Process improvement and CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration)

Who the course is for

This course is for those new to the subject or who want a refresher. It's designed for:

  • middle management
  • engineering managers
  • senior domain engineers
  • project staff
  • systems engineers
  • domain engineers
  • other staff with some technical background

Teaching, structure and assessment

This is a blended course involving both in-person and remote teaching.

It's delivered as a combination of lectures, group exercises, group discussions and case studies.

This course is an optional module within UCLse's Master's degree programmes. You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits towards a Master's degree

To earn UCL credits you'll need to complete an assessment. For more details on this option, please contact the course administrator. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • understand the processes involved in the lifecycle of a system, especially in development
  • identify the project and organisational context of the development lifecycle of a system
  • understand the centrality of process and the benefits of having an organisation that works based on processes
  • understand the importance of a tailoring process and the factors that determine it
  • appreciate the human aspects and influences in the organisation throughout the lifecycle
  • understand key process areas in the lifecycle of a system
  • understand the importance of early integration in the development lifecycle of a system
  • understand the importance of concurrent engineering
  • appreciate importance of the "Design for" constraints of design and when to consider them
  • appreciate the need to optimise processes through continuous improvement 


The fee for the short course is £1,450.

To take as a taster module and earn UCL credits, the fee is:

  • £1,681 for UK/EU 
  • £2,512 for overseas

Discounts may be available for the short course. Contact uclse.courses@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

Course team

Dr Raúl Leal - course director

Dr Raúl Leal - course director

Raúl is a Senior Teaching Fellow, and the Business Development Manager for the Technology Management Group, at the Department of Space and Climate Physics in UCL. He's interested in systems thinking, systems modelling, systems design, project management and professional development in these areas in industry. His involvement in education and training extends to over 20 years and several countries. Before joining UCL, Raúl was systems design authority in the development of a nuclear imaging (PET) instrument. He's been a member of INCOSE for over 10 years.

Giles Poulsom - course deputy director

Giles Poulsom - course deputy director

Giles is a Senior Teaching Fellow in UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics. Since graduating with a master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Giles has gained broad experience within the aerospace, defence, marine and rail industries, and has held various senior technical and management roles. He's a chartered engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Course information last modified: 27 Oct 2021, 16:19