UCL Centre for Systems Engineering



Established in 1998, the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) is a centre of excellence for systems engineering and the management of technology projects. We deliver world-class research, teaching, training and consultancy with real world impact.

UCLse's founding aim was to share the knowledge and skills developed by the Mullard Space Science Laboratory from over two hundred space missions completed over the last fifty years with systems engineers in other sectors. This experience has allowed us to develop five fundamental principles that we believe contribute to the successful delivery of complex projects.

We offer three IET-accredited MSc programmes, which teach concepts based on the latest research and help students master practical skills.  In addition, we offer project management courses accredited by the APM, open training courses focused on developing technology and complex systems, and deliver major customised programmes for multiple organisations, including Jaguar Land Rover, PA Consulting and the European Space Agency.

UCLse is a dynamic environment, combining world class research with high-impact teaching and training. Significant staff time is devoted to reflection, research and personal growth.

We use systems thinking and other lenses to deliver successful change.

mssl staff


Permanent staff are based at the 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).

our academics

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Our staff balance the practical application of systems engineering in research and development projects with investigations into how to advance the practice.

Principles of Systems Engineering

Principles of Systems Engineering

We believe that the realisation of large, complex projects requires a combination of good systems engineering practice, strategic planning, project management and systems thinking. 


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UCLse advisory board is from a range of industry sectors 

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We are sponsored/partered with:
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
BAE Systems
Association for Project Management (APM)