UCL Centre for Systems Engineering


Why Study at UCLse?

Established in 1998, the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) is a centre of excellence for systems engineering and the management of technology projects.

Today, industry is given the responsibility for designing, building, operating and enhancing large, complex and highly integrated systems. It does this in the face of intense international competition. Organisations are increasingly recognising that their capabilities in effectively dealing with complex systems are a critical differentiator in the marketplace. 


UCLse Consultancy

Systems engineering is a subject with great relevance to industry, and we are often asked to help organisations with consultancy projects to improve their capability or effectiveness.


Our Principles of Systems Engineering

Our five principles of Systems Engineering underpin all of our teaching.


Industrial Training: at the European Space Agency (ESA)

We provide space systems engineering training to the next generation of systems engineers at the European Space Agency (ESA).

Spotlight on Alumni

Anas Thassim: "Through my MSc, I created the opportunity to work on my dissertation with JLR, which involved a visit to their engineering offices where I interviewed development engineers and testing engineers on the company’s working practices.”

Centre Director, Dr Michael Emes: In Conversation with APM 

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Dr Michael Emes presents a webinar at the Association for Project Management (APM) on why we need Systems Thinking in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management.

Our PhD Students

Complex systems, whether 'hard' technology-based systems or 'soft' human-based systems, are increasingly challenging and we are interested in understanding how to make them work better.

Meet our Academics

Our academics hail from a range of industries - space, rail, defence, aeronautics - and bring the richness of their experience to our Programme.


Our courses are IET accredited


IET accreditation
UCL Centre for Systems Engineering has been accredited by the IET.  Three assessors visited the centre in March 2018 and commended a number of aspects of our courses including our closeness to industry and our support for students.


Our Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board advises the department on the education and training activities of the Centre to best match with the expectations and needs of industry.