Taught course

Systems Engineering

Loughborough University · School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Entry requirements

Upper second class (2:1) honours degree in any STEM subject or an equivalent qualification

Months of entry


Course content

This course has been designed with industry to meet the challenge of interdependence between sophisticated engineered systems of all kinds. It is often taken in its part-time format.

It is aimed at engineers who have specialised in a traditional discipline but are now expected to understand, operate in, develop and integrate entire systems that are not only increasingly complex but rapidly changing. The course is suited to BEng graduates working towards Chartership, industry based engineers needing to gain or update their systems skills or who wish to embrace a new challenge and enhance their careers. Mixed student groups are encouraged to share prior domain knowledge and benefit from their combined experience.

The curriculum stimulates thinking and extends the capabilities of technical managers and engineers to handle complexity, enabling them to remain effective in the workplace by providing:

  • an integrated systems engineering view of inter-related technologies, processes, tools, techniques and their effective use;
  • essential systems skills such as model-based systems architecture and design, against a background of the need for traceability in managing complex projects;
  • knowledge and technical expertise in a range of systems technologies;
  • experience of the importance to ultimate success of effective, integrated, multi-skilled project teams working in extended enterprises beyond the confines of any particular organisation;
  • increased depth of technical and management knowledge through elective modules; and
  • the ability to transfer systems skills and knowledge into the workplace through the individual master’s project.

Teaching staff comprise a varied skill set of international expertise to give the broadest perspectives and modules frequently feature master classes from industry practitioners.

Although long established (beginning as an industry-only course in 2000), this is a rare qualification serving a skill set highly sought after by senior engineers, technical managers and directors across a range of sectors. Its block taught format and the option to elect assessment by coursework rather than exam makes it a popular part time course and a CPD option.

Compulsory Modules

  • Systems Thinking
  • Systems Architecture
  • Systems Design
  • Soft Systems Engineering
  • Individual Project

Optional Modules (choose four)

  • Validation and Verification
  • Holistic Engineering (industry-led module)
  • Sensors and Actuators for Control
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • Engineering and Management of Capability
  • Understanding Complexity

Information for international students

English Language requirements: overall 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests or TOEFL (ibt) 92 overall Listening 21, Reading 21, Writing 22 and Speaking 22. http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/index.htm

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222496