Taught course

Systems Engineering

Loughborough University · School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant science, technology, engineering or maths discipline.

Applicants with qualifications slightly below this level, alternative qualifications and/or professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Systems Engineering has been designed in collaboration with industry to meet the challenge of interdependence between sophisticated engineered systems of all kinds.

Advanced modelling, simulation and interactive visualisation tools and techniques will enable you to gain greater understanding of the performance, behaviour and emergent properties of advanced technology and complex systems. You will have access to advanced visualisation techniques to enhance models and simulations of real-world systems, including cockpit simulators to study pilot behaviour toward stress and the impact this has upon their mental agility.

The Systems Engineering master's emphasises model-based systems engineering, and is thus positioned at the cutting edge of academic and practitioner practice. To support this approach, you will gain an understanding and be encouraged to use appropriate systems-based computer tools across all modules. These range from the use of general tools and program environments such as those typified by spreadsheets, MATLAB, and LabView; to more specific software such as System Architect, SysML toolsets, and Triz (the latter is used in product innovation). The software tools are pre-loaded onto machines in specific laboratories which are accessible outside teaching hours.

World-class visualisation facilities and an interaction management wall (comprising six large, integrated monitors) are available should students become involved in research in those areas as part of their individual projects. These facilities are open during normal working hours only (for health and safety reasons)

Our academic team is internationally renowned for their research and industry influence, and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to each module. Throughout the programme, you will also receive insights from guest lecturers and industry practitioners that provide a real-world perspective to your learning.

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control, the IET and the Royal Aeronautical Society. There are also professional links to INCOSE-UK and the Object Management Group standards body.

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Systems Engineering 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.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 - 72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 227158