This course will develop knowledge and skills in understanding the wider context of defence capability and guiding the development of operational, support and enabling business solutions which both deliver cost-effective outcomes and contribute to the attributes of defence as a whole. We have a diverse student body drawn from numerous industries and institutions in the UK as well as overseas providing a rich educational experience. Our class size is normally between 10-20 comprising a combination of full and part-time students. The Centre for Systems Engineering has been at the forefront of developing systems engineering education for the past fifteen years, blending the breadth of systems thinking with the rigour of systems engineering and closely integrating this within acquisition management. All those involved in the wider defence enterprise, across government, military, industry, science and technology have changing needs and aspirations for defence. Agility, resilience, continuity of supply, skills and innovation now complement the continuing need to balance cost, time and performance in everything we do. The course covers the wider context of defence capability and guiding the development of operational, support and enabling business solutions.

Course structure

The course is modular and you will accumulate credits for each module you successfully complete - 10 credits per module. The Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop is worth 20 credits.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Advanced Systems Engineering Workshop
  • Applied Systems Thinking
  • Capability Context
  • Lifecycle Processes Introduction
  • Lifecycle Processes Advanced
  • Systems Approach Engineering
  • Thesis Selection Workshop
  • Thesis

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list needs to be taken as part of this course:

  • Availability, Reliability, Maintainability and Support Strategy
  • Decision Analysis, Modelling and Support
  • Human-Centric Systems Engineering
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Simulation and Synthetic Environments
  • System of Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering and Software
  • Systems Engineering Workshop
  • Networked and Distributed Simulation Exercise
  • The International Dimensions of Defence Acquisition
  • Knowledge in Defence
  • DL Programme and Project Management
  • Supply Network Management in Defence and the Commercial Environment

Individual project

The Individual Project provides you with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of an area of particular interest to you or your sponsor which is written up as a thesis or dissertation.

Future career

Takes you on to impressive career prospects across a range of roles commensurate with your experience. This includes membership of multidisciplinary teams in the acquisition, supply or research organisations. This could be in both general systems engineering roles or as a focal point for specific skills such as availability, reliability and maintenance (ARM), human factors, requirements, architecture test and evaluation, etc. It is also applicable to key roles in MoD acquisition such as Project Team leader, capability manager and requirements manager.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 20, 2019
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