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EngD/MSc/PgDipSystems Engineering Management

Why this course?

The management of large complex systems engineering projects demands a unique set of skills that are not taught within conventional engineering or business management programmes.

The aim of our MSc in Systems Engineering Management programme is to develop systems engineering management capability by creating graduates who understand the complexities of the management situations they face, and who can apply systems thinking approaches and techniques to address the challenge of managing the complexity between the technical system being developed and the people and organisations that are responsible.

You'll focus on engineered systems, however, many of the skills and techniques you'll acquire are equally applicable to other complex systems such as manufacturing and organisations.

The programme is based within the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, the only department in the UK combining end-to-end expertise from creative design, through engineering design, manufacture and management of the entire system.

We work in partnership with global companies who have extensive systems engineering expertise. This ensures our teaching is based on the latest research and the skills you gain are cutting edge and relevant. It also enables us to incorporate practical challenges and solutions through your project work with an industrial partner.

The right course for you

This course is ideal for:

  • project managers who need to develop their skills to address the challenges of large systems engineering projects
  • recent graduates from any engineering discipline, either employed within or interested in systems engineering industries, looking to develop their skills to enhance their career
  • staff and graduates who'd like to move into leading-edge systems engineering research or consultancy careers

Develop your skills

This course will help you develop a unique set of skills that'll help you manage systems engineering projects. We have a strong track record of world-leading systems engineering management research.

You'll gain skills in:

  • systems decomposition and integration
  • management of complexity and uncertainty within engineering, business and socio-technical systems
  • processes for managing the lifecycle of systems
  • verification and validation

Industrial experience

During the course, you'll undertake an individual project and an industrial group project. These will help you to develop and apply your skills as a Systems Engineering Manager within the real world.

The Industrial Group Project will give you the opportunity to work as part of a team. You'll develop your people, project management and leadership skills. You'll do this by applying systems engineering management principles to address a practical problem for an industrial client, gaining direct industry experience. These projects work in conjunction with major organisations who face challenges with the management of major systems engineering projects and have a demand for the skills gained from this course.

For group projects, you'll have the opportunity to work with fellow students and an industrial client to address a practical problem. You'll gain direct industry experience to add to your CV, develop skills, manage a project through to completion and practice working in a multidisciplinary group preparing you for collaborative work throughout your future career.

We work with on average 50 organisations per year and previous students have worked with organisations such as:

2018/19

  • Adidas
  • Airlie Ice Cream
  • Drink Baotic
  • Promedics Orthopaedics
  • Rolls Royce
  • Spirit AeroSystems (Europe), Inc
  • Unilever

2017/18

  • Adidas
  • Alexander Dennis
  • Belle Bridal
  • Chivas Brothers Ltd
  • HATSUN Agro Products (India)
  • Johnstons of Elgin
  • Terex Trucks

2016/17

  • Adidas
  • Allied Vehicles
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • NCR
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Weir Group
  • WEST Brewery

Teaching Staff

You'll learn from leading experts in the field of systems engineering management. All our staff have great experience working with major systems development and operation organisations.

Staff include:

  • Professor Alex Duffy
    Professor Duffy is a leading expert in systems design, coordination of systems engineering projects, performance improvement and strategic development.
  • Professor Jörn Mehnen
    Professor Mehnen is an internationally renowned expert in Industry 4.0 technology, Internet of Things and Through-Life Engineering as well as Cloud Manufacturing.
  • Dr Ian Whitfield
    Dr Whitfield is an internationally recognised expert in collaboration within large engineering projects, knowledge and information management through life, and modular systems design.

Facilities

As a Masters student in Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management you'll also have access to a private postgraduate student community area, including collaboration work areas, computer suites and social areas, as well as a kitchen.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Systems Thinking & Modelling (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the theories and principles of Systems Thinking. The module also introduces the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations including industrial, commercial and public sector.

The module covers: Systems theory, concepts and approaches; Hard and soft systems analysis and systems dynamics; Systems and organisational performance – including leadership in a systems environment and ‘design’ in a systems environment and Practical application of Systems Thinking.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • show clearer understanding and knowledge of hard and soft approaches and how they can be used to deal with complexity and system behaviour in a business context
  • develop understanding of fundamental cybernetic principles that form the foundations of Checkland’s Soft System Methodology and Beer’s Viable System Model
  • develop knowledge and skills in systems analysis and business process modelling
  • critically evaluate the most appropriate methodology to model, analyse and design engineering/business systems across a range of organisations
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to model a business system and to develop a solution to solve a business system problem
  • develop an awareness of the importance of system approaches in management interventions

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group presentation and one coursework in the form of a reflective diary.

Engineering Risk Management (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce the basic principles and techniques of engineering risk management and demonstrates the appropriate application of this knowledge within an engineering context.

The module covers: Risk definitions and basic risks in engineering; Risk management processes; Reliability - achieving reliability; Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) cycle; failure rate; Mean Time Between Failure; Mean Time to Fail; Mean Life; failure stages within bathtub distribution; downtime; repair time and availability; Risk classification - failure rate; severity and detection; As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP); Risk identification - Failure Modes and Affects Analysis; Hazard and Operability Study; Fault and Event Tree Analysis; Risk-based decision making – uncertainty, decision trees, Pareto optimality, Analytic Hierarchy Process and Risk legislation and litigation in engineering.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of and ability to make general evaluations of risk issues in the context of the particular specialisation, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk
  • Demonstrate awareness of relevant regulatory requirements governing engineering activities
  • Demonstrate ability to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group coursework to show understanding of the risk management process in practice (100% for group contribution and submission of main reports).

Systems Architectures and Design (10 credits)

This module aims to develop an understanding of the principles of complexity and the systems architecting process to allow application to a wide range of engineering, business and socio-technical systems.

The module covers: Understanding types of systems and their requirements: engineering systems; business systems; socio-technical systems; System architecting process; Architecting using different perspectives: enterprise; operational; systems; logical; physical; decision; The lifecycle perspective; Optimising the solution; Applying architecting in practice.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how complicatedness, complexity, uncertainty are related to systems
  • Describe how systems can be adapted in order to make them adaptable, resilient, agile and sustainable
  • Demonstrate the use of a structured approach in order to create enterprise, operational, systems, logical, physical and decision architectures
  • Apply optimisation techniques to improve relevant aspects of the system’s performance
  • Use appropriate research techniques in order to demonstrate integration between the system perspectives
  • Demonstrate that good research practice has been adopted in investigating, modelling and documenting the architecting of an engineering, business or socio-technical system

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (100%), there is no exam

You'll learn about the principles of complexity and the systems-architecting process which can be applied to a wide range of engineering, business and socio-technical systems.

People, Organisation and Technology (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the “softer” aspects of engineering management. Given some key organisational and technological issues, the main focus is to examine the relationship between “human” elements and change management from an engineering-oriented perspective.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Discuss key issues in organisation and technology by critically defining and discussing key characteristics of an organisation and evaluating the impact of technology on the workplace of the future
  • Understand modern people management concepts and practices by evaluating leadership and motivation techniques using analytical approaches and will demonstrate critical understanding of the role of people in a modern organisation
  • Identify the challenges and consequences of change, including defining and discussing the skills required to handle organisational change and the drivers and obstacles towards organisational change
  • Understand the impact of organisational and technological issues on people when managing changes. This includes identifying drivers and obstacles from organisational, technological and human perspectives using analytical methods as well as creating strategies to help implement changes

Assessment and feedback is given in the form of:

  • Group presentations and a group report
  • An individual essay
Systems Engineering Concepts (10 credits)

This module aims to enable students to understand the principles and techniques of Systems Engineering and demonstrate the appropriate application of these concepts and knowledge within an engineering context.

The module covers: system lifecycle processes and models (waterfall, incremental, spiral, agile etc), V-model, ISO15288 life cycle of systems, approaches to requirements elicitation and analysis, systems decomposition and integration, verification and validation and understanding the relationship with ISO9000, management of complexity including methodologies for the modelling, analysis and optimisation of complexity within systems engineering.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understand of the implications of ISO15288 and ISO9000 from a systems engineering perspective
  • Apply requirements engineering tools and techniques to define and document a system
  • Use optimisation techniques to demonstrate how the system of systems could be restructured in some way to improve performance
  • Demonstrate and critique the application of existing systems lifecycle models and propose adaptations where appropriate

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (100%)

Design Management (10 credits)

This module provides a structured introduction to the Design Management process, issues and tools.

The module covers: Different approaches and aspects to design development including concurrent engineering, team engineering, product management, design management, distributed design, and decision support, the design activity, methods and process models including role of the market, specification, conceptual and detail design, basic team and management structures (organisation), key issues related to design complexities and the key aspects of design coordination, design performance and innovation.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand the role of design within an organisation and the organisational structures required for effective design by articulating the impact of early product delivery with regards to quality, cost and market sales and by describing the different main organisational structures and their impact on the design activity
  • Appreciate the role of design models, approaches and methods by appreciating of the different strengths and weaknesses of models, approaches and methods
  • Appreciate the role of innovation in design and know how to measure design performance by highlighting the key factors in design performance and how they relate as well as the nature and different types of innovation in relation to design

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (100%), there will be no exam.

Postgraduate Group Project (40 credits)

This module aims for students to integrate and apply design, manufacturing and engineering management knowledge and skills to an industry based product and process development project and to develop project management skills.

The module consists of a team-based industrial project where an outline project brief is set by an industrial client. The team is expected to manage all aspects of the project through to a finished solution. This can be a product, system or process depending on the nature of the project. Teams meet with academic staff and industrial clients regularly through the project.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Have in-depth understanding and knowledge of products and management practices in industry
  • Critically review and evaluate products and management practices of the particular company and the business impact of proposed solution
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability in applying and using various analysis and modelling tools and techniques
  • Demonstrate project planning and management, presentation, consulting and team working skills
  • Plan, control and lead an industrial project from inception to completion.
  • Evidence achieving deliverables which meet the client company requirements.

Assessment and feedback includes a project report, a presentation to the client and any other deliverables specified in the project brief.

Postgraduate Individual Project (60 credits)

The aim of the individual project is to allow students to combine the skills learned in other modules of the course and apply them within a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management. This will be achieved through students carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their course and preparing a dissertation that documents the project.

On completion of the module the student is expected to be able to:

  • Define a valid project in a cutting-edge field of study relevant to the student’s degree – with an appropriate methodology and work plan for the project
  • Plan, manage and complete project, involving where appropriate technical analysis and independent critical thinking. This involves giving a thorough, logical and critical review of the subject matter; using appropriate tools, processes and levels of analysis in the project and applying project management techniques to manage a successful project
  • Document their project using suitable presentation techniques (such as language, figures, writing, layout, structure etc.); showing clear evidence of the value of the project and its outcomes and describing the project with clarity

Based on the work of a project, a student will submit an individual dissertation that will account for 90% of the final mark for the class. An interim project justification report will account for the remaining 10% of the mark.

Optional classes

Choose at least two from this list

Strategic Technology Management

This class highlights the role of technology in business strategy for maintaining market competitiveness. 

Product Modelling and Visualisation

You'll be introduced to the concepts of multi-perspective product modelling and techniques used to visualise products before they are fully designed and manufactured.

Strategic Supply Chain Management (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk management, risk-informed decision making and the general principles of risk analysis and its place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to a variety of engineering examples.

The module covers: modelling approaches and methods used by industry currently to manage risk; tools and techniques that are gaining popularity in industry but are not widespread; the basic principles of uncertainty and consequence modelling and the tools and techniques required to apply these principles and Industry standard processes and software tools.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • understand theory that underpins standard approaches to elicitation of expert judgment
  • understand basic theory of fault and event tree modelling
  • understand the standard approaches to modelling dependency between random variables
  • develop the ability to assess the robustness of a risk model
  • understand the standard methods used in ALARP decision-making
  • appreciate the consequences of choosing specific measures for risk

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an exam (50%) and one group assignment (50%).

Design Methods

You'll gain a structured introduction to the design management process, issues and tools.

Knowledge and Information Management for Engineers

You'll develop the skills to design develop and implement knowledge and information management systems.

Sustainable Product Design and Manufacture

You'll develop the skills to address global challenges in sustainable product development and the study of environmental legislation.

Product Costing & Financial Management

You'll be introduced to the strategic aspects of finance relating to decision-making.

Business Simulation Methods

This class introduces two main forms of business simulation: discrete-event simulation and system dynamics (a continuous simulation technique).

Entry requirements

MSc

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.

PgDip

Degree, or good HND plus relevant industrial experience, may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. Depending on satisfactory progress, students may transfer from the Diploma to the Masters course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS (for international students)
6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

2019/20

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £8,100

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £20,050

How can I fund my course?

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £3,000 towards your tuition fees.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time MSc programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Engineering management blends engineering principles and manufacturing technologies with project management and business, whilst systems engineering considers the combination of complex interrelated systems, as well as the human factors, that make up modern engineering projects.

Industries that lead the development of aerospace, automotive, civil and construction, defence, electronics, infrastructure, and power generation projects have identified that systems engineering management skills are the scarcest in the sector and are a rare commodity in today’s recruitment environment.

Example graduate job titles include:

  • Systems Engineering Manager
  • Systems Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer

According to PayScale*, the average Systems Engineering Manager salary is £53,159.

*Last accessed 18 February 2019

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Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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