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EngD/MSc/PgDip/PgCertSystems 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 this 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 in order 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 and 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.

Our work in partnership with a number of global companies with extensive systems engineering expertise, not only 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 in the programme, 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

You’ll study

You'll take a number of compulsory and optional modules. The Masters project provides the opportunity to work with an industrial partner.

Major Projects 

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 and 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 Industrial Group Projects work in conjunction with major organisations that face challenges with the management of major systems engineering projects and have a demand for the skills gained from this course.

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 includes:

  • 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.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Systems Architectures and Design

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

You'll develop skills to manage the relationship between 'human' elements and change management from an engineering-oriented perspective.

Systems Integration

You'll address the concepts of systems and their integration in a CAD system application and in advanced product design, such as design for manufacture/assembly. 

Engineering Risk Management

This class covers a wide range of tools that can be used to manage risk within systems engineering programmes.

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.

Postgraduate Individual Project (MSc only)

MSc students undertake a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management and prepare a dissertation.

Optional classes

Choose at least two from this list

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 Technology Management

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

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.

Strategic Supply Chain Management

You'll develop the skills in modelling, analysing, diagnosing and re-designing/improving supply chains.

Business Simulation Methods

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

Entry requirements

EngD/MSc

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

PgDip

Degree or good HND, plus relevant industrial experience.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

2018/19

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

Scotland/EU

  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £18,750

How can I fund my course?

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

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.

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