Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Systems Engineering

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

Systems Engineering is a structured comprehensive approach to solving today’s complex technical challenges, particularly those related to the design and development of highly sophisticated systems, such as aircraft, ships, automobiles, telecommunications networks, energy infrastructures or information management systems.

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  • Additional Award
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MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Systems Engineering

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

Systems Engineering is a structured comprehensive approach to solving today’s complex technical challenges, particularly those related to the design and development of highly sophisticated systems, such as aircraft, ships, automobiles, telecommunications networks, energy infrastructures or information management systems.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 3rd in the UK  for student satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • £29,000 average starting salary (DLHE 2014)
  • 97% of employed graduates in professional / managerial roles (2014 graduates)
  • 1st in the UK for engineering placements (2014/15 HESA UG Student Record)

This is the only dedicated Systems Engineering Undergraduate course in the country.

Combining theory and practice throughout, it does not lock you in to a stove pipe discipline but allows you to tailor your degree to suit your interests or chosen career paths.

Companies actively seek our undergraduate system engineers because we produce the best undergraduate system engineers in the world.

This is the range of skills we facilitate in addition to teaching engineering theory and practice 

  • an analytical approach to enable students to model, understand, quantify and characterise problems
  • ability to understand customer needs and translate them into a set of functional requirements which will deliver a system 'fit for purpose'
  • creativity to explore innovative 'out of the box' approaches and alternative solutions
  • to take an holistic view of the problem space and not leap into solutions which will probably not deliver against customer requirements  
  • an awareness of the many disciplines that impact on system design, from the different branches of engineering to law, commerce, management, logistics and politics
  • strong communication and team building skills through group project work in each year
  • leadership and people skills so that they can take group members with them when they are right but also the ability to listen to their colleagues and learn when they are wrong.

 

Those qualities can all be taught but successful system engineers need something more – insight that lets them see the real problem and its solution and not be deflected by the surface detail.

Systems Engineering is the structured comprehensive approach to solving today’s complex technical challenges, particularly those related to the design and development of highly sophisticated systems, such as aircraft, ships, automobiles, telecommunications networks, energy infrastructures or information management systems.

 The complex integrated systems that influence so many domains in our society today (transport, health, finance, security, military, education, energy etc) can only be satisfactorily designed by considering the system as a whole. That includes looking across all of the component parts of a system and along the whole system lifecycle from feasibility through design, manufacture and operations to disposal. 

It is the systems engineer's job to integrate all the key elements in a system including hardware, software, firmware, people, information, techniques, facilities and services, to achieve the required system capability and performance.

The breadth of Systems Engineering means that it impacts upon the system development process, the management of projects, the way in which project teams work effectively, the introduction of innovative products and the development of well-integrated products, systems or services.

Systems engineering is a relatively new discipline, emerging from military and space programs in the mid-1960s.  Today the need for systems engineering is recognised across a range of commercial and engineering domains and is a viable alternative to Aeronautical, Automotive, Mechanical and Material Engineering among others.

The course aims to equip the students with knowledge and understanding of a range of Systems Engineering tools and methods together with experience of applying these tools in a variety of individual and group projects across different engineering and business domains.

Student Project video

All engineering is problem solving.  This short video shows you one of the many problems being tackled by our final year undergraduates as they become engineers.  

 

To see more student project video visit our website

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich H641
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H660
BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich H650
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H652
MEng and BEng courses

Our courses have a common first year – your ‘essential tool kit’: this gives the flexibility to change course within the School at the end of Year 1 or in some cases at the end of Year 2. It also means that students entering the School on a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) course can change to a Master of Engineering (MEng) course if their first year performance is sufficiently strong.

From Year 2 onwards students can gradually tailor their course with a wide range of optional modules from within the Schools and across the University to suit individual interests.

Professional recognition

The quality and content of our courses is regularly assessed by professional engineering institutions under the umbrella of the Engineering Council UK.

The MEng and BEng are accredited as being in complete and partial fulfillment respectively of all educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status by

  • the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET)
  • the Institute of Measurement and Control and
  • the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Assessment

This is by coursework and examination. Students are required to achieve a minimum of 100 credits in each year that they study.  MEng students need to maintain an average of 55% in each year; BEng students need to target 40% across modules in each year.

Selection

We do not currently interview as part of our selection process. We use the information contained in your UCAS application form to decide whether we are able to make an offer. All students receiving offers are invited to a Visit Day when you can talk to staff and current students as well as enjoy conducted School and campus tours, including accommodation. Visits can also be arranged prior to application – please contact the Admissions Tutor.

Sponsorship, scholarships and bursaries

Sponsorship offers extra support while studying and a welcome financial boost, but also the chance to develop skills during summer and year placements. We broker a range of sponsored places from leading companies such as BAE Systems, dstl, Frazer- Nash Consultancy and Jaguar Land Rover.

We are also a member of the IET’s Power Academy, an engineering scholarship fund supporting undergraduate students in electrical and power engineering at leading UK universities.

Students studying any of the School’s degree courses and intending to take up a career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service may be eligible for financial support under the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology has its own sponsorship schemes, and is also able to supply a list of companies offering sponsorship.

The School and the University offer a number of annual scholarship and bursary schemes. These may be awarded according to academic achievement or fee status, or for those with outstanding abilities in sport or music. The scholarships and bursaries available are updated from year to year, so please contact the Admissions Tutor for the most recent information.

Graduate destinations

The recognised importance of Systems Engineering in the modern world and the broad-based nature of our Systems Engineering course means that graduates enjoy employment opportunities in a wide range of commercial domains.

Recent graduate destinations include Royal Navy, GE Aviation, Siemens, BAE Systems, TRW Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover, Shell and Airbus.

The Government’s first destination statistics for the last three years indicate that almost 90% of our graduates, on average, are in professional employment six months after graduating.

STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces. 

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Find out more about our new facility

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Circuits
  • Signals and Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Electromagnetism 
  • Programming and Software Design
  • Electronics
  • Introduction to Systems Engineering for Projects
Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Aircraft Design
  • Control System Design
  • Mechanics 
  • Mathematics
  • Systems Integration
  • Systems Methods
  • Plus one option from Communications; Electromechanical Systems
Optional placement / study year

Optional professional placement and/or overseas study

Final year BEng

Compulsory Modules

  • Human Factors in Systems Design
  • Individual Project
  • Materials Properties and Application
  • Systems Engineering Applications Theory
  • Plus three options from optional modules list below
Year 3 and final year MEng

Compulsory Modules

  • Group Project
  • Human Factors in Systems Design
  • Individual Advanced Project
  • Materials Properties and Applications
  • Soft Systems Engineering 
  • Systems Diagnostics
  • Systems Engineering Applications Theory 
  • Understanding Complexity
  • Plus six options

Optional modules for Years 3 and 4 include:

  • Advanced Control
  • Advanced Photovoltaics
  • Bioelectricity – Fundamentals and Applications
  • Biomass
  • Biophotonics Engineering
  • Business Management 
  • Communications
  • Communications Security
  • Computer Architecture 
  • Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio
  • Electrical Machine Modeling
  • Electronics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Energy Storage
  • Engineering and Management of Capability
  • Finite Element Laboratory
  • Fast Transient Sensors
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing 
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • Integration of Renewables 
  • Intelligent Signal Processing
  • Mobile Network Technologies
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Sensors and Actuators for Control
  • Software Engineering 
  • Solar Power
  • Solar Thermal Systems
  • Systems Architecture
  • Systems Design
  • Validation and Verification
  • Water Power
  • Wind Power

The course also includes contributions from industrial organisations and contains additional material drawn from a large number of academic disciplines, including:

  • Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Computer Science
  • Ergonomics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Civil and Building Engineering

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: H641 MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including Maths and at least one from a Science subject, D&T, Electronics, Systems & Control, Further Maths or Computing
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AA including Maths and either a Science subject, Electronics or Computer Science plus Highers at majority A Grade
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 in HL Maths and 6 at HL in a science subject
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DDD overall, Distinction in all maths modules and to include A-level Maths at Grade A
Additional

UCAS code: H660 MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
AAA including Maths and at least one from a Science subject, D&T, Electronics, Systems & Control, Further Maths or Computing
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AA including Maths and either a Science subject, Electronics or Computer Science plus Highers at majority A Grade
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 in HL Maths and 6 at HL in a science subject
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DDD overall, Distinction in all maths modules and to include A-level Maths at Grade A
Additional

UCAS code: H650 BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including Maths and at least one from a Science subject, D&T, Electronics, Systems & Control, Further Maths or Computing
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Maths and either a Science subject, Electronics or Computer Science plus Highers at majority A/B grade
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL or 6 at SL in Maths and 5 at HL or 6 at SL in a science subject
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DDD overall, Distinction in all maths modules and to include A-level Maths at Grade B
Additional

UCAS code: H652 BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB including Maths and at least one from a Science subject, D&T, Electronics, Systems & Control, Further Maths or Computing
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Maths and either a Science subject, Electronics or Computer Science plus Highers at majority A/B grade
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL or 6 at SL in Maths and 5 at HL or 6 at SL in a science subject
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DDD overall, Distinction in all maths modules and to include A-level Maths at Grade B
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2017-18

 

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students (Band B course) £19,900

 

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Industrial placements

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA student record)

This course provides the option of a paid year working in industry. Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

Recent companies who have employed placement students from the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering include Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Bentley Motors, EDF, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Grid and Rolls-Royce.  

Study abroad

Our MEng courses are designed to be compatible with the longer courses that are standard in many European universities so International Exchange schemes, including ERASMUS, present opportunities for study abroad.

In particular the UNITECH scheme allows students on MEng courses to combine study in a top European institution with a work placement at a large multinational engineering company, and leads to a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS).

Placement year at JCB

Luke Ellis, an undergraduate student from the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with JCB

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H641

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H660

BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H650

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H652

Our students

Oliver C

“I did my placement at BAE Systems. This was an invaluable experience giving me insight into a professional engineering company and developing my interpersonal work skills.”

Phoebe R

“The teaching in the department is exceptional. I find the staff extremely approachable and willing to help. In your first year you are assigned a personal tutor, I have found this very useful and the staff have a genuine interest in your progress.”

Richard G

“The course is dynamic and offers a wide range of module topics which has allowed me to tailor my degree as I desire.”

Ali O

“The lecturers are leading experts in their field and many of them conduct their research at the University giving the students first hand contact with their latest developments and findings.”

Ryan Y

“I love that in my course everything I am currently working on is either a piece of software or a robot and that there will be a usable final product at the end of it.”

Robbie G

"Working with industry standard equipment facilitates a better quality learning experience for Loughborough undergraduates."

Alex S

“There is a reason Loughborough has been rated the best university for student satisfaction on multiple occasions.”

Alexandra P

"Loughborough has the only dedicated systems course in the country, which I was really excited about."

Anika M

"I knew people who had studied at Loughborough before and the nature of the work they were involved in was truly innovative and inspiring."

Harry L

"Loughborough presented a place within a community rather than just an education."

Oliver C

“I did my placement at BAE Systems. This was an invaluable experience giving me insight into a professional engineering company and developing my interpersonal work skills.”

Phoebe R

“The teaching in the department is exceptional. I find the staff extremely approachable and willing to help. In your first year you are assigned a personal tutor, I have found this very useful and the staff have a genuine interest in your progress.”

Richard G

“The course is dynamic and offers a wide range of module topics which has allowed me to tailor my degree as I desire.”

Ali O

“The lecturers are leading experts in their field and many of them conduct their research at the University giving the students first hand contact with their latest developments and findings.”

Ryan Y

“I love that in my course everything I am currently working on is either a piece of software or a robot and that there will be a usable final product at the end of it.”

Robbie G

"Working with industry standard equipment facilitates a better quality learning experience for Loughborough undergraduates."

Alex S

“There is a reason Loughborough has been rated the best university for student satisfaction on multiple occasions.”

Alexandra P

"Loughborough has the only dedicated systems course in the country, which I was really excited about."

Anika M

"I knew people who had studied at Loughborough before and the nature of the work they were involved in was truly innovative and inspiring."

Harry L

"Loughborough presented a place within a community rather than just an education."