Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Systems Engineering

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich H641 AAA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H660 AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich H650 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H652 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

97%

of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

DLHE 2015

£27,000

average starting salary

Systems Engineering course overview

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.

The complex integrated systems that influence so many domains in today's society (transport, health, finance, security, military, education, energy etc) ideally should be 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.

Our unique MEng and BEng Systems Engineering courses aim to equip the graduates 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.

In addition to teaching engineering theory and practice, the courses aim to develop:

  • an analytical approach to model, understand, quantify and characterise problems
  • ability to understand customer needs and define functional requirements 
  • creativity to explore innovative 'out of the box' approaches and solutions
  • to take an holistic view of the problem space 
  • an awareness of the many disciplines that impact on system design
  • strong communication and team building skills 
  • leadership and people skills

MEng and BEng courses

The IET and RAeS accredited MEng degree courses are aimed at the most ambitious of students who wish to develop highflying careers within different industrial sectors and to become the future leaders of industry in companies concerned with Systems Engineering.

The MEng courses are the preferred route to achieving Chartered Engineer status. This course of four academic years allows high calibre students to develop their understanding of the role of Systems Engineering in the industrial context, over and beyond that of the BEng courses.

Our Systems Engineering courses have a common first year – your 'essential tool kit'. This gives the flexibility to change course at the end of Year 1 or in some cases at the end of Year 2. It also means that starting on the BEng course can change to the MEng course if their first year performance is sufficiently strong.

From Year 3 onwards students can tailor their course with a wide range of optional modules from within the Schools and across the University to suit individual interests.

In the third and fourth academic years, the MEng courses provide enhanced opportunities to study your chosen specialist subjects in depth. In addition, MEng students follow extra modules in systems architecture, design, and diagnostics, and are offered the chance to study a language.

Professional recognition

The MEng and BEng courses are fully and/or partially accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Facilities

The Department is well-equipped to enable the practical examination of the underlying physics of many everyday phenomena – for example, the study of optics and the behaviour of light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mechanics. In addition to our laboratories, the department also boasts its own radio telescope and an observatory with a 16 inch GPS equatorial mounted Meade optical telescope, 8 inch GPS mobile optical telescope, Coronado solar telescope and an Elliot Instruments spectrometer.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1 and 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Control System Design
  • Digital Systems
  • Electrical Science
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Industrial Project in Systems Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Systems Integration
  • Systems Methods
  • Vehicle Design

Plus one optional Year 2 module from:

Plus one optional Year 2 module from:

  • Electronics
  • Embedded Systems Programming
  • Mechanical Engineering for Robotics

Optional placement/study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Years 3/4 and 4/5

Final year BEng (Hons)

The final academic year of the BEng course is structured around an individual project together with a set of Systems core subjects and a selection of additional optional subjects.

Year 4/Final year MEng (Hons)

Year 3 and the final academic year of the MEng courses are structured around a Professional Development Group Project, and then an individual project respectively, together with a selection of Systems core. Further modules are chosen from the selection of additional optional subjects, with the opportunity to include modules from other courses within the University during Year 3 and the final academic year.

 

Compulsory modules:

  • Applying Management TheoryEngineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality
  • Group Project (MEng only)
  • Human Factors in Systems Design
  • Individual Project
  • Systems Architecture, Simulation and Modelling
  • Systems Diagnostics
  • Systems Engineering Applications Theory
  • Understanding Complexity

Optional subjects:

The following example optional subjects support the BEng and MEng courses:

  • Bioelectricity and Biophotonics Engineering
  • Biomass
  • Communication Network Security
  • Computer Networks
  • Digital Communications Theory and Practice
  • Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation
  • Digital and State Space Control
  • Electronic Systems Design with FPGAs
  • Embedded Systems Design and Implementation
  • Engineering and Management of Capability
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
  • Imagineering Technologies
  • Integration of Renewables
  • Mobile Network Technologies
  • Sensors and Actuators for Control
  • Solar Power
  • Sustainable & Renewable Energy Systems
  • Systems Modelling for Control Engineering
  • Systems Architecture
  • Systems Design
  • Validation and Verification
  • Water Power
  • Wind Power

 

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessment

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical work
  • seminars
  • extensive project work

Lecture-based modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and formal examinations taken at the end of each semester. Project module assessments require written reports and technical presentations, preparing you for your subsequent career. The proportion of coursework assessment is approximately 30% to 50% depending on degree course, semester/year and optional modules.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification for BEng and MEng variants.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

H641 Systems Engineering - MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics and a second science subject. Second science subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including HL Mathematics and either Physics, Design & Technology or Computer Science
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*D*D* in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Electrical/Electronic, Computing

H660 Systems Engineering - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics and a second science subject. Second science subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including HL Mathematics and either Physics, Design & Technology or Computer Science
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*D*D* in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Electrical/Electronic, Computing

H650 Systems Engineering - BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and a second science subject. Second science subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including HL Mathematics and either Physics, Design & Technology or Computer Science
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include Electrical/Electronic, Computing

H652 Systems Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and a second science subject. Second science subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including HL Mathematics and either Physics, Design & Technology or Computer Science
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include Electrical/Electronic, Computing

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is not required.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Sponsorship, scholarships and bursaries

All of our courses have an established reputation with employers in industry. Companies, therefore, target the School with sandwich year opportunities and a number of companies offer sponsorship, for which there is intense competition. Students seeking sponsorship are urged to consult publications such as CRAC and Engineering Opportunities.

We are a member of the IET's Power Academy, an engineering scholarship fund supporting undergraduate students in electrical and power engineering at leading UK universities. We also broker a range of sponsored places from leading companies such as BAE Systems, Frazer- Nash Consultancy and Jaguar Land Rover.

Students studying Systems Engineering 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.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Royal Navy
  • GE Aviation
  • Siemens
  • BAE Systems
  • TRW Automotive
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Shell
  • Airbus

Industrial placement

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).

All of our courses can be taken with a salaried industrial placement in Year 3 and over 50 students take this option every year. For the award of a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) you need to complete a minimum of 45 weeks work in a company.

We are notified of vacancies and opportunities throughout the academic year, and we provide support and help for you to gain a suitable placement.

Recent placement students have worked for virtually every major engineering company in the UK including:

  • Airbus UK
  • BAE Systems
  • Bentley Motors
  • EDF
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • JCB
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • National Grid
  • Rolls-Royce

Our students

Alexandra

Course

Systems Engineering

Department

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

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MEng (Hons)

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Harry

Course

Systems Engineering

Department

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Qualifications

MEng (Hons)

Year of Study

4th

Oliver

Course

Systems Engineering

Department

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Qualifications

BEng (Hons)

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Final

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H641

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H660

BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H650

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H652