Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Systems Engineering

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

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

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, InstMC 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, the Institute of Measurement and Control, and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Facilities

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. STEMLab will include a suite of laboratories for practical work in bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern environment.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, 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.

Modules


Year 1 and 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Aircraft Design
  • Circuits
  • Control System Design
  • Electronics
  • Electromagnetism 
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Programming and Software Design
  • Signals and Systems
  • Systems Integration
  • Systems Methods

Optional modules:

  • Communications
  • Electromechanical Systems

Optional placement/study year

Optional professional placement and/or overseas study.

Years 3/4 and 4/5

Compulsory modules:

  • Enterprise Systems Engineering
  • Human Factors in Systems Design
  • Group Project
  • Individual Project
  • Materials Properties and Application
  • Systems Diagnostics
  • Systems Engineering Applications Theory
  • Understanding Complexity

Optional subjects:

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

  • Bioelectricity – Fundamentals and Applications
  • Biophotonics Engineering
  • Business Management 
  • Communications
  • Communications Security
  • Computer Architecture 
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Electrical Machine Modeling
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Engineering and Management of Capability
  • Fast Transient Sensors
  • Integration of Renewables 
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Sensors and Actuators for Control
  • Software Engineering 
  • Solar Power
  • Systems Architecture
  • Systems Design
  • Systems Modelling
  • Validation and Verification
  • Wind Power

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


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.


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.

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

Course fees

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900   |   Year of entry: 2018

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.

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

Qualifications

MEng (Hons)

Year of Study

4th

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)

Year of Study

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