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Level 7 Systems Engineering Apprenticeship

Systems Engineering Master's Degree Apprenticeship

Our apprenticeship programme offers an ideal way to train and invest in valuable early career engineers, whilst boosting your organisations' productivity and competitive advantage in the marketplace by enhancing the effectiveness of your workforce. The combination of compulsory and elective modules provides some element of choice over course content so that it is tailored to your strategic needs, and the Capstone Project is directly linked to your business requirements. It also allows you to unlock value from your Apprenticeship Levy in line with the funding band, and develop possible further collaborative relationships with the University. Please visit the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education to get a full overview of the relevant occupational standard. 

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About Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering is a transdisciplinary approach that integrates all disciplines and speciality groups into a team effort, developing an innovation from concept to fully operational system. 

It considers business and technical needs to create a quality product that meets all requirements. Systems Engineers are able to think systemically (considering the whole system) and systematically (adopting a methodical consideration of the system parts) to cope effectively with complexity. 

Entry Requirements

The typical applicant will hold an honours degree (normally at 2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in an appropriate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) subject area. For applicants with qualifications slightly below this level, alternative qualfications or professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must hold and be able to evidence a qualification in Mathematics and English at Level 2 (GCSE grades A*-C or equivalent). Applicants who do not have GCSE Mathematics and English, but have an equivalent level qualification may be accepted and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

Programme Structure

The Master's Level Apprenticeship programme is structure over four years.

The award of the MSc requires the completion of 180 credits. The MSc element of the Apprenticeship is completed in Years 1-3, with the final months, in Year 4, dedicated to pulling together the information required for the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment. The final L7 Apprenticeship certificate is awarded with pass or distinction. 

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment comprises a report and presentation based on one or more projects completed during the Apprenticeship, plus a separate profssional interview, based on a portfolio of evidence. This will be examined by industry-based assessors and must be passed to achieve the Level 7 Apprenticeship award.


Compulsory modules - all apprentices must complete:

  • Applied Systems Thinking
  • Systems Architecture
  • Group Project
  • Individual Capstone Project

Elective modules

Group A - at least one of the following:

  • Mechatronics System Design
  • Machine Learning - Principles and Applications for Engineers

Group B - three or four from:

  • Holistic Engineering
  • Validation and Verification (V&V)
  • Modelling, Simulation and Visualisation for Engineering
  • Engineering and Managing Capability
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering
  • Systems Design

Group C - one module may be chosen from:

  • Engineering for Sustainable Development
  • Additive Manufacturing (AM)
  • Computer Aided Engineering 
  • Engineering Design Methods
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Communications Networks
  • Telecommunications Network Security
  • Lean and Agile Manufacturing 
  • Manufacturing Processes and Automation

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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU