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System Engineering, Safety and Automotive Standards


The module details the fundamental principles pertinent to Systems Engineering, Systems thinking, Functional Safety new safety analysis techniques and standards (e.g. SoTIF, BSI PAS:1880, BSI PAS:1883, etc.) . Beginning with Systems Engineering the module covers the principles and concepts of complexity and systems thinking, Lean engineering, and system architecture. Moving on to functional safety, and incorporating the systems engineering principles the student covers the safety lifecycle, hazard and risk analysis, system/hardware/software development, and the associated processes including safety and change management, confidence levels and ultimately

The purpose of the module is to ensure the student is capable of both understanding and following the essential processes in developing complex automotive systems, from understanding the user cases, requirements, specifications through to validation and verification of functional and safe systems. Systems Engineering is the industrial framework for developing complex systems, and functional safety ensure they are safe to use.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Critically Evaluate the Systems Engineering approach and its practical application in Automotive Engineering
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently evaluate customer needs and interpret requirements in advanced complex systems
  • Comprehensively apply safety principles in the design of complex automotive applications
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge from relevant automotive standards to critique designs, test techniques, etc.


  • Post Module Assignment (70%)
  • In module assessment (30%)


2 weeks including 25 hours of lectures, 6 hours of supervised practical classes, 8 hours of seminars or group activities and 1 hour of intro to PMA.

This is an elective module on MSc Smart, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles.

Please note: the details of this module are correct for the current year of study and may be subject to change for future years.