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Systems Engineering Technical Leadership

Course Aims

Participants in the Systems Engineering Technical Leadership MSc Degree Apprenticeship will be equipped to play leadership and management roles in complex Systems Engineering development environments. In these environments the purpose is to create and execute an interdisciplinary process to ensure that the customer and stakeholder's needs are satisfied in a high quality, trustworthy, cost efficient and schedule compliant manner throughout a system's entire life cycle. Systems Engineers integrate multiple technological elements in complex systems that, in the case of socio-technical systems, may also include organisational elements and human interactions. Socio-technical systems include requirements that span hardware, software, personnel, and community aspects (e.g. a rail network includes human considerations at many different levels).

The programme is heavily focussed on the application of evidence-based theory into participants' technical, managerial and leadership practice. WMG's programme is uniquely delivered by academic practitioners with considerable business experience. These tutors will guide participants in the application of their knowledge, skills and behaviours so that during the programme they progress from knowing about the subject to being better technical managers and leaders in their chosen industry. This apprenticeship is mapped to the Post Graduate Systems Engineering Degree Apprenticeship level 7 standard vs 2.

Course Learning Outcomes
  • Comprehension of the management and leadership requirements necessary in order to develop effective systems engineering solutions in a range of domains
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of the technical systems engineering activities employed in the design, implementation and verification of effective software and hardware solutions in a range of domains
  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship
  • originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline
  • conceptual understanding that enables the student: to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.
Module Requirements for the MSc in Systems Engineering Technical Leadership

Candidates for the MSc will be required to take 180 credits, including 120 credits from the Required list as well as a dissertation project.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma will be required to take 120 credits from the Required list.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate will be required to pass 60 credits from the Required list.


Definition of terms:

  • Core: students must pass the module (50% or above)
  • Optional core: students must take the stated proportion of modules from this list and must achieve a pass (50% or above).
  • Required: students must achieve mark of 40% or above on the module
  • Defined Elective: students must take the stated proportion of modules from this limited list
  • Optional (elective) modules: students may take any remaining credits from this list after satisfying the list requirements outlined above
  • Students are still required to achieve the stated amount of passed credits and credits failed in the 40s for award as per General PGT Regulations page

Course regulations are written as the basis on which awards can be made. They are not written to make any guarantee of which optional modules may be available in any location in a specific academic year.

21/22: Systems Engineering Technical Leadership – Part Time Programme


Module Code

Module Name




MSc Dissertation




Performance Evaluation and Control



Opportunity Development Realisation



Collaborative Working



Requirements Management and High-Level Design



Systems Engineering Management



Technology Management and Innovation



Management of Major Projects



Systems Integration, Verification & Validation



Students may apply to the Programme Management for exemptions from specific modules, and, if granted, must select an alternative appropriate elective module to comply with the module requirements for the course. Modules listed under other WMG modular master’s degree regulations may be available to candidates for these awards as a replacement for those listed above, subject to approval by the Director of Studies.