Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realisation of successful systems.

It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem:

  • Operations
  • Performance
  • Test
  • Manufacturing
  • Cost & Schedule
  • Training & Support
  • Disposal

Systems Engineering integrates all the disciplines and specialty groups into a team effort forming a structured development process that proceeds from concept to production to operation. Systems Engineering considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user needs. 

Definition of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

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Knowledge Centres Driving innovation

The three main challenge areas are shown below, although our work is by no means limited to these three areas, as can be seen from our work in the Special Interest Groups of Internet of Things, Smart DC, Smart Energy and the Connected Digital Economy Catapult group.

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We are very pleased to announce that the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Academic Accreditation Committee has approved the accreditation of the MSc in Systems Engineering Management. T...

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