Systems Engineering

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The Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems is a flagship programme within the Systems Centre at Bristol. It is an EPSRC-funded, industry-sponsored collaboration between Bristol and Bath universities, offers a four-year postgraduate research programme with a taught component.

The EngD is intended for the UK's most able research engineers who will be tomorrow's industry leaders. An alternative to the PhD, the EngD is vocationally oriented to suit industry's needs. EngD students (Research Engineers) spend about 75% of their time working in a company on collaborative research projects.


Core Units

Year One

* Systems Engineering
* Problem Structuring and Research Methods
* Mathematics for Systems
* Commercialisation of New Technology (University of Bath)

Year Two

* Socio-technical Systems
* Complex Systems Design
* Technology, Strategy and Organisation (University of Bath)
* Integrating Engineering and Management Systems

One elective unit is to be taken in the first two years, selected from a wide range of options.

Research groups Your research topic must be suitable for application of Systems models (conceptual, mathematical, computational) in any area of the research activities covered by Bristol's Faculty of Engineering, Bath's School of Management or Bath's Faculty of Engineering. The focus of the EngD in Systems is on creating and managing systems for enhanced performance. This is a 'holistic' approach to engineering, based on systems thinking, which overlaps with other research topics and which can be applied to social, environmental, business or manufactured systems.

More than 80 Systems EngD projects have been established as part of the programme in the last six years, sponsored by 45 companies in the UK. Up to 40 per cent of EngD in Systems projects are focused on product and technology design and complex systems design, an area of modern design, based on advanced computational and mathematical modelling to enable to shorten time to market of new products. Examples of such projects include:

* developing new metrology tools for aerospace industry;
* state-of-the-art technologies for helicopter design;
* advanced security systems;
* space weather forecast models;
* computer-aided design software tools for electric motors and generators;
* design of new tools for motion control systems;
* software tools for plastic components design and manufacturing.

Some projects deal with optimisation of the engineering design process itself, based on integrated approaches to computational modelling. Additionally, the projects address the industry need for advanced measurement and control systems in manufacturing processes, which will ultimately reduce waste and costs in modern manufacturing processes.

* problems of aging infrastructure;
* creating a framework for policy-making decisions for smart cities of the future;
* studying demand and use of energy in built environments;
* creating new business models for infrastructure projects;
* developing bespoke sustainability tools for decision-making;
* implementing new technologies into real-world applications for infrastructure measurement;
* developing understanding of sustainable buildings for the future;
* innovating transport systems.


An upper second-class degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline. Applicants without a recognised degree may be accepted if they can demonstrate significant industrial experience. All applicants will be interviewed and should demonstrate leadership potential.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

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