MSc Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management

This MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronics) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering with an electronics emphasis. Graduating from this postgraduate course should increase your employability and enhance your suitability for further research or training options.

Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management

Key information



Mode of Study:



18 months


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

Almost every business or organisation has a system to keep things working efficiently and productively. This system might keep information moving securely and efficiently or ensure product distribution or service availability. A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology and its users, customers and stakeholders. So, you’ll need a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, along with the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensure systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in a user-friendly fashion.

That might sound like a tall order, but it’s a hugely rewarding career path. This master’s degree is an excellent opportunity for you to develop a unique blend of practical engineering and management-orientated learning. Our expert team will support you in building your specialist systems engineering knowledge and skills, focusing on electronics. Completing this course successfully should make you highly employable in a range of sectors and settings.

The course meets professional institution standards in the UK and Europe and addresses a range of contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. If you’re looking to take a systems-based approach to engineering management, this course is could be ideal.

  • We’ll support you as you develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of how to apply advanced engineering concepts and design methodologies to the design of electronics-based equipment.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of digital signal processing in control applications.
  • You’ll have the chance to explore advanced artificial intelligence techniques used in designing and controlling automated machinery.
  • We’ll help you develop a detailed understanding of how ‘total quality management’ applies to design, manufacture and project management.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the commercial side of project management, including contract negotiation, stakeholder management, quotations, procurement and a range of other financial and legal matters.
Key Features
  • The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and Europe.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement and/or an industry-based project.
  • You can also choose from two alternative pathways: Mechatronics or Mechanical Systems Engineering.
  • You can select common systems modules, whichever pathway you take.
  • This course is based at the University of Bolton’s campus in the North West of England.
  • It’s part of a well-established suite of master’s degree programmes in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management that offers opportunities for study in Germany and dual award options.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.

  • Normally, you should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in an engineering-related subject, and appropriate work experience.
  • We'll be happy to consider your application if you have alternative equivalent qualifications with extensive relevant work experience.
  • We welcome your application if you hold a degree awarded by an overseas institution. The University will assess the equivalence of your qualifications.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • We're more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact the Programme Leader to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it's not our usual practice for this course.)

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This master's degree addresses contemporary engineering and engineering management issues. In addition to helping develop your technical knowledge and experience, this postgraduate programme can give you greater confidence in your transferable and personal skills. These can include communication and teamwork, problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical skills, all of which will be invaluable for your career success. Engineers are an integral part of our society and are often sought after for their analytical, computing and managerial abilities.

What can I do with this qualification?

Successful completion of this course will help you progress to a management role in an engineering-based organisation. As a graduate of this master's degree, you'll possess an in-depth understanding of systems engineering in electronics.

You may find career opportunities in project management, engineering design, materials and mechanics, dynamics and control and systems analysis. You'll be able to seek work in a wide variety of organisations and industries, such as engineering consultancies and design practices, oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, food and drink, water and energy, research organisations and academic institutions.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and drilling
  • Production management
  • Technical sales
  • Water engineering
  • IT
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Consultancy
  • Civil engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Building services
  • Telecommunications
  • Waste management
  • Quality management

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £5,280 for the academic year 2023/24.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £13,550 for the academic year 2023/24.

Useful information

Please note the total course fee for a Home student starting this course in 2023/24 will be £7,920. As this is an 18-month course, the fees are £5,280 for the first year and £2,640 for the final semester.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


Click here for more information on our Master's Bursaries.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

Thank you for your interest

In order to determine your suitability for this course as an international student and also to confirm you meet any initial eligibility criteria, we need you to answer a few short questions.


We use a blended teaching and learning approach, including case studies, discussions, lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and computer-aided learning sessions. We expect you to be relatively autonomous and self-directed in your studies, but of course, we’ll offer you plenty of encouragement and support along the way. The project aspect of the programme is your chance to integrate and demonstrate the practical and theoretical aspects of the course. The project carries a third of the total marks for this qualification and is assessed jointly by the course supervisor and an external supervisor.

Each module on the programme involves several formal assessments. These contribute to your final grade for the module and your overall master’s qualification. Assessment types are varied but typically include assignments, practical work, projects, oral presentations (including presentations based on your main project) and formal examinations at the end of the programme.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Intelligent Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Business in Engineering
  • Technical Publications and Presentations
  • Advanced Control Technology
  • Microprocessor Based Systems
  • Project Management
  • Integrated Management Systems
  • Master’s Project
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 66%, Practical exams 12%, Written exams 22%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Mamadou Ndiaye
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903026

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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