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Systems Engineering degrees abroad

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary area of engineering that enables the building, analyzing, and managing of a system. There is a wide range of specific areas and programs you can study including computing, electrical, mechanical, or biological systems engineering.

As a systems engineering student, you’ll be concerned with the development of new technological possibilities, and how they can be put to use as quickly and efficiently as possible. You’ll get the chance to learn from industry experts, and gain experience developing operable systems that meet customer requirements.

Degree programs in systems engineering are available all over the world. Choosing to study abroad means you can access some of the best programs and facilities available, and you’ll gain a unique, global perspective on the subject. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons, learn a new language, and make new friends.

Systems Engineering program structure

You can study systems engineering at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As an undergraduate student, you can study for a certificate or diploma, which will prepare you for further study, or entry-level employment.

Like many engineering programs, at bachelor’s level you can study systems engineering as a BSc or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering). In some countries, the BEng is more common, and it usually includes more practical modules than the BSc. Some universities also offer an MEng (Master of Engineering) program, which is the same as the BEng but includes an extra year that converts your qualification to a master’s.

Bachelor’s programs can last between three and five years. If you already have a bachelor’s in a related subject you can study for an MSc in systems engineering over one or two years. Postgraduate programs are often offered in a specialized area, like embedded systems, or mechatronic systems.

As systems engineering programs are usually offered in specific subjects, like computing systems engineering, the teaching methods and assessment will depend on the course you choose. Most will involve lectures and seminars, as well as lots of practical sessions in workshops and labs. The course content will also vary based on your choice of program, but common modules include:

  • Introduction to engineering
  • Engineering design
  • Dynamics and thermodynamics
  • Mathematics for engineering
  • System modeling
  • Circuit theory
  • Digital technologies
  • Practical project management

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Systems Engineering study abroad programs

Systems engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in systems engineering

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    Avionics Systems Engineering - PBD Kaunas University of Applied Engineering Sciences, Lithuania

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,901 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,640 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Biological Systems Engineering, Bioprocessing and Food Engineering Option - BSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,940 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,940 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Human Systems Engineering (User Experience) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,200 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Systems Engineering and Robotics - BEng (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,906 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computing: Computer Systems Engineering - BSc (Hons) University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,156 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,900 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in systems engineering

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    Computer Systems Engineering - AdvDip Gordon Institute of TAFE, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,549 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,882 AUD

    Start date
    February
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    Computer Systems Engineering, Advanced - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,759 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Computer Systems Technology: Information Systems Engineering - AdvDip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,163 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,167 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Systems engineering graduate programs

Master's in systems engineering

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    Computer Systems Engineering - ME University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,644 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,526 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Electrical Energetics Systems Engineering - MEng Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,179 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,900 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Electrical Engineering: Systems Engineering - MSEng University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Electrical Engineering: Systems Engineering
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    Petroleum Systems Engineering - MEng University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,654 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,666 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Geospatial Systems Engineering - MSc Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,536 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Doctorate in systems engineering

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    Software Systems Engineering - PhD University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,058 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Systems Engineering - PhD University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,520 USD

    Start date
    August
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Diploma in systems engineering

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    Energy Systems Engineering Technician - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,888 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering: Computer Systems Engineering - PGDipEng University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,644 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,526 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in systems engineering

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    Systems Engineering Fundamentals - GradCert Portland State University, USA
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,117 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,117 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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Future systems engineering careers

As a broad, interdisciplinary subject, systems engineering can open up a huge number of career opportunities. If you choose to study a specific area of systems engineering, this will have a large impact on what careers you’ll be eligible for after graduation. Some popular job roles for graduates include:

  • Computing systems engineer
  • Mechanical systems engineer
  • Operations manager
  • Logistics specialist
  • Project manager
  • Analyst

A systems engineering program will give you a wide range of transferable skills, so don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what career you want to pursue after graduation. If you need help deciding, speak to the university’s career services who can help find the right path.