Systems Engineering Fast-Track


This four-day course not only provides insights to the overall systems-engineering process, but details methods and tools that support that process. The methods and tools presented are pragmatic and practical and have been used on real programmes and bids in the range of £10M to £2Bn.

"In a period when platforms are likely to remain in service for many years, unless systems engineering capability and vital long-term knowledge is maintained, it is little use investing in cutting-edge science. New technologies will have less benefit without knowledge of how they might be exploited and inserted into existing equipment."
UK Defence Industrial Strategy Defence White Paper

This course is taught by the well-known systems-engineering practitioner Dr Rob Collins, who has worked for many years 'at the coal-face' improving processes, introducing tools and methods and providing staff training. This course is based on 20 years experience in systems engineering and draws in current state-of-the-art knowledge in the field.

People who attend this course are normally from other disciplines (electronics, communications, software engineering, logistics, safety, training etc.) who are newly moving into systems engineering, or want a re-fresher course on newer techniques (such as the use of SysML and MODAF).

It is ideal for team leaders who are seeking to improve their team’s performance in an efficient manner; those who are new to large-scale systems development or want to refresh existing knowledge and skills; organizations that are looking to improve in areas such as requirements management, system modelling and the systems-engineering process, or those aiming to reach higher CMMI® levels.

Programme details

The Systems Engineering Process

  • Improving your own Systems Engineering process
  • Elements of a high-quality Systems Engineering process
  • Moving your process to where it needs to be
  • Decision analysis and Trade-studies

A Systems Engineering Database

  • Requirements management: methods, structures and traceability
  • Writing Excellent Requirements
  • Configuration management
  • Metrics for process and product

Systems Modelling

  • SysML and UML for Systems Engineering
  • Architectural frameworks – MODAF, NAF and DoDAF
  • Architectural design and interface control

Systems Integrity

  • Rigorous inspections and Gateway Reviews
  • Threads analysis
  • Failure-domain analysis - FMECA, HAZOP and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Capturing rationale


  • Verification planning
  • Verification management
  • Working successfully with customers and suppliers
  • Metrics and reporting
  • Hints, tips and traps

The Human Face of Systems Engineering

Integrating with other key disciplines

First day registration from 8.30am when course materials will be distributed.
Refreshments from 8.30am on the first day plus two 30 minute breaks during the day and a one-hour lunch break.
The course will begin at 9.00am and end at approximately 5.00pm on each day.

Attending Your Course 

Further details will be emailed to you two weeks ahead of your course, this will include registration information and an overview of the course timetable.

Please get in touch if you have not received this information within five working days of the course start date. 

In the meantime, you may wish to plan your travel: Travel information


Digital Certification

To complete the course, you will be required to attend and participate in all of the sessions on the course in order to be considered for a certificate. Participants who complete the course will receive a link to download a University of Oxford digital certificate. Information on how to access this digital certificate will be emailed to you after the end of the course.

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended. You will also be able to download your certificate or share it on social media if you choose to do so.


Description Costs
Standard course fee £1625.00


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

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Dr Rob Collins


Dr Rob Collins

Visiting Fellow

Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Dr Rob Collins is a visiting fellow of Kellogg College Oxford and regularly teaches courses at the University – both through Continuing Professional Development and through the Computing Laboratory.

As well as his academic teaching work Dr Collins regularly provides consultancy to industry in the area of Business Process Excellence and Systems Engineering.  He gained his Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma from Lockheed Martin – the world's largest Systems Engineering company and a world-leader in advanced technology.

As well as his undergraduate degree in Physics and Computing, Dr Collins holds a PhD completed within a Psychology Department. Dr Collins’ PhD focussed on training, psychology and processes for introducing complex technology into learning environments. Dr Collins’ completed an MBA in 2012 at Henley Business School. He thus has a strategic business view as well as deep understanding and practical experience of hands-on process improvement in technology and service.


If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please click Contact Us at the top of this page.

Level and demands

Graduate-level engineers from companies that develop, or are part of a team that develops complex systems, which have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Have around 500 to 2000 individually identified requirements
  • Range in value from £10M to £2.5Bn
  • Have safety or security critical elements
  • Incorporate or interface with significant levels of legacy technology
  • Involve teams of companies
  • Involve more than one technology area, for example: software, electronics, electro-mechanics, hydraulics and human systems elements

Perhaps you would like to update your skills in systems engineering for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You have recognised that your organisation needs to improve in areas including: requirements management, system modelling and the systems-engineering process
  • Your organisation has a target to reach higher CMMI® levels
  • You are new to large-scale systems development or you want to refresh your existing knowledge and skills
  • You are a team leader and want information that you can use to improve the performance of your team in an efficient manner


Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.