Our MSc in Systems Engineering Management has been running for nearly 15 years with great success. Throughout this time the course has evolved to meet the requirements of our students for a course that incorporates up to date material and is relevant to their careers.
One piece of feedback from current students, which we have recently acted on, was that if the course were accredited by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) then it would help them achieve CEng registration. In addition, some potential students have told us that they would be more likely to enrol if the course were accredited.
So over a year ago we embarked on a project to seek accreditation for the course. It has been hard work, especially through the summer when we had to prepare all the evidence required and submit it to the IET. Also, during this process we identified ways we could improve the course, which we have now implemented.
In November 2013, after reviewing our submission, a panel from the IET visited us to meet our staff and students and ask us lots of questions. The panel “found it to be an excellent programme highly valued by the students, some of whom had senior positions in industry and found the material very relevant and useful” and “the programme is also highly valued by industry”.
We had a small number of requirements that needed to be addressed, which we responded to in an action plan, before we were told that our application had been successful.
As a course team, we are delighted to have achieved IET accreditation, as we hope will be the many past, present and future students who will benefit.