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PGCert System Safety Engineering

Understand the core aspects of how complex products and services undertake tasks that pose a risk to human lives, and become a practioner in keeping people safe.

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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This course will provide you with the educational background required to become a leader in the field of safety critical systems engineering, whether you are currently a practising - or aspiring - professional in this area.

Products and services are taking on more authority over activities that have the capability to pose a risk to human lives. System safety professionals address a web of interlinked contributing factors to assess the safety of these products or services.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to become a practitioner, or enhance your existing practice, in the core aspects of safety-critical systems engineering and to reflect on the implications of your work both for your current role and for society as a whole. Three strands of work will develop your skills: system safety thinking, skills as a safety engineer and professionalism.

The course will enable you to become better equipped to make a contribution to your organisation. We will provide you with an initial grounding and practical experience in the use of techniques for the development and assurance of the safety characteristics of systems or services that have safety implications. You will explore the principles behind these techniques so that you can make sound safety engineering judgments. You'll also have the opportunity to investigate the latest research. 

The course employs the extensive research and industrial experience of the developers of the work packages you will address. It brings together safety professionals from many different domains (aerospace, military, automotive, railway, nuclear) to ensure your learning is as varied and as comprehensive as possible.

This course is also available as an MSc in Safety Critical Systems Engineering or a PGDip in Safety Critical Systems Engineering.

Accreditation

The courses may be used as part of a Continuing Professional Development programme for The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) or The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) members.

Course content

The course can be taken on a full or part time basis, meaning it is flexible and can easily fit in around work commitments.

Each 10 credit module will require you to attend University for five days. You will undertake intensive teaching sessions based on lectures, case-studies and exercises.  

Dates the modules are running and further information.

Modules

There are 60 credits of taught modules in total throughout the course (both full and part time options). 

You will undertake six assessed modules as part of this course, five of these are core modules (compulsory) and one is optional. 

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Dates the modules are running and further information.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Employ system safety thinking throughout the lifecycle of a system or service using a broad, systematic imaginative anticipation of safety risks, causes and consequences.
  • Contribute to the development and assessment of safe systems and services by ensuring that proper consideration is given to core safety issues as part of the systems engineering process.
  • Assess and assure the safety of systems and services by employing core assurance and analysis techniques respecting techniques’ strengths and limitations.
  • Effectively communicate with technical and non-technical stakeholders about system safety problems and their solutions in a clear and organised manner.
  • Operate as a safety-critical systems safety professional, by developing awareness of key legal and ethical issues relating to system safety, appreciating how safety critical systems can affect society, and by continuing to expand and deepen knowledge through critical engagement with the discipline. 

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£10,150£10,150
Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
£5,075
year 1 fee
£5,075
year 1 fee

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

Text books and resources will be available to you through the University of York library and all course materials are provided. Lunch is provided Monday to Thursday of teaching weeks and refreshments throughout the teaching week as well. You will need to arrange and pay for your own accommodation and travel to York for the teaching weeks and costs associated with this will vary depending on your location and the standard of accommodation you book.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Careers and skills

The vast majority of people who undertake this course are already working in industrial fields such as aeronautical engineering, marine engineering, naval and military fields, automotive applications, gas and electric services engineers. Undertaking this course will equip you to progress within these fields.

Career opportunities

  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Safety manager
  • Naval engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Gas or electrical services engineer

Transferable skills

  • Information-retrieval
  • Numeracy
  • Time management

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

The course is taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and case study exercises undertaken in small groups of around six.

Teaching location

The Department of Computer Science is based on Campus East. Teaching takes place in the specialist CPD suite in the Ron Cooke Hub, also on Campus East. This includes a large seminar room and break out rooms, seating area and refreshment facilities.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Each module has an open assessment associated. This means that you undertake the assessment in your own time away from the University. This open assessment, and any associated work packages, is designed to consolidate and further deepen your knowledge, skills and approaches to the subject matter covered in the module. Of course, it is also designed to assess your progress.

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

Typically you will have achieved a first degree in a numerate, technical discipline. This course is specifically directed at those with several years of industrial experience. If you do not have a first degree but instead have relevant industrial experience, your application will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Other qualifications

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. For further details of the requirements please see our Postgraduate courses information.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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