This module is only offered as part of the Systems Thinking Practice MSc.

To conduct a self-directed piece of research applying the principles, practices and techniques developed on the course to a real world problem of interest and relevance to you.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham

Course structure

Partly individual written assignment and partly group work. A 3500 words individual written assignment that will be a reflective piece on applying the systems engineering approach and system lifecycle in a practical example and on critically evaluating the impacts of decisions. The group multi part assessment consist of 1) a Group Portfolio worth 20% of the overall assessment that must record of the group activities throughout the week and capture the work, assumptions and any learning points and 2) a Group Presentation worth 10% that will provide a reflection on the activities undertaken in the module.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Demonstrate an ability to acquire, organise, discuss and assess knowledge associated with complex organisational or social issues

  • Plan, organise and undertake a piece of research with appropriate supervision.
  • Apply appropriate methods, tools, techniques and knowledge to a complex problem.
  • Demonstrate an ability to gather and critically appraise data, and utilise it within the appropriate academic and practical context.
  • Prepare a written submission to effectively communicate findings
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    Core content

    The course will cover the following topics:

    • The thesis forms a vital element of the programme of study and offers the student an opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained from the course to an agreed topic.
    • Students will be allocated an academic supervisor who will guide them in the suitability of topic chosen and conduct of the research

    Location and travel

    Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

    Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

    Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

    All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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    How to apply

    To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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