Why study Systems Engineering?
This programme is designed for people who have just completed a bachelor’s degree programme and do not have a job. You will have a temporary paid part-time job in a company, in parallel to your studies.
Systems engineering is a recognized method of developing systems in the car and oil industries, and in computing, networking, communications and research and development. With a master’s degree in Systems Engineering, you will be qualified to participate in and lead the development of large complex products and systems that require the involvement of many disciplines.
Where will I work?
You will be attractive to potential employers because of your extensive work experience combined with an interdisciplinary master’s degree. The students on this programme will be well-prepared for positions as project leaders.
Working in a company
The students on this programme work 50% as engineers in relevant companies on the same terms as permanent employees.
We have an ever-expanding portfolio of national and international high-tech companies which employ our students.
What you will learn
Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary master’s degree programme which focuses on how to design and manage complex engineering systems throughout the life cycle of products. Systems engineering is the ultimate tool for the rapid translation of knowledge into competitive products and services.
The master’s programme consists of systems engineering subjects and elective subjects. The area you choose to specialize in will depend on your professional background, your current job, what your employer needs and what jobs you might like to do in the future.
You can choose to specialize in the following areas: Systems Engineering, Subsea Engineering, Embedded Systems, Business and Management, Industrial Domain and Product Development. Other specializations at other colleges or universities are also possible for our students.
Gain international experience
You can take parts of the Master in Systems Engineering abroad.
If you study or have a work placement abroad, this will enhance your international competence and adaptability, which may also make you more attractive to potential employers.
As part of the master’s programme, students can take the fourth semester abroad. We have agreements with Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) in New Jersey and ICAI in Madrid.
With an MSc in Systems Engineering you can apply to study one of our PhD programmes within:
Admission is granted by the 'programstyret' for each individual PhD program based on an individual evaluation. For more information regarding admission please see the University PhD Handbook: https://www.usn.no/forskning/doktorgradsutdanning/ph-d-handbok/del-a/
We can offer research training with supervisors from Systems Engineering, and in collaboration with leading Systems Engineering institutions such as Stevens Institute of Tecnology and the University of Twente. Our current research includes Systems Engineering, Systems Architecture, Engineering Communication, Logistics, Security and Reliability, Design Thinking and Human Centric Design. We use the industry as a laboratory as a research method, and collaborate with a number of industries including transport, maritime, defense, subsea, energy, MedTech and materials.
We also encourage professionals with special interest in Systems Engineering to start a business PhD. This is a PhD degree where the candidate is employed in a company and where research has a clear relevance to the company.
Norwegian Institute for Systems Engineering (NISE)
NISE was established through the joint efforts of the Norwegian Centre of Expertise in Systems Engineering (NCE SE) and USN. NISE now forms part of the Department of Science and Industrial Systems at Campus Kongsberg. The main task of NISE is to enhance technical collaboration between research institutions and the technology companies in NCE SE.
By collaborating with leading research and development environments and Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT), NISE offers top-level expertise in systems engineering. SIT has been the model for the establishment of NISE since 2006. Some SIT professors have part-time teaching and research duties at NISE.
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All instruction is in the form of intensive teaching sessions. The systems engineering subjects have one week of intensive instruction followed by ten weeks for working on a project assignment. Some of the elective subjects will have 3 x 3 days of instruction. In addition to attending the intensive sessions, you must set aside time for work on project assignments.
Your master’s thesis will be linked to development projects in the company where you are employed or have your placement. Six months of the programme will be available for you to work on your master project. You will have supervisors from both industry and USN.
Admission, start and summer job
Please remember to fill in and include this attachment with your application for admission to the programme. In order to be admitted to the full-time programme, you must apply via the application system “søknadsweb” (use the search button during the application period).
The programme will commence in early September. If you are offered a place on the Industry Master’s Programme, you may also be able to take a summer job, which will normally start in June.