24 months
11075 GBP/year
5412 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Through-life System Sustainment programme from Cranfield University provides an essential foundation for future leaders in organisations who wish to optimise the value in-use and cost in-use for long-life engineering assets such as planes, trains, ships, vehicles, power-plants, machine tools, buildings etc. 

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Key facts

Many of the premier UK industrial organisations are increasingly dependent upon Through-life Engineering Services (TES) to compete, gain market share, generate revenue and profit. 

The Through-life System Sustainment programme from Cranfield University provides through-life thinking to enable change leaders in organisations to embrace new and integrated approaches to develop superior through-life support capability to meet shareholder and stakeholder demands.

The individual will be engaged in a discipline related to through-life management, support, asset management, and/or maintenance. The course is relevant to TES dependent organisations, engineers, business administrators, logistics, finance and commercial practitioners. 

We aim to enhance your skills, and address the need for highly trained individuals involved in the support of complex equipment and systems. The skills gained in the course is expected to contribute to the achievement of competitive advantage for your organisation. The course is structured to allow maximum benefit from learning with minimum time away from the working environment.

Focused on educating leaders in the fields of through-life engineering services systems, design and planning, maintenance assessment and operations management, engineering and technology including condition-based maintenance and health management, standards and regulation, information technology, contracts and policy, life extension and obsolescence management, cost modelling and control.

Your career

Successful completion of this course takes you onto careers with higher levels of responsibility, a broader base of skills and capability and a greater level of professionalism.


The MSc in Through-Life System Sustainment is subject to ratification by Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) & Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting for the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer following an accreditation assessment

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Managing Assets and Value
  • System Effectiveness
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Optimising Whole Life Cost and Performance Management
  • Operational Availability and Risk
  • Through Life Business Models and Requirements Management
  • Information Management
  • Diagnostics and Prognostics


Developed by Cranfield University in conjunction with Rolls-Royce and Bombardier Transportation, this MSc has been designed for individuals at organisations where there is a growing emphasis on revenue being derived from providing the services that keep products operating effectively, rather than the design, manufacture and delivery of original equipment (hardware).

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Although there are no set application deadlines, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates are expected to have at least two years relevant experience in industry together with a first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant engineering or technology-based discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. 
  • Alternative qualifications together with additional industrial experience have also been considered.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    11075 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22150 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    5412 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10825 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Cranfield

700 - 1300 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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