A Model-based Approach to Systems Engineering

Learn about ‘Model-Based Systems Engineering’ (MBSE), an approach to systems engineering which uses models to deal with complexity and improve communication with stakeholders.

You will be introduced to all major aspects of MBSE and will also receive advice on how to implement the approach in your organisation.

On this course you will learn to:

  • understand MBSE and its place amongst the approaches to systems engineering
  • improve your systems engineering using MBSE
  • communicate more effectively and minimise complexity through modelling
  • demonstrate the benefits of MBSE to stakeholders
  • implement MBSE in your organisation
  • develop confidence in MBSE, which will instil confidence in your teams and your clients

All course delegates receive a copy of the book ‘SysML for Systems Engineering: A Model-Based Approach’ by the course tutors, Professor Jon Holt and Simon Perry.

Alignment with UK-SPEC competence:

A1, B: Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems

Course availability

Location Dates Duration Course code
Bristol 24-26 April 2018 3 days MBSEDBR

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Book by 24 February for the Early Bird rate

London 02-04 October 2018 3 days MBSEJLO

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Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £2,200

Standard £2,300

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Non-Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £2,350

Standard £2,450

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Who should attend?

Systems engineers and managers, software engineers and managers, quality personnel and anyone involved with business or enterprise modelling.

The course requires no prior knowledge of specific notations, modelling languages or tools.

Course programme

Day 1:


Key to the MBSE approach is that the model is the single point of truth for the system.

All artefacts (specifications, test plans, requirements documents) are generated from the model. This breaks away from the traditional (and often error-prone) approach of circulating changes to the system in isolated documents.

We consider the need for modelling and the requirements for modelling. We then show you how to build a model consisting of a number of views, which will address particular stakeholders’ needs.

MBSE concepts

Teams involved in systems engineering need to communicate effectively, using a common spoken language and domain-specific language (specific to a discipline, sector or organisation).

We introduce the Systems Modelling Language (SysML) as a common spoken language and the use of an ontology to capture domain-specific language.

The ontology defines concepts in systems engineering, the different terms that teams might use to describe them and the relationships between the concepts.

Day 2:


How do we model a system effectively and in a consistent way? We propose using frameworks (often called architectural frameworks), driven by your organisation’s ontology.

We discuss not just the importance of the framework, but also how to identify, define and implement frameworks which are bespoke to your organisation.

Team exercise

Day 3:

Team exercise

Implementing MBSE

We cover how to make a business case for MBSE, selling it to different stakeholders within your organisation.

With the business case made, we discuss the people, process and tools you will need to successfully implement MBSE.

Course tutors

All courses are delivered by Professor Jon Holt and Simon Perry. Both are internationally-recognised authors, tutors and public speakers on Model-Based Systems Engineering.

Between them, they have authored eleven books covering many aspects of systems modelling, including process modelling, competence, architectures and, of course, Model-Based Systems Engineering.


“Very interesting three days. Lots to take on board, but put across in a very good way that helped me understand the subject.”
RN, Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA)

“I enjoyed the course. I was engaged throughout and felt that the mix of practical and presentation was about right.”
WF, Thales

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