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Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc

Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Structural Engineering

Course type


Course Summary


The aim of this MSc course is to develop you into a highly sought after industry-ready engineer with in-depth knowledge in the theory and practice of the science and technology of structural integrity, including state-of-the-art methodologies and techniques in inspection.

Brunel’s Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and NAFEMS Composite Finite Element Analysis training.

Comprising of eight modules and an industry-supported dissertation, the course has been designed for full or part-time students, as well as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) delegates. In parallel with your degree, you can work towards the internationally recognised Certification Scheme for Welding Inspection Personnel (CSWIP) Plant Inspector Level 2 qualification.

Course content

Being taught in an industrial focused research and development environment makes this programme unique in the UK, as you will study on a site where major projects are undertaken for large global companies.

We will teach you about materials evaluation, structural assessment using finite element analysis, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), inspection and failure investigation, which includes risk management and mitigation strategies.

Your dissertation project is highly valued, as you will be mentored by both an industrial and academic supervisor on the latest engineering challenges. This experience in undertaking your dissertation within industry is highly valued by employers and greatly enhances your employability.

You’ll be invited to attend and also present your MSc project in a dedicated poster session, by contributing to the two day NSIRC Annual PhD Conference to leading industry experts. Once you’ve graduated, your dissertation will be made publically available through TWI, or published in journals and conferences where possible, emphasising the industrial relevance of this degree.

Careers and your future

The course has an Industrial Advisory Committee with senior members from major UK companies, who meet annually to review and advise on the course content and delivery to ensure our graduates have the knowledge and skills demanded by industry.

The Advisory Committee includes; Amec Foster Wheeler Plc, Subsea 7, BAE Systems- Maritime Services, Lloyds Register, EDF Energy.

The programme produces engineers who can quickly make a contribution to achieving and assuring structural integrity in industry. Key skills and knowledge include materials testing, structural analysis using finite element analysis, inspection and fitness-for-service assessment that conforms to international codes and standards – valuable skills that distinguish you for recruitment by a diverse range of companies and organisations globally.

Our industry ready graduates are in high demand and have either gone back to their company sponsors, or found direct employment nationally and internationally, such as: TWI Ltd, Mott MacDonald, PTT Global Chemical, Network Rail.

In addition, we actively encourage our graduates to continue onto a doctoral training programme (PhD) within NSIRC.

Different course options

Full time | Brunel University London | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module explains the importance of codes and standards within structural integrity, touching on design codes, standards associated with welding and weld quality, and standards for carrying out structural integrity assessments. These latter standards (principally BS 7910 and API 579) are expanded upon and the principles of fitness-for-service assessment are described, and practical examples of performing assessments using commercial software tools are included in the module.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology subject. A non–related subject with good grades in core modules in Stress Analysis or Strength in Materials, Electronics, Material Processing and Manufacturing or Production Technology may be considered. Entry to this programme requires all students who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and have temporary immigration permission to remain in the UK to obtain an ATAS certificate. If you are made an offer to join this course and you are not an EEA national, you will be required to obtain an ATAS certificate as a condition of your offer.