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What is NSIRC...?

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility based in Cambridge, UK, established by structural integrity specialist TWI.

The centre combines academia with industry, working closely alongside lead academic partner Brunel University London and more than 35 other affiliated universities, as well as founder sponsors BP and the Lloyd's Register Foundation.

Through the collaborating partners, NSIRC creates PhD scholarships and MSc courses that address the need from industry for fundamental research.

In doing so, these PhD studentships, Scholarships and MSc degrees, are creating the next generation of highly skilled engineers and scientists, who will become the future leaders of industry.


These are NSIRC's objectives for advancing fundamental research:

  • Safe operation of products and structures
  • Development of innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules
  •  Engineering solutions for long-term asset management. 

Here are some example areas that NSIRC PhD students (and MSc) are pursuing advancements into:

  • Risk-based inspection
  • Engineering critical assessment
  • Non destructive testing
  • Structural health and condition monitoring
  • Health management for use in industrial applications


Who is NSIRC funded by...?

NSIRC is funded grants from three main organisations:

  • UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) through its Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to a level of £18.5m
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to a level of £15m
  • SIRF (Structural Integrity Research Foundation), an organisation that was set-up by TWI to provide a platform and set the direction of industrially driven research in its field. To date, platform initiatives include NSIRC and the TWI Innovation Network (TWIIN).

What is the Vision and Mission of NSIRC...?


To be a world-renowned centre of industrially driven academic excellence in the field of structural integrity.


  1. To develop a critical mass of research informed by the needs of industry, across the field of structural integrity
  2. Develop novel postgraduate programmes to train the next generation of researchers and engineers to support UK science and innovation
  3. Accelerate the translation of science into industrially relevant products and services
  4. Contribute to the development of effective standards and regulations
  5. Become the research provider of choice for industry in the area of structural integrity