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About the National Structural Integrity Research Centre

Welcome to the National Structural Integrity Research Centre, a premier postgraduate engineering organisation founded in Cambridge, UK, by The Welding Institute (TWI), Lloyd's Register Foundation and bp.

Our industrial PhD, Masters and professional development courses, are designed to train the next generation of engineers and researchers to support science and innovation around the world.

Managed by TWI Ltd, an industrial research specialist, NSIRC combines engineering-related research with academia and industry to develop a critical mass of research that meets the needs of industry.

In 2022, we launched our International programme, allowing us to bring our proven model for industry-focused academia to new NSIRC locations. Thanks to our new partnerships, we are now beginning to offer PhD Studentships in Greece, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

We have received grants from key organisations, including Lloyd's Register Foundation, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HEFCE, and SIRF. Our collaborating partners include lead academic partner Brunel University London and more than 45 other affiliated universities in the UK, Europe, and Asia.

Read our Guide to NSIRC

Our Guide to NSIRC presents a timeline of NSIRC to date and displays how students from our Masters and Cambridge Doctorate programmes have achieved an Impact across industry and academia through their research at NSIRC and subsequent careers.

Our Vision and Mission

In 2012, our vision was to become the world-renowned centre of academic excellence in the field of structural integrity. Today, we aim to accelerate the translation of science into industrially relevant products and services, contribute to the development of effective standards and regulations, and become the research provider of choice for industry in the area of structural integrity and many other related topics.

We work alongside our founder sponsors, bp and the Lloyd's Register Foundation, to support research, innovation, and education that makes the world a safer place.

Postgraduate Programmes Based on the Needs of Industry

Our postgraduate programmes are designed to address the needs of industry for fundamental research. Through our collaborations with TWI Industrial Members, including some of the world's leading research and technology organisations, our students have access to research proposals directly from industry.

The NSIRC Industrial PhD programme began in 2012 at TWI headquarters near Cambridge. Since then it has offered over 100 studentships, based in Cambridge as well as at other TWI sites in the UK including Sheffield, Middleborough and Cardiff. Our Cambridge PhD Studentship programme continues to offer students the opportunity to study in one of the world's most academic cities, whilst also benefiting from remote working practicalities, and the unique industry experience and exposure that makes NSIRC one of the best opportunities for PhD research within an industrial setting.

Our Masters modules and Doctoral Theses focus on fields of structural integrity, including risk-based inspection, engineering critical assessment, non-destructive testing, structural health, condition monitoring and ensuring structures, and health management for use in industrial applications.

Are you interested in pursuing an advanced degree in engineering? Explore our PhD opportunities and programme details, CPD courses, and Masters programmes in structural integrity, oil and gas engineering and lightweight structures and impact engineering.

Our Graduates and Alumni

NSIRC graduates are highly skilled engineers and scientists who become leaders in industry and international business. Explore our website to learn more about our research and news stories, attend our research and innovation conference, and discover our latest postgraduate study news.

At NSIRC, we are committed to advancing fundamental research and making the world a safer place. Choose a degree with global need, and join us in our mission to create a better future for all.