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Welcome to NSIRC and Cambridge!

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.

Read our Impact Review

NSIRC combines academia with industry. We work 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 (an independent global charity created by the Lloyd's Register Group that supports research, innovation, and education to make the world a safer place).

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

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

Through NSIRC postgraduate programmes, students are able to pursue their academic ambition alongside top UK and International Universities, as well as gaining the work experience, business and management skills to transition into a senior level career after graduation.

Discover our postgraduate programmes with TWI

PhD Programme

Full time doctoral programme, with academic and industrial supervision, support and guidance.

MSc in Structural Integrity (Asset reliability management)

MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering

Full time masters programmes in Cambridge at TWI with Brunel University London

MSc in Engineering Leadership and Management

Part time masters with no tuition fees in Cambridge at TWI with Aston University, suitable for managers.

Executive MBA Apprenticeship

Work based, part time MBA with De Montfort University, this executive MBA is supported by the apprenticeship levy and is suitable for senior , directorial and executive professionals.


NSIRC PhD students onsite at TWI. Photo: TWI Ltd

NSIRC Impact Review 2020

New for 2020, our Impact Review presents a timeline of NSIRC to date and displays how students from our Masters and Doctoral programmes have achieved an Impact across industry and academia through their research at NSIRC and subsequent careers.

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Our 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 where our students are advancing fundamental engineering research:

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



Who is NSIRC funded by?

NSIRC is funded grants from three main organisations:

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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


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.


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


NSIRC PhD Student Rosa Griñon Echaniz