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Masters degree courses in Cambridge

Artificial Intelligence MSc

University of Essex partner course, based at NSIRC with TWI in Cambridge

At NSIRC, we work with universities and business to create postgraduate courses that are more applicable to the current and future needs of Industry. Students of this Artificial Intelligence will focus their learning on real-world techniques and applications. These will include artificial intelligence in business and financial applications, video and computer games, medicine, biological sciences and industrial control.

Engineering Leadership and Management MSc

Aston University partner course, based at NSIRC with TWI in Cambridge

A part-time degree course built to train future business leaders of the engineering sector. Develop your management and leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours with NSIRC, TWI and Aston University.

Executive MBA Apprenticeship

De Montfort University partner course.

Work-based Executive MBA programme considering engineering. For more information, email, or follow us on social media via the links in the page footer.

Oil and Gas Engineering MSc

Brunel University London partner course, based at NSIRC with TWI in Cambridge

For those wanting a career as an oil and gas engineering specialist. This course give graduates the skills to rapidly design oilfield installations that will meet future energy demands.

Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) Msc

Brunel University London partner course, based at NSIRC with TWI in Cambridge

Through this course, students gain in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice involved in structural integrity and structural engineering. These skills can be applied in oil and gas sector, energy / power generation, nuclear reactor, petrochemical and transport industries.

Lightweight Structures and Impact Engineering Msc

New for 2021 - Brunel University London partner course, based at NSIRC with TWI in Cambridge

Coming soon! For more information please email the NSIRC Enquiries team


In this video, NSIRC and Coventry University PhD student Pedro Santos talks about some of the universal benefits that apply to being a student at NSIRC.

NSIRC has created masters courses that combine high-quality research and teaching, with industrial experience and student support. All courses take place in Cambridge, where NSIRC has built engineering halls and laboratories dedicated to structural integrity research and engineering.

Students within these masters degrees should expect to be an active contributor in seminars, tutorials and virtual learning environments. Each student is given both an academic supervisor from their university, and a TWI industrial supervisor. Supervisors provide support, mentoring and guidance concerning any problems which may arise during the research process.

The objective of these courses is to develop highly-skilled engineers with an in-depth knowledge of the technology related to structural engineering. Graduates should also expect to have the project management skills to work within a business environment.


Industrial techniques included in our courses:

  • Numerical modelling
  • Asset management
  • Advanced methods of phased array ultrasonic inspection
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Risk-based inspection
  • Quality assurance
  • Reliability engineering and reliability centered maintenance
  • Risk management processes and project risk

Here is what makes our masters courses unique:

  •  Industry-led academic research
  • Degrees in Cambridge, United Kingdom - the region has become globally renowned for science, technology and education innovation
  • Fundamental research across technology readiness levels 1-6, defined by the needs and strategic direction of our industry partners
  • Graduates with academic, professional and vocational qualifications
  • Technical scope to integrate with a range of engineering disciplines
  • Innovation, driven by potential exploitation and application of the knowledge to solve medium and long-term industry challenges

Who are these degree programmes aimed towards?

  • Maths, science, physics, chemistry or computing graduates who wish to continue their studies
  • Engineers including (but not limited to) professionals working within oil and gas, power generation, petrochemical, construction, nuclear power plant and nuclear energy, transportation sectors and engineering management
  • Those wishing to retrain for new career opportunities

NSIRC students can register with The Welding Institute

NSIRC is willing to provide its students with Membership of The Welding Institute, which demonstrates a commitment to engineering excellence.

The Welding Institute was founded in 1923 and is the leading international membership body for welding and joining professionals.

Members gain industrial recognition from their peers alongside the professional prestige that makes them eligible for registration with the Engineering Council. 

For more information, please contact us.


Study for a Masters Degree within Industry at TWI in Cambridge

As 2020 comes to a close, the United Kingdom (UK) has become one of the first countries in the world to approve a vaccination and start treating vulnerable members of the population. According to UK government, such vaccinations will also be offered to international students in due course.

Providing there are no unforeseen complications, the UK population will be significantly vaccinated by summer 2021, giving international students the confidence to apply today for courses starting in September 2021.

You can find the latest information about Studying in the UK and Coronavirus (COVID-19) via website. You can also connect with a member for the NSIRC team if you need advice or assistance with your application, or to help answer any questions. Contact us.

Upon successfully completing an undergraduate degree you can then apply for a postgraduate masters course in the UK with NSIRC. In the UK, most masters programmes last for only one year, that is compared to the two-year programmes found more commonly around the world.

For International Students arriving in the UK, the advantage of this is that a UK course can save time and money. UK university education is world-renowned and very highly regarded, with many globally renowned universities being in the UK. They are noted for their high standards of teaching, research and industrial impact. Another advantage of a UK Masters degree lasting one year is that you can be employed within a specialist Industry even sooner. NSIRC is partnered with many leading universities including the University of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Singapore and many more leading universities in the world.

Employers hold UK postgraduate degrees with much esteem. From the perspective of an international student, studying in the UK at TWI holds tremendous opportunities including to improve English skills and be part of a dynamic, multicultural, exciting and innovative community of academics, students and industry engineers and experts at TWI.

What can I expect from studying in the UK?

  • Graduates from UK based programmers earn more thanks to the reputation that comes holding a UK Masters.
  • The ability to shape your studies around your experience, interests and life. Many courses are adaptable to your career aspirations or current employment.
  • Better chance of being employed within Industry after one year from graduating. According to a study by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 86 per cent of students who completed a Postgraduate Masters in the UK were in full-time employment following graduation, compared to just 75 per cent of undergraduate leavers. At NSIRC that rises to over 95 per cent of students achieve full-time employment after graduating.

In the UK, you can attain four main types of Masters programme, Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Engineering (MEng).

Students on a full-time programme with NSIRC are expected to attend weekly seminars, tutorials and lectures, exactly as they would on an undergraduate degree. Assessment can be via exam, dissertation or industry-led project.


PhD Programme

On a Research degree, students are required to take greater responsibility for their workload and schedule. At the heart of their study is a thesis, with supervision being provided by a university academic. At NSIRC, students get the unique advantage of having both academic supervision and industry supervision from an industry expert at TWI. In the UK, the most common form of Research Degree is PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), which usually takes between 3 to 4 years for completion.


A Thesis is typically between 60,000 – 100,000 words. Once submitted, it is then presented in an oral examination, known as a PhD Viva or Doctoral Defence.

How much does a UK Masters course cost? 

On average, the cost of a postgraduate and Masters degree in the UK for an international student is around £19,000.

Tuition fees can vary at a postgraduate level depending on the type of Masters you wish to study for and in which part of the UK you wish to live.

Compared to their USA equivalent, postgraduate institutions like NSIRC in the UK less expensive. According to Studyportals, they can be 30 to 60 per cent cheaper than their United States equivalents.


To learn more about studying for a Masters in the UK, contact one of our NSIRC members of staff in Cambridge for a free consultation. Email us.