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Postgraduate and Professional Learning - Degrees and Training Tailored to Industry

Masters Degrees, CPD and Senior Leader Apprenticeships

Study within industry at TWI in Cambridge

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

Students within the 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.

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.

Courses offered by NSIRC - Industry focused programmes

Senior Leader (Executive) Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship with allocated Funding Band 12 (£14,000) by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), providing learning that supports strategic leadership, high level decision making and consideration of the future of works. Ideal for General Managers, Senior Managers, Section Leaders, Executives, Directors, COO, CFO, CEO, CIO. Awarded by De Montfort University.

Oil and Gas Engineering MSc

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. Awarded by Brunel University.

Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) Msc

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. Awarded by Brunel University.

Lightweight Structures and Impact Engineering Msc

In reducing structural weight, it is essential not to compromise safety, as structural integrity and impact response under extreme loading become key design drivers. Awarded by Brunel University.

Engineering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses

An ideal academic tool for engineers working within industry, our CPD course offer a selection of modules that are alined with those from our industry focused MSc degrees. Awarded by Brunel University.



Benefits of our Degrees with Brunel University

  •  Industry-led academic research
  • Based 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

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.

Industrial Techniques Included in our Postgraduate 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

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.

Who are these degree programmes aimed towards?

  • Maths, science, physics, chemistry or computing graduates .
  • 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

What can you 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.

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.