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Structural Integrity MSc (Asset Reliability Management)

Pursue a Career in Structural Integrity and Reliability Engineering with NSIRC and Brunel University London

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Are you interested in pursuing a career in structural integrity and reliability engineering? Look no further than this full-time MSc programme offered by the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and Brunel University London.

Our world-class MSc degree is designed to support the development of the next generation of structural integrity and reliability engineers. Delivered at TWI Ltd near Cambridge, the home of NSIRC, this mechanical engineering course aims to develop MSc students into highly sought-after engineers.

Graduates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice, innovation and technology involved in structural integrity.


Course Content

Fees and Funding

Entry Requirements


The programme is designed to give participants an in-depth knowledge of the theory and science and technology practice involved with structural integrity. Through a combination of eight modules and an industry-supported dissertation, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice, innovation, and technology involved in structural integrity.

An important aspect of engineering knowledge is the ability to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios. This is particularly true when it comes to stress analysis, which involves the evaluation of mechanical systems and structures under different loading conditions. By utilising stress analysis techniques, engineers can identify potential weak points in a design and develop effective solutions to prevent failure. This is especially critical in applications where fatigue failure is a concern, such as in the aerospace and automotive industries. In addition to stress analysis, condition monitoring is another key area where engineering knowledge is essential.

Condition monitoring involves the use of sensors and other monitoring equipment to assess the health of a mechanical system over the long term. By identifying early signs of wear and tear, engineers can take proactive measures to prevent failures and extend the lifespan of a system. This is particularly important in applications where downtime can be costly or dangerous, such as in power generation or transportation.

Overall, the ability to apply engineering knowledge to real-world scenarios is crucial for ensuring the safety and reliability of mechanical systems. By utilising stress analysis and condition monitoring techniques, engineers can identify potential issues early on and develop effective solutions to prevent failures. This not only helps to prevent costly downtime and repairs, but also ensures the safety of those who rely on these systems every day.

A Networking Environment and Collaborative Ethos

Being based in industry gives mechanical engineers an excellent opportunity to flourish. With MSc students working together on applied research for real engineering projects, the learning experience is greatly enhanced.

Summary of Course Content

The Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) programme is a comprehensive engineering course that covers a wide range of topics, from materials science to risk management. It aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become industry-ready structural integrity engineers, capable of problem solving and making operational safety decisions. The course covers various aspects of engineering problems, including failure modes, design engineering, manufacturing processes, and asset management. It also provides training in non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection methodology, reliability engineering, and structural health monitoring. 

Students will learn about risk management and analysis, including how to identify and mitigate potential failure modes. They will also gain experience in finite element analysis, which is a crucial tool for assessing the structural integrity of components and structures. This course will give students a comprehensive understanding of the main mathematical and numerical aspects necessary for assessing and quantifying the reliability of individual components and structures.

Accredited by The Welding Institute, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3), and other accrediting bodies, this course provides assurance that it meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It is a mark of assurance that the degree provides the necessary underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). An accredited degree is also likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Overall, the Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) programme is an excellent choice for students who are interested in pursuing a career in asset management, materials science, or engineering problem-solving.

Fees and funding - 2024/25 entry

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. To learn more about our tuition fees See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

 UK  International
 £13,750 full-time  £25,000 full-time
 £6,875 part-time  £12,500 part-time

Generous Scholarships Available for MSc Students

Scholarships are available for UK, EU, and Overseas fee-paying students.

Join us and advance your skills and knowledge, creating a highly-skilled engineer, trained within Industry.

For more information about the entry requirements, english language requirements, details of tuition fees, and to enroll, please visit the course pages on the Brunel University London website.

Entry Requirements

For admission to this program, applicants must possess a 2:2 or higher UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognized qualification, in fields such as Mechanical, Civil, Structural, Physics, Material Sciences, or Industrial Engineering. However, individuals with other qualifications or relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply.
If you are not a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) and have temporary immigration permission to remain in the UK, you will need to obtain an ATAS certificate to be eligible for admission. Please note that if you are offered a place on this course and you require an ATAS certificate, obtaining it will be a condition of your offer.