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The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a dedicated research facility embedded within TWI’s headquarters just outside Cambridge. TWI is a research and technology organisation, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes as applied in industry.

Why study at NSIRC

Studying at NSIRC brings a range of advantages to you, including:

  • Access to joint testing facilities across Brunel and TWI, which includes mechanical and fatigue testing under different environmental conditions and NDT capability, together with access to 4D tomography and microscopy facilities
  • Networking – NSIRC is embedded within research and technology organisation TWI, which employs hundreds of engineers and scientists. Working alongside them, and with TWI’s clients, will provide exceptional networking opportunities and direct access to experiences and opportunities in the industry.
  • If you’re studying on the Structural Integrity course you’ll gain access to industry-standard commercial software including SIMULIA Abaqus, MATLAB and TWI-developed packages including CrackWISE (fracture and fatigue assessment) and IntegriWISE (fitness-for-service assessment for ageing equipment).
  • If you’re studying on the Oil and Gas course there’ll be additions to the staffing on the course, giving you a richer student experience and access to a greater breadth of knowledge, and there will be amble opportunities to get hands-on with the millions of pounds worth of advance lab equipment NSIRC uses to provide services to companies in the oil and gas sector.

Structural Integrity MSc

The course at Brunel stands out from others in the market because NSIRC is the UK’s first industrially led postgraduate education centre, which is a joint initiative between TWI and Brunel University London as the lead academic partner.

There are no other courses that provide a dedicated, specialist training programme that combines academic excellence through Brunel University London, with extensive up to date industrial experience of TWI’s experts across the many and varied disciplines that are essential to structural integrity as applied in oil and gas, power generation, and transportation sectors (automotive and aerospace).

This is a direct result of the teaching team placing special emphasis on providing a solid theoretical and applied background, enabling graduates to directly transfer these skills to solve problems faced by industry.

NAFEMS Approved module logo

The module Numerical Modelling of Solids and Structures, has been approved by NAFEMS, the International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community.  This module focuses onthe theoretical and practical principles underlying Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Boundary Element Method (BEM) to enable students to understand advanced specialist topics in numerical analysis of stress and structures. Students will learn the numerical tools for stress and strain simulations, particularly for stress concentration and cracks in solids, as well as simulations for non-destructive testing.

We are pleased to announce new scholarships for Structural Integrity MSc. These scholarships offer 16 Home /EU and International Scholarships worth £12,500 each covering the partial costs of the tuition fees. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Read up on the Structural Integrity MS course content or you can download our course brochure.

Oil and Gas Engineering MSc

There is still a shortage of qualified engineering specialists in the oil and gas sector, with skilled professionals enjoying competitive salaries.

This programme trains specialist engineers in oilfield structural design, fabrication and installation. It is aimed both at engineering and physical science graduates who are interested in working in the oil and gas industry and practising professionals who wish to specialise in the design, analysis and construction of oil and gas installations.

Read up on the Oil and Gas MSc course content

Available scholarships

Structural Integrity MSc 

Download our course brochure and accomodation leaflet for further information. 

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