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NSIRC Scholarship

Subject area: Mechanical Engineering
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1-year full-time: teaching delivered at Granta Park, Cambridge.

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TWI headquarters, Granta Park, Cambridge

Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc


In partnership with TWI, Brunel provides this world-leading MSc degree for the next generation of structural integrity engineers.

This unique, industry-focused MSc in Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) is delivered at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility based at Granta Park, near Cambridge.

The aim of this MSc course is to develop you into a highly sought after industry-ready engineer with in-depth knowledge in the theory and practice of the science and technology of structural integrity, including state-of-the-art methodologies and techniques in inspection.

Our Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc focuses on detecting and dealing with defects in structures and how to assess the implications of a particular defect. You will gain a sound understanding of stress analysis, how a structure carries loads, and you’ll learn different aspects relating to instrumentation and damage detection.

NSIRC is located within the headquarters of TWI and there are dedicated teaching and research laboratories in the TWI building where you will benefit from access to industry standard software. In addition, there is an on-site high performance computing laboratory to run detailed and complex numerical simulation to support your experimental work. As a Cambridge-based student, you’ll also have access to all the course-related facilities at Brunel.

Based within an industrial environment, there are excellent opportunities for networking, together with undertaking applied research on real engineering projects. Combined with the benefits of living in the Cambridge area, which includes historical, cultural and social attractions, NSIRC attracts international students and practising engineers, thus greatly enhancing your learning experience.

Brunel’s Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). It can be studied either full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences & TWI are offering  the NSRIC scholarship for Home, EU and Overseas fee paying students starting the full-time or part-time MSc in Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) or MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering degree in September 2019/20.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The course is delivered in short, intensive module blocks typically over two weeks, with 35 hours of contact time. You’ll take the taught modules in the first two terms and then you’ll work on your industry-supported dissertation which represents about four months of full-time effort. Your dissertation project will address an industry-relevant challenge or problem based on the current real interests at Brunel and TWI.

Compulsory modules

  • Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Analysis
  • Materials - Metallurgy and Materials
  • NDT Inspection Methodology
  • Codes and Standards in Structural Integrity
  • Stress Analysis and Plant Inspection
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Numerical Modelling of Solids and Structures
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Dissertation

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Careers and your future

Brunel's Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc prepares you for an exciting career and our industry-ready graduates are in high demand.

Our graduates have gone on to work for industrial companies, research and consultancy organisations, including TWI Ltd, Mott MacDonald, PTT Global Chemical, and Network Rail. They have taken up positions not only in the UK but across the world, in areas such as the oil and gas industry, engineering consultancies, asset management and research organisations.

We actively encourage graduates from this MSc degree to continue their studies through a PhD. You will have ample opportunities to discuss potential project areas with your academic and industrial supervisors.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology subject.
  • A non–related subject with good grades in core modules in Stress Analysis or Strength in Materials, Electronics, Material Processing and Manufacturing or Production Technology may be considered.

Entry to this programme requires all students who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and have temporary immigration permission to remain in the UK to obtain an ATAS certificate.  If you are made an offer to join this course and you are not an EEA national, you will be required to obtain an ATAS certificate as a condition of your offer.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Our structural integrity degree is delivered by multidisciplinary lecturers with a broad range of skills, and you’ll also learn and work alongside leading engineering academics and industrial experts at TWI.

Study will combine lectures, seminars, computing sessions, laboratory sessions, independent research, and individual and group project work.

You are provided with a Brunel laptop and can access licensed engineering software. This means as a ‘mobile learner’ you are expected to do some self-study outside of teaching contact time.

Assessment and feedback

Your work will be assessed through coursework, essays, technical reports, research assignments, oral presentations, individual and group projects, exams and your dissertation project.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,100 full-time

International students: £18,720 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs.

Read about other funding opportunities available to postgraduate students.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).