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Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc

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Subject area

Mechanical Engineering

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time



UK £13,750

International £25,000

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Brunel University London provides this world-leading MSc degree with scholarships available to support the development of the next generation of structural integrity engineers. It is now also available as a Master's by Research degree (MScR) with increased flexibility, read full details here.

You will be taught by industry and internationally recognised academic experts who will support and mentor your dissertation project.  Every aspect of the course is undertaken at Granta Park, the Cambridgeshire home of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and The Welding Institute (TWI).

NSIRC is a unique state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established in conjunction with Brunel University London and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI.  NSIRC sponsors include BP, Lloyd's Register and TWI, who commit significant funds annually to support research and development at the forefront of this field. 

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.

Brunel’s Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc degree is accredited by

  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • NAFEMS Composite Finite Element Analysis training

Comprising of eight modules and an industry-supported dissertation, the course has been designed for full-time students, as well as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) delegates. In parallel with your degree, you can work towards the internationally recognised Certification Scheme for Welding Inspection Personnel (CSWIP) Plant Inspector Level 2 qualification. 

 The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences & TWI are offering the NSIRC scholarship for Home, EU and Overseas fee paying students starting the full-time MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering in September 2022.

Watch our Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc course video here

Click here to download the course brochure 

Click here to read about the new Master's by Research study mode.

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Course content

Being taught in an industrial focused research and development environment makes this programme unique in the UK, as you will study on a site where major projects are undertaken for large global companies. 

We will teach you about materials evaluation, structural assessment using finite element analysis, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), inspection and failure investigation, which includes risk management and mitigation strategies. 

Your dissertation project is highly valued, as you will be mentored by both an industrial and academic supervisor on the latest engineering challenges. This experience in undertaking your dissertation within industry is highly valued by employers and greatly enhances your employability. 

You’ll be invited to attend and also present your MSc project in a dedicated poster session, by contributing to the two day NSIRC Annual PhD Conference to leading industry experts. Once you’ve graduated, your dissertation will be made publicly available through TWI, or published in journals and conferences where possible, emphasising the industrial relevance of this degree.

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This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

The course has an Industrial Advisory Committee with senior members from major UK companies, who meet annually to review and advise on the course content and delivery to ensure our graduates have the knowledge and skills demanded by industry. 

The committee includes:

  • Amec Foster Wheeler plc
  • Subsea 7
  • BAE Systems - Maritime Services
  • Lloyd's Register
  • EDF Energy

The programme produces engineers who can quickly make a contribution to achieving and assuring structural integrity in industry. Key skills and knowledge include materials testing, structural analysis using finite element analysis, inspection and fitness-for-service assessment that conforms to international codes and standards – valuable skills that distinguish you for recruitment by a diverse range of companies and organisations globally. 

Our industry ready graduates are in high demand and have either gone back to their company sponsors, or found direct employment nationally and internationally, such as: TWI Ltd, Mott MacDonald, PTT Global Chemical, Network Rail.

In addition, we actively encourage our graduates to continue onto a doctoral training programme (PhD) within NSIRC.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Mechanical, Civil, Structural, Physics, Material Sciences or Industrial Engineering.*
  • *Applicants with alternative qualifications and / or relevant work experience are recommended to apply.

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.

Applicants who will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate: This course is now closed to new applications for September 2021 from visa requiring applicants who will need an ATAS certificate to study the course. This is because there will not be enough time to obtain the ATAS certificate and apply for a student visa before the start of the course. If you would like to apply for this course, you should apply for the next entry point after September 2021.

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EU and International entry requirements

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.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

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

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 through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry


£13,750 full-time

£6,875 part-time


£25,000 full-time

£12,500 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

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How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment is through individual and group-based case studies, oral and poster presentations, examinations and your dissertation project. Video lecture capture is also used to support learning where appropriate. You'll receive individual feedback to guide your development throughout your degree studies.