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Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc

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Start date


Subject area

Mechanical Engineering

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time



UK / EU £9,370

International £19,280

Entry requirements


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Brunel University London 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 a unique academia-industry collaboration located within the headquarters of TWI. Here you'll find dedicated teaching and research laboratories including 15 million pounds worth of state-of-the-art equipment. You will benefit from access to a range of leading and industry relevant software packages, as well as an on-site high performance computing facility to run high-fidelity 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 and will enjoy regular organised visits to the Brunel University London campus.

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 NSIRC scholarship for Home, EU and Overseas fee paying students starting the full-time or part-time MSc in Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) in September 2019.

New for 2019/20, work towards an internationally recognised CSWIP Plant Inspection qualification in parallel with your degree.

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Course content

The course is delivered in intensive module blocks typically over two weeks, with 35 hours of contact time. Full-time students take the eight taught modules in the first two terms and then you’ll work on your industry-supported dissertation. This represents four months of full-time effort. Your dissertation project will address an industry-relevant problem relevant to the structural integrity sector.

Part-time students complete the degree over two years by taking four modules in Year one and completing the remaining four modules and dissertation in Year two.

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

Year 1

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Careers and your future

Brunel's Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc prepares you to work across multiple disciplines, equipping you with applied knowledge of material and structural failure, finite element analysis, non-destructive testing and project management – valuable skills that distinguish you from the competition.

Our industry-ready graduates are in high demand. They have gone on to work for industrial companies, research and consultancy organisations, including TWI Ltd, Mott MacDonald, PTT Global Chemical, and Network Rail.

We actively encourage graduates from this MSc degree to go on to PhD study, and continue their project work with their academic and industrial supervisors.

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UK entry requirements

  • 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.

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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: 51 (51 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79( 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



£9,370 full-time

£4,685 part-time


£19,280 full-time

£9,640 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

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

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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 will carry out guided self-study outside of teaching contact time.

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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. You'll receive individual feedback to guide your development throughout your degree studies.