University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Safety and Reliability Engineering


University of Aberdeen, Kings College

St Mary's Building

Aberdeen, Scotland

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Safety and Reliability Engineering

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The aim of this programme is to provide an opportunity for graduate engineers to develop a career in safety and reliability engineering and risk management. These topics are not adequately covered at undergraduate level and there is a continuing high demand for people with specialist knowledge in these areas. This is partly a result of the new legal requirements to assess and control industrial risks to people and the environment, and partly because of the need to create high integrity engineering systems in many industries – for example, in the offshore, nuclear, transport, aerospace and process industries. The needs are global. The Programme provides an integrated approach to safety and reliability issues across most of the traditional branches of engineering, and allows students to specialise in offshore engineering, technical safety, reliability, legislations and regulations or human factors. The Programme also requires a final individual project, providing an opportunity for personal research and giving a deeper insight into particular safety and reliability problems. Each year, a large number of projects are carried out in industry placements or being supervised by industrial specialists.


Fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

International Student Requirements:

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a UK Honours degree (or an honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) in any branch of Engineering at a 2:1 (upper second) class or above. International applicants are also required to provide proof of proficiency in English (6.5 in IELTS examination or 580 in TOEFL).Candidates for whom English is not a native tongue are accepted on condition that their proficiency allows them to learn from Lectures, take part in Tutorials, and write essays and examinations in the prescribed time. They may be asked to take a compulsory test in English soon after arrival in Aberdeen, and, if necessary, attend a remedial course in the English Language Laboratory at Old Aberdeen.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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