This programme provides education and training for graduate engineers in the general area of safety engineering, reliability engineering, and loss prevention. Safety engineering is not a subject which is adequately covered in most undergraduate degrees, so this MSc programme brings together those topics relating to the safety and reliability of engineering products and systems, including the legislative framework, in a unified approach.
The aim is to provide an opportunity for graduate engineers to develop a career in safety and reliability engineering and risk management. 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 is available as both full- and part-time study, and also by part-time distance learning.
Each module can also be taken alone as Independent Subject Study (ISS).
Fully accredited by the
For further information about the programme or to discuss your application, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Unit.
First Semester - September - December
For full-time students taking the MSc Programme over 12 months, a dissertation is to be prepared on work undertaken during the final individual project, which will normally be specified in collaboration with industrial partners, supervised either in the School of Engineering or in the companies, and carried out from June to September.
Please note that an industry placement is not compulsory and cannot be guaranteed.
For part-time students who are sponsored by their company or who are working for a company approved by the University, a dissertation is to be prepared on approved project work carried out within that company during the second or third year of the programme.
Reviewing Safety Culture Models and establishing if links could be developed between those Models
The Student - Elizabeth Jacob
"I wanted an industry related project to apply the technical knowledge I had gained from my degree. I gained valuable interpersonal skills, effective communications skills and I also learned that the working environment needs individuals to be constantly inquisitive. I had the opportunity to converse with professionals from top management to current graduate engineers within Atkins. This not only helped the research needed for my dissertation, it also encouraged me to think further about my career path and the various options available."
The Company - ATKINS
"The output was extremely useful for us and having a Masters student to undertake this work was a clear benefit to our organisation. We are already looking ahead to developing a greater collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and will again be looking at suggesting masters level work based projects. Elizabeth now works for us as a Graduate Safety Engineer."
Assessment is by continuous assessment and/or written assignment.
Students are taught by staff from the Departments of Engineering, Mathematics, Psychology and Environmental and Occupational Medicine of The University of Aberdeen, and from the School of Mechanical and Offshore Engineering at The Robert Gordon University. In addition, a number of industrially based external lecturers contribute to the Programme to give examples of how theoretical concepts are currently being applied in industry.
There is a large demand for people with qualifications in safety engineering - in almost all branches of industry and within the regulatory bodies. This demand is likely to continue, and indeed increase, as more effort is put into assessing the safety and reliability of advanced and complex engineering systems and of ensuring that existing facilities can continue to be operated safely and economically.
People with research experience in safety engineering are also in demand and there are good opportunities for subsequent study leading to the award of MPhil or PhD, both in Aberdeen and at other Universities.
It is worthy of note that most graduates from this MSc Programme have found immediate employment, and at salaries well above average for engineering graduates, allowing for age and experience.
|"The degree equipped me with vast knowledge in Oil and Gas engineering, especially regarding safety and reliability engineering. I have applied this knowledge as a safety engineer with Total. In my current job as a Business Development Executive, the Oil and Gas knowledge has given me an opportunity to explain, convince and attract clients to work with Bureau Veritas as my majority target are clients in the energy sector." [More]|
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Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a 2:1 (upper second class) 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.
Students with a Physics or Mathematics degree may also be considered if they have a high 2:1. Students with Engineering degrees at a high 2:2 AND at least 2-3 years of relevant experience may also be considered.
Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics and Mechanics.
It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry.
For this application we need at least:
It is important when submitting an application that you ensure you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.
We have one intake of students each September. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake should the programme coordinator feel there is insufficient time to consider the application. Prospective students who require a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply as early in the year as possible to secure a place. Applications for full-time study received after 30th June from students who need to apply for a visa to study in the UK will not be processed for entry but will be considered for entry into the following intake as appropriate. Distance-learners should apply as soon as possible and by 31st July.
Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/english-requirements.php. This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen . Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations.
Information on tuition fees, including the current fee level, can be found on the University Registry website.
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University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme
The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated (or about to graduate) with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information.
A list of funding opportunities is also maintained on the College of Physical Sciences Funding Page.
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