Introduction

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 various aspects of technical safety, including human factors engineering.

MSc Safety and Reliability Engineering is also available to study full time on campus.

This programme is studied fully online.

This programme provides education and training for graduate engineers in the general area of safety engineering, reliability engineering, and loss prevention. Technical safety is not a subject which is adequately covered in most undergraduate degrees, so this MSc programme comprehends those topics relating to the safety and reliability of engineering products and systems, 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 nuclear, defence, transport, aerospace, manufacturing and process industries.

Communication and self-learning skills are enhanced through a series of tutorials, coursework, technical reports and presentations. Coursework involving group projects are designed to develop creativity, leadership and team-building skills and to encourage initiative and personal responsibility in the implementation of the projects.

Technical lectures by experienced industry partners will be arranged to provide further practical exposure and awareness of professional and social responsibility to the students.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
ISS or MSc
Duration
5 months or 27 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

There are two study options for this programme: the full MSc and ISS (Individual Subject Study).

MSc: 12 courses in total taking a minimum of 27 months to complete, taking a maximum of 2 courses concurrently each semester. You can take fewer courses at a time as long as you complete your studies in 60 months

ISS: 1 or 2 courses taken concurrently per semester with the option, but no commitment, to continue to further courses.

Approximately 10-12 hours of study is expected per week per course.

ISS 5 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Semester 1

Semester 1

Each course below runs from September to December and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.

Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).

Optional Courses

Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts (EG501D) - 15 Credit Points

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

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Statistics and Probability for Safety, Reliability and Quality (EG501E) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to get an understanding of applied probability and statistics. Students will be able to handle variables of a random nature, deal with parameters of different distributions and data of scattering nature.

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Fire and Explosion Engineering (EG501G) - 15 Credit Points

Hydrocarbon fires and explosions produce extreme loading on engineering components. Structural steels lose their strength and stiffness well below the temperatures associated with hydrocarbon fires. Safety-critical elements must be designed to withstand both these temperatures and the blast overpressures that result from hydrocarbon explosions. Simple models are used to assess the loading that results from fires and explosions. Structural elements are analysed to illustrate the design procedures that are required to prevent escalation and to design against major accident scenarios.

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Subsea Integrity (EG50G8) - 15 Credit Points

This course is for students studying MSc Subsea Engineering. The aim is to provide knowledge of materials engineering and selection, and failure and degradation issues in a subsea environment, including life cycle analysis; to provide knowledge for understanding and applying the relevant design standards and selection guidelines; and to provide a detailed understanding related to fault finding and integrity management. Fundamental studies are combined with industry applications.

· Principles of materials selection

· Materials and component qualification: design standards and testing/acceptance regimes

· Degradation processes – corrosion, erosion, stress corrosion

· Failure processes – fracture and fatigue

· Inspection techniques

· Integrity management procedures

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Each course below runs from January to May and requires 10-12 hours of commitment per week. Up to 2 courses can be taken concurrently.

Courses can be taken individually and/or used towards a qualification: Postgraduate Certificate (successful completion of 4 courses), Postgraduate Diploma (8 courses) or MSc (all 12 courses).

Optional Courses

Advanced Methods for Risk and Reliability Assessment (Distance Learning) (EG551D) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to understand and be able to carry out probabilistic modelling of uncertainty in engineering components and systems. Students will be able to obtain a good knowledge and understanding on random variables in probabilistic analysis and be able to carry out approximation and numerical schemes on components and systems.

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Applied Risk Analysis and Management (Distance Learning) (EG551E) - 15 Credit Points

Risk assessment, the common tools used for (and the legal requirement associated with) risk assessment are covered. Students will have a thorough understanding on the components of good assessment and management of risks, and be familiar with the basic requirement for HAZID, HAZOP, SIL, QRA and the Safety Case.

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Process Design, Layout & Materials (EG55Q4) - 15 Credit Points

Candidates will develop PIDs for major systems applying LOPA and including instrumentation. Inherently safe equipment layout principles for both onshore and offshore applications are addressed. Layouts will be developed for example applications.

The safety critical systems are reviewed and discussed. These include; ESD, fire and gas; HVAC; hazardous areas; active and passive fire protection; blast protection; drainage; materials transfer.

Corrosion mechanisms are addressed together with materials for construction properties. Basic corrosion models are presented for a wide range of fluids. The operational modes which present most demand on materials are reviewed. Corrosion in erosive environments is addressed. Effects of temperature deviations in fire & blowdown are illustrated and analysed. Case studies are used to illustrate common issues.

View detailed information about this course

Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts (EG501D) - 15 Credit Points

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

View detailed information about this course

MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts (EG501D) - 15 Credit Points

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

View detailed information about this course

Statistics and Probability for Safety, Reliability and Quality (EG501E) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to get an understanding of applied probability and statistics. Students will be able to handle variables of a random nature, deal with parameters of different distributions and data of scattering nature.

View detailed information about this course

Advanced Methods for Risk and Reliability Assessment (Distance Learning) (EG551D) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to understand and be able to carry out probabilistic modelling of uncertainty in engineering components and systems. Students will be able to obtain a good knowledge and understanding on random variables in probabilistic analysis and be able to carry out approximation and numerical schemes on components and systems.

View detailed information about this course

Applied Risk Analysis and Management (Distance Learning) (EG551E) - 15 Credit Points

Risk assessment, the common tools used for (and the legal requirement associated with) risk assessment are covered. Students will have a thorough understanding on the components of good assessment and management of risks, and be familiar with the basic requirement for HAZID, HAZOP, SIL, QRA and the Safety Case.

View detailed information about this course

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Fire and Explosion Engineering (EG501G) - 15 Credit Points

Hydrocarbon fires and explosions produce extreme loading on engineering components. Structural steels lose their strength and stiffness well below the temperatures associated with hydrocarbon fires. Safety-critical elements must be designed to withstand both these temperatures and the blast overpressures that result from hydrocarbon explosions. Simple models are used to assess the loading that results from fires and explosions. Structural elements are analysed to illustrate the design procedures that are required to prevent escalation and to design against major accident scenarios.

View detailed information about this course

Subsea Integrity (EG50G8) - 15 Credit Points

This course is for students studying MSc Subsea Engineering. The aim is to provide knowledge of materials engineering and selection, and failure and degradation issues in a subsea environment, including life cycle analysis; to provide knowledge for understanding and applying the relevant design standards and selection guidelines; and to provide a detailed understanding related to fault finding and integrity management. Fundamental studies are combined with industry applications.

· Principles of materials selection

· Materials and component qualification: design standards and testing/acceptance regimes

· Degradation processes – corrosion, erosion, stress corrosion

· Failure processes – fracture and fatigue

· Inspection techniques

· Integrity management procedures

View detailed information about this course

Process Design, Layout & Materials (EG55Q4) - 15 Credit Points

Candidates will develop PIDs for major systems applying LOPA and including instrumentation. Inherently safe equipment layout principles for both onshore and offshore applications are addressed. Layouts will be developed for example applications.

The safety critical systems are reviewed and discussed. These include; ESD, fire and gas; HVAC; hazardous areas; active and passive fire protection; blast protection; drainage; materials transfer.

Corrosion mechanisms are addressed together with materials for construction properties. Basic corrosion models are presented for a wide range of fluids. The operational modes which present most demand on materials are reviewed. Corrosion in erosive environments is addressed. Effects of temperature deviations in fire & blowdown are illustrated and analysed. Case studies are used to illustrate common issues.

View detailed information about this course

Human Factors Engineering (EG55Q5) - 15 Credit Points

Human Factors Engineering (HFE) covers a range of issues relating to how people interact with complex engineering systems. These can be grouped into one of three main areas - Man-Equipment interfaces and interactions; Organisational Behaviours; and Personal Behaviour/Human Error. Failures in these three areas are involved in all major incidents and candidates will explore them as part of this course. First, a review of a number of major accidents will be undertaken to identify how the equipment design, individual behaviours, and organisational behaviours contributed. The role of equipment/system design and the effect it has on individuals' behaviours is then explored, including man-machine interfaces. Human Error is then addressed, including error types and the impact of environmental factors. This will be applied to Critical Task Analysis and Human Reliability Assessment. Finally, organisational behaviours will be examined. Leading and Lagging indicators are explored and their strengths and weaknesses considered. At each stage, students will have the opportunity to complete practical assessments led by industry practitioners with specialist expertise in HFE.

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Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Safety Engineering Individual Project (Distance Learning) (EG5910) - 60 Credit Points

This course is for students studying MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas. Students may have opportunity to carry out the project as part of an industrial placement. The dissertation is an independent piece of work based on a topic of students’ own choice. The students are encouraged to focus their dissertation on a problem confronting the Safety industry, and to demonstrate how the fundamentals they have learned during the taught programme can be put into practice. The dissertation should contain a degree of original work and demonstrate in-depth the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MSc programme.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment and/or written assignment.

Why Study Safety and Reliability Engineering?

  • Available completely online, allowing you to work while you study and fit learning around your schedule.

  • Pay by module, giving you the freedom to balance your studies with other financial commitments.

  • Complete your full degree in 27 months or spread out over a longer period of time (up to six years).

  • As well as the key technological, operational and engineering elements, crucial human factors are also taught in relation to safety on the programme.
  • The MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering programme draws together students from all over the world, making the learning experience a truly international affair and providing world-wide recognition of the programme.
  • The Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) Centre for Safety and Reliability Engineering builds on existing expertise and track record within the School of Engineering to form a world-class unit for research and teaching in safety and reliability engineering. One of the objectives is to continually develop and deliver a world-class MSc programme in Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas aimed at educating the leading safety engineering specialists of the future.
  • To ensure that the degree programmes remain current and connected to industry, the programme is developed and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds.
  • We deliver industry supportive and responsive research in a number of key oil and gas and wider energy areas.
  • Our close links with industry ensures that you experience lectures taught by industry professionals and undertake MSc projects with leading firms.
  • Our engineering programmes attract students from around the world, all sharing a common interest and passion for the future of oil and gas exploration and production, and the engineering skills required to make it a continued success.
  • You will be taught by, and engage with a truly international team of engineering staff. Collectively, they bring an incredible level of industrial experience and academic expertise from working on major projects around the world.
  • You are encouraged to develop your own ideas for dissertations and to approach industry for collaboration. This will also help you to plan your project effectively and present it within the business environment.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

  • 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, Mathematics or Physics.
  • Those with a 2:2 Honours degree in Engineering may also be considered if they can demonstrate 2+ years of relevant Oil & Gas Industry experience.
  • Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics and Mechanical subjects such as stress analysis, strength of materials and thermodynamics.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Physical Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

ISS 5 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £588
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
International Students £1,600
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits. Fee does not include charge for dissertation.
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
MSc 27 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,150
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credit points. Students starting in 2018/19 will be provided a discount of 50% towards the cost of the tuition fees for the project/dissertation course. This will be applied at the time students register for the project/dissertation.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

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Careers

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Career Opportunities

  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Project Technical Safety Engineer
  • Safety and Reliability Engineer
  • Technical Safety Engineer
  • Technical Safety Operator

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Dr Srinivas Sriramula

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

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LRF Safety & Reliability Centre

LRF Safety & Reliability Centre

Conducting world-class research in the general area of safety & reliabiltiy engineering at the University. To develop the industry focus of safety & reliability engineering research and facilitate the transfer knowledge.

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Contact Details

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University of Aberdeen
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King's College
Aberdeen
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