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Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering (distance Learning Only) MSc/Diploma, M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (WUR) Online
The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering is designed to give a thorough understanding of these techniques and experience of their application to a variety of real-world problems. 

About

Risk has become a key concept in modern society. Growing concern about the environment and a number of disasters have served to focus attention on the hazards and risks involved in a wide range of activities from offshore oil production to rail and air transport; from the design of football stadia to the operation of chemical plants and environmental protection.

Today there is a wide range of techniques available to assess risk and reliability, both in relation to safety and in the wider sense. These techniques now underpin new legislation on safety and have relevance over a broad spectrum of activities, including environmental and other systems, where risk and reliability are key concerns.

The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering aims to provide students with an understanding of safety, risk and reliability engineering in both a qualitative and quantitative manner, and to develop the skills to apply this understanding. The programme will also introduce students to recent developments in analytical techniques, e.g. computer modelling of risk, reliability and safety problems.

Accreditation

  • This MSc degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for further information.
  • The MSc and PgDip degrees have also been accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Graduates are eligible to join IOSH as Graduate members and then undertake an initial professional development process that leads to Chartered membership.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Risk Assessment and Safety Management
  • Systems Reliability
  • Data Analysis and Simulation
  • Human Factors Methods
  • Learning from Disasters
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability
  • Fire Safety, Explosions and Process Safety
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion courses, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1185 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1185 GBP per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1185 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1185 GBP per credit and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

*per course

Funding

Scholarships & bursaries

Alumni Scholarship Scheme

Heriot-Watt Alumni

Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries

Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

International (Commonwealth citizens)

Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme(SBE)

International (Commonwealth citizens)

Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Commonwealth citizens

East Lothian Educational Trust

Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)

India Scholarship(SBE)

Students who have applied via the Heriot-Watt India office. Please note that this award is available for study at our Edinburgh campus only.

Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.

Local Education Authority Awards

Various

Mexican Scholarships

Mexican applicants

Music Scholarships

All students

Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)

See SAAS residence conditions.

Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)

EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses

Remission of Fees (families of staff)

Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University

Royal Caledonian Schools Trust

Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)

SFC Key Skills Funded Places (SBE)(SBE)

Applicants resident in Scotland who accept an offer for an eligible Programme

Scotland's Saltire Scholarships

Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)

Sports Scholarships

All students

Staff Scholarships

Employees of Heriot-Watt University

The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship Programme

All currently enrolled students

West Lothian Educational Trust

Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.

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