Taught course

Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering

Institution
Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

Applicants to the MSc programme will normally:

  • Have a good undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2 honours or equivalent) in engineering or a relevant science discipline, or
  • Demonstrate equivalent academic ability based on industrial experience or membership of a professional institution.

Heriot-Watt Online students must first take exams in two courses of the programme, Human Factors Methods and Learning from Disasters. Based on the results for these entry courses students will continue on the programme at MSc or at PG Diploma level.

Students will additionally have access to the short course 'Introduction to Digital Study and Academic Skills', to prepare for postgraduate study.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

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 course 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. It 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 course will also introduce students to recent developments in analytical techniques, e.g. computer modelling of risk, reliability and safety problems.

Information for international students

Applicants will need a good English Language ability to succeed in their programme. Those for whom English is not their first language should have:

  • Achieved a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • And/or have successfully completed courses (of 1 year or more in duration) delivered in English.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-96 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-96 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    flexible
    24-96 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    30-96 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    30-96 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    flexible
    30-96 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Most students intend to complete their studies via Online Learning within 2-3 years.

Course contact details

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