Taught course

Reliability Engineering & Asset Management

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's course is a Second Class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Reliability Engineering and Asset Management is a critical field of managerial and technical importance to UK and International industry. It is estimated that 10% of annual typical plant cost is spent maintaining plant. Maintenance costs are likely to influence competitiveness on a global scale and this allows Maintenance Managers to make major impacts on their companies' bottom line.

The programme is a key element in increasing industrial competitiveness and is a sophisticated discipline which embraces management techniques, organisation, planning and the application of substantial electronic, engineering and analytical knowledge to manufacturing processes, transport, power generation and the efficient operation of industrial, commercial and civic buildings. The aim of the programme is to give companies the technical and managerial expertise to thrive in the global marketplace.

On completion of the course students will be able to obtain one of the following degrees: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).

Course Content

The programme consists of course units which include various aspects of applied management and technology in the field of REAM. It is designed such that after enrolment participants already working in industry will benefit from the structure and content of the course in order to enhance their capability in Reliability Engineering and Asset Management. Our teaching staff are internationally recognised professionals with years of experience working in industry and academic institutions.

The course is offered as indicated below:


MSc - Full time 1 year; Part time in attendance 3 years*; Distance Learning 3 years**

PG(Diploma) - Full time 1 year; Part time in attendance 2 years*; Distance Learning 2 years**

PG(Certificate) - Part time in attendance1 year*; Distance Learning 1 year**

*4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year; **Attendance = 1 day residential course per module; 2 modules per term - attendance not compulsory but recommended


MSc - Full time 1 year; Distance Learning 3 years**

PG(Diploma) - Distance Learning 2 years**

PG(Certificate) - Distance Learning 1 year**

** Attendance = 1 day residential course per module; 2 modules per term - attendance not compulsory but recommended


The course is fully accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and approved by The Society of Operations Engineers.

Student Experience

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Information for international students

All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in the English language. Applicants who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test such as IELTS or Pearson and attain the required English Language score:

IELTS: overall score 6.5 with no sub-test below 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): overall score of at least 59, with no sub-test below 51

IBT TOEFL: overall score of at least 90, with no sub-test below 22

Pre-sessional English: We also accept successful completion of the 10 week pre-sessional English course run by the University Language Centre to meet our English language requirements.

In order to enrol onto the ten week pre-sessional English course, your current IELTS scores must be at least: 5.5 overall, with no component scores below 5.5

If you would like to take the 10 week pre-sessional course, please email a scanned copy of your IELTS certificate to us at pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk . We will confirm whether you are eligible to take the course and inform the Language Centre. Please note that the Language Centre will not accept a booking for the 10 week pre-sessional course without this confirmation of your eligibility.

The deadline to apply for the ten week pre-sessional course is Friday 11 May 2018. Once we have confirmed that you are eligible to take the course, you will need to apply online .

Please note we do not accept the 6 or 3 week pre-sessional courses to meet our English requirements.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

Employer or sef-funding.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months
distance learning
24 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
+44(0) 161 306 9219