Taught course

Non Destructive Testings and Evaluation

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. Candidates with other combinations of relevant qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The technology and applications of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) are wide-ranging and constantly evolving. Major fields of application include the aerospace industry, oil, gas and energy generation, chemical industries, space technology, rail transport, shipping and manufacturing. Other applications are constantly emerging and there are strong links with medical technology.

Careers in NDT often offer opportunities to travel and to work in new, high technology industries. The series of taught modules that form part one of the course will develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of non-destructive testing technologies. The university has access to a range of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies including; Infrared Thermography, Ultrasonics, Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer, a ballistics testing cell and DeltaVision computer software for the measurement of photoelasticity. Practical tasks undertaken with these facilities will enable you to develop your skills in applying a variety of testing and measurement techniques and critically examining the results.

Upon the successful completion of 120 credits in part one, you will be required to undertake an independent research project worth 60 credits. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to you to help guide you through the independent research phase.

Collaboration and Knowledge Transfer

Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and evaluation is a key area of research for UWTSD Swansea, where we are the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre in Port Talbot, operated by TWI, a global leader in technology engineering that provides research and consultancy to our students’ research. Funding from the Welsh Assembly Government and from the EPSRC has facilitated the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment.

Other links with industry include: Knauf Insulation, Silverwing UK Ltd, Oceaneering Inspection Services, Team Precision Pipeline Assembllies, Cyden, and Rikoset.


  • Research Methods
  • NDT Systems, Standards and Applications
  • Materials
  • Ultrasonic Methods
  • Radiographic Methods
  • Electromagnetic Methods
  • Thermal and Optical Methods
  • Major project / dissertation

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Peter Charlton
01792 481000
01792 481168