MSc Reliability Engineering and Asset Management

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
MSc 12 months full-time or 36 months part-time
Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's course is a Second Class (2:1) UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  In some cases we will accept a Second Class (2:2) honours degree where candidates have previous relevant industrial experience demonstrated by an up-to-date CV.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

For further information about making an online application for this MSc course, please see the guidance about  how to apply  on our department website.

If you have any questions about the application process or about our entry requirements please do contact us at  ream-admissions@manchester.ac.uk   and we will be happy to advise you further.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N Y

Course description

Course Director

Our teaching style is unique compared to other postgraduate engineering courses. All of the units are explained through industrial case studies, and our teaching often takes place at plant sites to demonstrate the real world application of theory.

Our MSc course offers a complete spectrum of education with real industrial applications ranging from maintenance systems and modelling, audit maintenance, turnaround management, reliability and maintainability, approaches in condition-based maintenance (CBM) and maintenance in design. Most of the students on this course are professionals already working in the industry. However we also have recent graduates studying the course who benefit from sharing classes with professionals with industrial experience and a real awareness of the problems at their workplace.

Prof Jyoti Sinha / Course Director

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.

This course intends to increase 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 course 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 course 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:

HOME/EU STUDENTS

MSc

  • Full time 1 year
  • Part time in attendance 3 years (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year)
  • Distance Learning 3 years (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Full time 1 year
  • Part time in attendance 2 years (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year)
  • Distance Learning 2 years (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Part time in attendance 1 year (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year)
  • Distance Learning 1 year (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

MSc

  • Full time 1 year
  • Distance Learning 3 years (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Distance Learning 2 years (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Distance Learning 1 year (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Open days

The next open day will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2019. Further details will be published nearer the time but to register your interest please visit  The University of Manchester website.

To find out more about The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering we would encourage you to take an online tour of our department and our facilities with our  Virtual Open Day .

Study fairs in the UK:  The University attends several  study fairs in the UK  each year.

Education fairs overseas:  We attend many  education fairs worldwide  each year, giving you the chance to meet representatives from The University of Manchester near you.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £25,000
    International students (per annum): £25,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £25,000 over 3 years, £8,334 per year
    International students (per annum): £25,000 over 3 years, £8,334 per year
  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £25,000 over 3 years, £8,334 per year
    International students (per annum): £25,000 over 3 years, £8,334 per year

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Contact name
PG Admissions
Telephone
+44(0)161 306 9219
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/mace
School/Faculty

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's course is a Second Class (2:1) UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  In some cases we will accept a Second Class (2:2) honours degree where candidates have previous relevant industrial experience demonstrated by an up-to-date CV.

English language

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: at least a score of 6.5 overall with three sub-tests at 6.0 or above and no sub-test less than 5.5

TOFEL (IBT): at least a score of 90 overall with no sub-test less than 22

Pearson PTE: at least a score of 58 overall with no sub-test less than 50

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. The department requirement for the 10 week course is a valid IELTS score of at least 5.5 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.

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

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

For further information about making an online application for this MSc course, please see the guidance about  how to apply  on our department website.

If you have any questions about the application process or about our entry requirements please do contact us at  ream-admissions@manchester.ac.uk   and we will be happy to advise you further.

Course details

Course description

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.

This course intends to increase 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 course 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 course 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:

HOME/EU STUDENTS

MSc

  • Full time 1 year
  • Part time in attendance 3 years (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year)
  • Distance Learning 3 years (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Full time 1 year
  • Part time in attendance 2 years (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year)
  • Distance Learning 2 years (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Part time in attendance 1 year (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year)
  • Distance Learning 1 year (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

MSc

  • Full time 1 year
  • Distance Learning 3 years (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Distance Learning 2 years (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Distance Learning 1 year (This includes a 1 day webinar per module and students study 2 modules per term. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Special features

Offers a flexible approach to learning as follows:

Full-time in attendance (Direct Taught)Students undertake eight units. Each taught unit lasts one week and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations. Students start work immediately on their project and the programme is completed in one year.

Part time in attendance (Direct Taught)Students undertake eight units. Each taught unit lasts one week and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations. Students start work on their project in the final year and this option is  completed in three years.

Part time by Distance Learning Students undertake eight units, all in distance learning format, each of about three months duration. Teaching will begin with a short introduction allowing students to acclimatise to the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard 9. The programme is complete after three years. Students undertake their project in the final year. 

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2021 and December 2021. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact ream.admissions@manchester.ac.uk .

Teaching and learning

The coherent atmosphere in the classroom is to maintain high standards and quality and as such places are limited. Our teaching methods are similar to knowledge transfer concepts as well as case studies without involving much mathematical theories.

Direct Taught (Full and Part-time study)

Each course unit runs for an intensive week-long period and tuition takes place at the University.

Distance Learning Part time

For part-time Distance Learning students, the entire course is delivered via Blackboard, an online virtual learning environment. Two course units per semester are undertaken on-line accessing web-based teaching material which will include text, images, video and animation in parallel, over a three month period. Most importantly web-based teaching generates an interactive environment with real, active communication between students and staff and between groups of students throughout the programme. Distance Learning students are invited to attend a webinar via Blackboard with the course leader twice per semester.  This is recommended but not compulsory.

Coursework and assessment

Each taught unit of the programme is followed by two assignments which is applied in the work place for part-time students or at the university for full-time students plus an examination either at the University or at higher education institute or British Council in the student's home country.

Assessment is by written examination and assignment. The assignment, which follows the taught element of the unit, accounts for 50% of the total marks, the examination 35% and an in-unit assignment the remaining 15%.

Examination period

Semester 1 - 2nd and 3rd week of January

Semester 2 - 2nd and 3rd week of May/June

Dissertation Project

The dissertation project is intended to address a real issue in Reliability Engineering and Asset Management and is studied in depth, relating problems in the field to theory, case studies and solution reported in the literature, and often creating innovative proposals and field trials. All students have access to laboratory resources where appropriate.

Course unit details

REAM is a modular course which consists of eight units, some which include field and lab work followed by a major project. The earlier units address the management of the maintenance process, including such topics as asset management and maintenance strategy, advanced vibration monitoring, asset maintenance systems and condition monitoring. Later more specialised units deal with auditing, reliability and risk. Units on the full time programme are direct taught, however, part time students can choose either direct taught or web-based distance learning.

All delivery modes cover the same syllabus and lead to the same qualification.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation (REAM) MACE60300 60 Mandatory
Asset Management Strategy & Organisation MACE69001 15 Mandatory
Safety, Legislation & Cost Effectiveness MACE69022 15 Mandatory
Asset Maintenance Systems MACE69032 15 Mandatory
Machinery Vibration-based Condition Monitoring MACE69041 15 Mandatory
Design for Reliability & Asset Management MACE69051 15 Mandatory
Auditing Asset Management & Maintenance Organisations MACE69062 15 Mandatory
Reliability, Maintainability & Risk MACE69072 15 Mandatory
Turnaround Management MACE69081 15 Mandatory

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The majority of graduates who have entered the programme to date already occupied senior maintenance related engineering positions within their organisation. Most continued in this discipline in their organisations, often in a more senior position.