PGDip Reliability Engineering and Asset Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Reliability Engineering and Asset Management are critical to industries throughout the world. It is estimated that a significant amount of annual plant cost is spent on maintenance. Maintenance costs are likely to influence competitiveness on a global scale and therefore those working in maintenance can impact their company's bottom line in a positive way. The aim of these courses is to equip candidates to do just that and to give companies the technical and managerial expertise to thrive in the global marketplace.

Our Reliability Engineering and Asset Management (REAM) courses cover management techniques, organisation, planning and application of engineering knowledge to manufacturing processes to improve the efficiency of the operations of industrial and civic buildings.

As well as the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma options, we also offer the following courses which you may be interested in:

Postgraduate Certificate

This course is available on a part-time basis with the following options:

  • Part-time on campus, 1 year (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year) This option is only available for Home/EU students
  • Part-time distance learning, 1 year (Students study two units per term and each unit includes a one day online webinar)

Students studying for the Postgraduate Certificate qualification select the four course units they would like to study from the eight available units and complete them on a part-time basis over 1 year. 

Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma is available on a full and part-time basis with the following options:

  • Full time on campus, 1 year
  • Part time on campus, 2 years (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year) This option is only available for Home/EU students
  • Part-time distance learning, 2 years (Students study two units per term and each unit includes a one day online webinar)

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 2022 and December 2022. 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

Postgraduate Certificate

Part-time on campus (only available for Home/EU students)

Students undertake four units (two per semester). Each course unit is taught over a one week period and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations. Students study four course units over one year.

Part-time distance learning

Students undertake four course units (two per semester) all studied online. Teaching will begin with a short introduction allowing students to acclimatise to the online system- our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard 9. The online teaching material includes text, images, video and animation and there is also regular and active communication online between groups of students and with academic staff. Distance learning students are invited to attend a webinar via the Blackboard virtual learning environment with the course leader twice per semester.  This is recommended but not compulsory.

Postgraduate Diploma

Full-time on campus

Students study full-time on campus and undertake eight course units over the year. Each taught unit lasts one week and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations.

Part-time on campus (only available for Home/EU students)

Students undertake eight units. Each course unit is taught over a one week period and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations. Students study four course units each year and therefore the duration of the part-time course is two years.

Part-time distance learning

Students undertake eight course units, all studied online over two years, spending around 3 months on each course unit. Teaching will begin with a short introduction allowing students to acclimatise to the online system- our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard 9. The online teaching material includes text, images, video and animation and there is also regular and active communication online between groups of students and with academic staff. Distance learning students are invited to attend a webinar via the Blackboard virtual learning environment with the course leader twice per semester.  This is recommended but not compulsory.

Coursework and assessment

Following each taught course unit, there are two assignments and an examination. Distance learning students take the examination at an approved higher education institute or the British Council in their home country.

The written assignment accounts for 50% of the grade for the unit, the examination 35% and an in-unit assignment the remaining 15%.

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
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