MSc Reliability Engineering and Asset Management (Dubai) / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

Reliability Engineering and Asset Management is a critical field of managerial and technical importance to many industries.  It is estimated that significant annual typical plant cost is spent maintaining plant. Maintenance costs are likely to influence competitiveness on a global scale which 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.

Course Description

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 -  Part time Distance Learning 2 years**

** Attendance = 5 day residential programme per module; 2 modules per semester

Special features

You will attend a 5 day face to face workshop for each unit. There will be four workshops each academic year at The University of Manchester's Middle East Centre, located at the heart of Dubai's Knowledge Park. At these workshops, you will undertake practical activities in small multinational groups and complete applied maintenance challenges that are relevant to your workplace. Our approach combines the very best interactive e-learning with the Manchester Method - the `action learning' approach developed here at The University of Manchester in the 1960s. 

In addition to your face to face workshop for each unit you will also complete a dissertation project. You will be supported by an academic supervisor relevant to your chosen project area and will have regular contact with them to support your study.

Teaching and learning

The intention of the programme is to maintain high standards and quality. Therefore places are limited. Our teaching methods are similar to knowledge transfer concepts as well as case studies without involving much mathematical theories.

For part-time students you will visit our University of Manchester Worldwide centre in Dubai Knowledge Park for a 5-day residential per unit, there are two units in each semester, the learning is further supported via Blackboard, an online virtual learning environment. Our web-based platform generates an interactive environment with real, active communication between students and staff and between groups of students throughout the programme after the class room teaching.  

Coursework and assessment

Each taught unit of the programme has three assessments:

  1. Short assignment (15%) completed in the 5-day direct taught residential;
  2. Major written assignment (50%) which is submitted at the end of the semester;
  3. 2 Hour closed book examination (35%) at the end of the semester.

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. The dissertation starts in the second semester and is to be completed by the end of the programme.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: