MSc Reliability Engineering and Asset Management / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
Master of Science
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   and we will be happy to advise you further.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

Our teaching style is unique compared to other postgraduate engineering courses. The taught units are explained through industrial case studies to demonstrate the application of theory.

Our MSc course offers excellent teaching 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. Many of the students on this course are professionals already working in the industry. However we also have recent graduates on the course who benefit from sharing classes with professionals with industrial experience and awareness of the real-world challenges in the workplace.

Prof Jyoti Sinha / Course Director

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.

This course intends to equip candidates to do just that. The MSc course 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.

Course content

The course includes taught units which cover various aspects of applied management and technology in the field of reliability engineering and asset management. The course is designed to be suitable for professionals already working in the industry as well as recent graduates who have studied an undergraduate degree in this field. Our teaching staff are internationally recognised professionals with years of experience working in industry and academic institutions.

The course is offered as indicated below:

  • Full-time on campus, 1 year
  • Part-time on campus, 3 years  (4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year) This option is only available for Home students
  • Part-time distance learning, 3 years  (Students study two units per term. There is a one day webinar per unit. Attendance is not compulsory but is recommended)

We also offer Reliability Engineering and Asset Management as a Postgraduate Certificate (four taught units), a Postgraduate Diploma (all eight taught units) and as a Continuing Professional Development course in which you can study individual course units.

For further information about these course options, please see the Reliability Engineering and Asset Management PG Certificate and PG Diploma course page, or our Continuing Professional Development course page.

Open days

We're delighted to hear you're interested in specialising your skills with us.

Take a look at our Meet Us page to find out when our next information sessions are taking place, and when you can next join us at a study fair near you.

For any further questions, we encourage you to get in touch - we're happy to help.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £27,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £32,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £25,000 over 3 years, £8,334 per year
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £30,000 over 3 years, £10,000 per year
  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £25,000 over 3 years, £8,334 per year
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £30,000 over 3 years, £10,000 per year

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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).


Across our institution, we offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.

The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our Manchester Masters Bursaries are aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

For more information, see the Fees and funding page or visit the University of Manchester funding for masters courses website for more information.

Contact details

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Contact name
REAM Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 543 4016

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