MRes Specialism in Risk and Reliability

Course Overview

The Master of Research (MRes) degree specialising in Risk and Reliability aims to produce graduates who possess sophisticated research and technical skills that will enable them to address the challenges confronting risk analysis in modern industry where problems are typically multidisciplinary and highly context-dependent.

Students will be based within the Department of Management Science.

Research in the Department of Management Science

The Department has several researchers actively involved in theoretical and practical risk and reliability projects. The common motivation is to develop modelling methodologies motivated by involvement in industrial problems. For example, current projects are being conducted in collaboration with the aerospace, rail, power and defence industries.

The Department of Management Science has led the formation of a University of Strathclyde Centre for Risk, Safety and Uncertainty Management. This is a collaboration between researchers in Business, Science, Social Science and Engineering and should provide a stimulating environment in which to work.

Risk and reliability

Risk and reliability analysis is concerned with modelling the ability of systems to function properly and exploring the consequences when they do not. Such analysis plays a fundamental role in supporting the design, development, operation and de-commissioning of complex systems.

Risk and reliability analysis is routinely conducted for systems used, for example, in power generation, oil and gas, air, rail, road and sea transportation, automotive engineering and telecommunication and involves both the engineering infrastructure and the associated business and service provision. Risk analysis must be aware of all factors influencing the system, especially the interaction of humans, computers and machinery.

Course objectives

This MRes differs from conventional MSc qualifications in two ways. First, the split between taught courses and research project is equal for the MRes compared with most conventional MScs where the split is two-thirds taught programme and one-third project. Second, within the MRes there is a substantial emphasis on research training in the taught part of the course with the aim of producing graduates who can select appropriate methodologies with which to approach the industrial research problem at hand.

The course aims to produce graduates with:

  • In depth understanding of the theory and practice of risk and reliability analysis
  • Sophisticated research skills relevant to modern industrial challenges

Course structure

The first half is predominantly the taught element, comprising a mix of generic research methodology classes and technical classes.

The technical classes include:

  • Basic Reliability Theory and Techniques
  • Advanced System Reliability Modelling
  • Modelling within Reliability and Maintainability
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Foundations of Risk
  • Risk Governance

The second half is devoted to the project, which is based on an industrially-motivated problem and draws on the theories introduced in the taught element.

A significant part of this degree is independent research; the Department has a reputation for providing a supportive learning and research environment.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a good first degree which contains a substantial quantitative element, such as mathematics, operational research, statistics, economics, psychology and engineering.

Modes of Study

The programme is available either full-time or part-time

Duration of Course

The duration of the programme is one full calendar year for full-time candidates and two years for part-time.

How to Apply

Applications can be made at any time. Registration normally commences in October of each year.

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Contact Information

For further information about the programme, please contact:

Christine Mackie
Faculty Office
Level 2, Sir William Duncan Building
University of Strathclyde
130 Rottenrow
Glasgow, G4 0GE

Tel +44(0) 141 548 6179