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Gain the important mathematical tools you’ll need as an engineer working in safety, risk and reliability.

Attain vital professional knowledge, skills and a career advantage as a graduate or practising engineer – with the flexibility of learning online wherever you are in the world.

Learn with a university at the forefront of teaching and professional training for ambitious engineers.

What will I study?

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of applied probability and statistics.

You’ll learn how to apply probability and statistics in your own field as you undertake the calculations necessary to quantify risk and assess reliability.

You’ll also grow your financial skills in understanding the investment side of risk calculation.

Providing you with a solid mathematical foundation for the analysis of safety, reliability and quality, your course will also cover the following topics:

  • Revision of elementary concepts in statistics and probability
  • Important uni-variate distributions
  • Bi-variate and multi-variate normal distribution
  • Parameter estimation and goodness-of-fit
  • Analysis of statistical data
  • Treatment of outliers
  • Analysis of variance
  • Introduction to continuous and discrete stochastic processes

How will I study?

This course is delivered online, with one final exam that you must sit in person. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you. We’ll help you locate an exam centre in your area for your final exam.

Part of our Masters in Safety and Reliability Engineering and Masters in Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas, this course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from highly qualified and experienced tutors with strong research and industrial backgrounds.

You’ll also benefit from the direct input of an Industry Advisory Board. It constantly reviews your course content to ensure that you're gaining the latest industry knowledge and are up to speed with emerging trends, technologies and career opportunities.

Your training is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, including:

  • online lectures and tutorials
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Where will this take me?

Statistics and Probability for Safety, Reliability and Quality is one of a suite of Engineering short courses that we offer online. These can be used to build up credits towards higher qualifications.

Find out more about credits.


This course is designed to prepare you, as a graduate or practising engineer, for a career in safety and reliability engineering and risk management. There’s a continuing high demand for people with specialist knowledge in these areas.

You could also continue on to research work in risk quantification.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Further learning

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards further study, including our:

See our full range of postgraduate Engineering degrees.

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Am I ready?

Applicants for this course are expected to hold a relevant degree. However, alternative/lower qualifications, combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience, may also be considered for entry.

For this course, you’ll apply through our Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents. Our admissions team will then review these and get back to you. Read How to apply through our Applicant Portal for all you need to know.

You need to apply by the course start date to ensure you are enrolled in time.

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Start date
28 September 2020