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

Join our online Statistics and Probability course and attain vital professional knowledge, skills and a career advantage as a graduate or practising engineer.

Join us online, wherever you are in the world, with no need for a study visa. And enjoy the flexibility of setting your own study hours on a course that fits around full-time work.

You’ll learn with a university at the forefront of teaching and professional training for ambitious engineers.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards this MSc qualification.

What you’ll 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 you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning Statistics and Probability course is delivered flexibly online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of both our MSc in Safety and Reliability Engineering and MSc in Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas, this course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

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

Your tutors

You’ll learn from highly qualified and experienced tutors from our School of Engineering, with strong backgrounds in research and industry.

Industry input

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 course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

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

Build your learning

We offer a range of specialist online Engineering and technology courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


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.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

For entry to this course, we’d expect you to hold a relevant degree.

However, your application will also be considered if you have alternative qualifications combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience.

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Start date
18 September 2023
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