Earn an accredited Masters in Safety and Reliability Engineering without taking a career break.

Join an accredited online degree that delivers the specialist safety training many undergraduate engineering degrees lack.

  • Enhance your engineering CV with expertise in the safety and reliability of complex engineering systems.
  • Learn from the best in the business, with a university at the forefront of teaching and professional training for ambitious engineers.
  • Master the concepts and tools of safety and risk management applicable to all industries, including oil and gas, chemical, transport and construction.

You’ll train in safety engineering, reliability engineering and loss prevention. You’ll learn to assess and control industrial risks and to create high-integrity engineering systems. And you’ll cover crucial human factors and legislative frameworks too.

Study online, part-time with our team of engineers, industry professionals, and practising safety and reliability specialists.

You can also study this degree full-time on campus.

Accredited online degree

This online MSc is accredited by the:

Industry links

You’ll be joining a university with close industry links. We deliver industry-supportive and responsive safety research in a number of sectors.

Our working partnerships mean you’ll:

  • enjoy lectures taught by industry professionals
  • connect with the latest career opportunities.

Your degree content is also developed and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board. This group of experienced professionals, drawn from a range of sectors, ensures your training is kept up-to-date and industry-ready.

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree. You can build your way to a qualification one short course at a time.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance learning MSc in Safety and Reliability Engineering is delivered flexibly online.

You can learn with us anywhere, with no study visa, and set your study hours to suit you.

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 access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of internationally experienced engineers and industry professionals who have worked on major projects around the world. You’ll benefit from their expertise and enjoy lectures from practising safety and reliability specialists. Read more about the work of your teaching team.

Your colleagues

You’ll be joining students from all over the globe, all sharing your passion for engineering. Through group projects, you’ll develop your creativity, leadership and team-building skills. We’ll encourage your initiative and personal responsibility in implementing projects safely and successfully.


This degree usually combines online assessment with written exams that you attend in person.

However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until the January 2023 term at the earliest. Until then, we’ll be using alternative online assessments.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where this will take you


This MSc will prepare you to find work in a range of sectors, including oil and gas, chemicals, transport and construction.

You’ll graduate with an accredited MSc in Safety and Reliability Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, one of the most respected degrees of its kind in the UK. Your qualification will be recognised by industry employers around the globe.

You’ll receive exactly the same degree qualification as you would on campus.

You’ll be qualified to take up roles including:

  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Project Technical Safety Engineer
  • Safety and Reliability Engineer
  • Technical Safety Engineer
  • Technical Safety Operator.

There’s a continuing demand for engineers with specialist knowledge in safety engineering, reliability engineering and loss prevention across industries.

Lifelong career support

Our careers support doesn’t stop when you graduate.

You have access to our free careers service while you study, and beyond.

We’re here with 1:1 appointments, CV checks, interview prep, and to connect you with job opportunities around the world.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2023/24 academic year. Fees for future academic years are provisional, but our indicative fee assumes a 5% fee rise each year.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements


A 2:1 (upper-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any branch of Engineering, Mathematics or Physics.

You can also apply if you have:

  • a 2:2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering and at least two years’ relevant oil and gas industry experience.

Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics and Mechanical subjects, such as stress analysis, strength of materials and thermodynamics.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Science

180 credits


This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in January 2023.

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January or September

This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over three years, starting in January 2023.

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