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

You can also study MSc Safety and Reliability Engineering full-time on campus.

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.

You’ll 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.

Join a degree that delivers the specialist safety training many undergraduate engineering degrees lack. Study online, part-time with a team of engineers, industry professionals and practising safety and reliability specialists.

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 will I 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 will I study?

MSc Safety and Reliability Engineering is delivered part-time online.

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 in 2020. For your September 2020 term, you’ll be assessed entirely online.

From January 2021 onwards, we are planning to reintroduce in-person exams, meaning you’ll be assessed as usual, via a mixture of online assessment and in-person exams at the end of each term. We’ll keep all students updated as to assessment methods well in advance of any changes to this.

Your support team

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

Where will this take me?


Your MSc qualification from the University of Aberdeen will be recognised by industry and educational institutions around the world.

You’ll graduate ready to take on 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.

You could seek work within a range of sectors, including oil and gas, chemicals, transport and construction.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next three academic years (2020/21, 2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fees above include these 5% fee rises.

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

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit project to gain your MSc.

Our online degrees are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you.


Typically, it takes 27 months to complete the MSc part-time. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Master of Science

180 Credits

Indicative cost


This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

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January or September

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal