Risk has become a key concept in modern society. Growing concern about the environment and a number of disasters have served to focus attention on the hazards and risks involved in a wide range of activities from offshore oil production to rail and air transport; from the design of football stadia to the operation of chemical plants and environmental protection.
Today there is a wide range of techniques available to assess risk and reliability, both in relation to safety and in the wider sense. These techniques now underpin new legislation on safety and have relevance over a broad spectrum of activities, including environmental and other systems, where risk and reliability are key concerns.
You can exit at the end of 2-3 years with PgDip Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering.
Applicants to the MSc programme will normally:
have a good undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2 honours or equivalent) in engineering or a relevant science discipline, or demonstrate equivalent academic ability based on industrial experience or membership of a professional institution.
Heriot-Watt Online students must first take exams in two courses of the programme, Human Factors Methods and Learning from Disasters. Based on the results for these entry courses students will continue on the programme at MSc or at PG Diploma level.
Students will additionally have access to the short course 'Introduction to Digital Study and Academic Skills', to prepare for postgraduate study.
Distance and Flexible learning
2 - 7 years
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Institute for Infrastructure and Environment