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Course content

Reliability Engineering and Asset Management is a critical field of managerial and technical importance to UK and International industry. It is estimated that 10% of annual typical plant cost is spent maintaining plant. Maintenance costs are likely to influence competitiveness on a global scale and this allows Maintenance Managers to make major impacts on their companies' bottom line.

The programme is a key element in increasing industrial competitiveness and is a sophisticated discipline which embraces management techniques, organisation, planning and the application of substantial electronic, engineering and analytical knowledge to manufacturing processes, transport, power generation and the efficient operation of industrial, commercial and civic buildings. The aim of the programme is to give companies the technical and managerial expertise to thrive in the global marketplace.

On completion of the course students will be able to obtain one of the following degrees: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).

Course Content

The programme consists of course units which include various aspects of applied management and technology in the field of REAM. It is designed such that after enrolment participants already working in industry will benefit from the structure and content of the course in order to enhance their capability in Reliability Engineering and Asset Management. Our teaching staff are internationally recognised professionals with years of experience working in industry and academic institutions.

The course is offered as indicated below:


MSc - Full time 1 year; Part time in attendance 3 years*; Distance Learning 3 years**

PG(Diploma) - Full time 1 year; Part time in attendance 2 years*; Distance Learning 2 years**

PG(Certificate) - Part time in attendance1 year*; Distance Learning 1 year**

*4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year; **Attendance = 1 day residential course per module; 2 modules per term - attendance not compulsory but recommended


MSc - Full time 1 year; Distance Learning 3 years**

PG(Diploma) - Distance Learning 2 years**

PG(Certificate) - Distance Learning 1 year**

** Attendance = 1 day residential course per module; 2 modules per term - attendance not compulsory but recommended


The course is fully accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and approved by The Society of Operations Engineers.

Student Experience

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Special features

Reliability Engineering & Asset Management offers a flexible approach to learning as follows:

Full-time in attendanceDirect Taught )

Students undertake eight units. Each taught unit lasts one week and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations. Students start work immediately on their project and the programme is completed in one year.

Part time in attendanceDirect Taught )

Students undertake eight units. Each taught unit lasts one week and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations. Students start work on their project in the final year and this option is completed in three years.

Part time by Distance Learning

Students undertake eight units, all in distance learning format, each of about three months duration. Teaching will begin with a short introduction allowing students to acclimatise to the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard 9. The programme is complete after three years. Students undertake their project in the final year. 

Teaching and learning

The coherent atmosphere in the classroom is to maintain high standards and quality and as such places are limited. Our teaching methods are similar to knowledge transfer concepts as well as case studies without involving much mathematical theories.

Teaching style

Direct Taught - Full and Part time

Each course unit runs for an intensive week-long period and tuition takes place at the University.

Distance Learning

For part-time Distance Learning students, the entire course is delivered via Blackboard, an online virtual learning environment. Two course units per semester are undertaken on-line accessing web-based teaching material which will include text, images, video and animation in parallel, over a three month period. Most importantly web-based teaching generates an interactive environment with real, active communication between students and staff and between groups of students throughout the programme. Distance Learning students will need to visit the University for a 2-day residential per semester for face-to-face discussion with their Unit leader .

Coursework and assessment

Each taught unit of the programme is followed by an assignment which is applied in the work place for part-time students or at the university for full-time students plus an examination either at the University or at higher education institute or British Council in the student's home country.

Assessment is by written examination and assignment. The assignment, which follows the taught element of the unit, accounts for 50% of the total marks, the examination 35% and an in-unit assignment the remaining 15%.

Examination period

Semester 1 - 2nd and 3rd week of January

Semester 2 - 2nd and 3rd week of May

Dissertation Project

The dissertation project is intended to address a real issue in Reliability Engineering and Asset Management and is studied in depth, relating problems in the field to theory, case studies and solution reported in the literature, and often creating innovative proposals and field trials. All students have access to laboratory resources where appropriate.

Course unit details

REAM is a modular programme which consists of eight units, some of which include field and lab work followed by a major project. The earlier units address the management of the maintenance process, including such topics as asset management and maintenance strategy; asset maintenance systems and condition monitoring. Later more specialised units deal with auditing, advanced vibration monitoring, reliability and risk. Units on the full time programme are direct taught, however, part time students can choose either direct taught or web-based distance learning.

All delivery modes cover the same syllabus and lead to the same qualification. View examples of programme structures of individual degree programmes; Full-time , Part-time and Distance Learning . Please see examples of past dissertation projects .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Visit the Reliability Engineering and Asset Management (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!





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