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Expansion plans continue as NSIRC adds two new MSc courses

Expansion plans continue as NSIRC adds two new MSc courses


September and October 2017 mark the start of two new MSc courses, as NSIRC continues its expansion plans. The courses in question, Engineering Leadership and Management and Oil and Gas Engineering, have proved popular choices with prospective students throughout the summer, with applications arriving in a steady stream.

“It has been very pleasing to see these courses already prove to be popular,” says Ameni Lounissi, part of the Innovation Centre’s Operations team at NSIRC and TWI Ltd, “We are working with amazing students, and the opportunity to welcome more to the NSIRC family is always an exciting one.”

The new courses are both run at NSIRC in partnership with highly respected academic institutions. For the Engineering Leadership and Management MSc, the academic partner is Aston University, and for Oil and Gas, the partnership is with Brunel University London.

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MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering (In partnership with Brunel University London)

With a high demand for qualified oil and gas engineers, graduates will enter into a global job market with many exciting opportunities - a trend set to continue for many years.

Today, with industry seeking the rapid drilling and commissioning of new wells to meet energy demands, along with significant investment in heavy oils, shale oil and gas, skilled engineers who can rapidly design and commission oilfield installations are becoming the backbone for growth in this industry. It is precisely this type of engineer that NSIRC and Brunel’s programme will develop.

A distinguishing feature of the course is its ambition to instill systems thinking by treating structures and their operating environment holistically as a system. This helps graduates develop the skills to address a wide range of complex engineering problems rapidly.

Starting in September 2017, the programme duration will be 12 months for full-time study. The taught part of the programme will take place during the autumn and spring terms over 24 weeks. Students will be encouraged to start planning their dissertation at the beginning of the programme. During the summer term, students will be expected to focus their effort on their dissertation project, researching the dissertation topic full-time.

- Visit the MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering page -


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MSc in Engineering Leadership and Management (In partnership with Aston University)

This programme aims to help emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, experiences and training, to acquire those management and leadership skills required to meet their own and their company goals. To this end, the programme will be in part demand led, by working with a number of first adopter/trailblazer firms on their specific content needs, in the form of optional modules or modules they may wish to deliver themselves.

Core modules of the course include strategic management and finance, project management, research methods and, finally, developing leadership and management capability through enquiry.

Set to begin in October 2017, each module will be taught over 3 weekends, a total of twelve study weekends per year (Saturday and Sunday).

 - Visit the MSc in Engineering Leadership and Management page -


Strengthening the links between academia and industry is central to the way NSIRC courses are selected and coordinated. An example of which is that every NSIRC student not only has an academic supervisor but also an industry supervisor, many of whom work for companies such as Boeing and BP.

“You cannot have the one without the other,” explains NSIRC Operations Manager, Heather Claxton, “We exist for the benefit of industry-led research on a global scale, and each project is focused on bridging the gap between the industry need and relevant research that we are providing.”

Both of these MSc courses offer a bright future to graduates, giving them the skills and experience needed in order to be successful in these ever-changing industry environments.

For more information on our degree programmes, speak to us via our ‘Contact Us’ page, or email enquires@nsirc.co.uk.



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