MSc in Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management


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Program Description


There is a growing need for maintenance engineers and asset managers who can plan the care of long life, high-value assets for availability and performance. This course will develop the skills required to plan, implement and critically assess strategic maintenance plans through a unique blend of taught content and hands-on implementation exercises. The ability to drive cost-effect maintenance strategies across a range of industry sectors open careers opportunities for our graduates globally.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for graduates with engineering, maths, sciences or related degrees keen to pursue careers in industrial maintenance, planning, control and management. It is also highly relevant to graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications and knowledge in this field alongside individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant industry experience.

Why this course?

This course is specifically aimed at developing your learning in the latest technologies and management strategies of maintenance and assets, with the direct application to the workplace.

The main aim of the course is to deliver fundamental knowledge and a comprehensive set of skills to produce experts capable of transforming an organisation’s maintenance culture and strategy.

It addresses the significant need for leaders in asset management and maintenance who can plan the care of long life, high-value assets for availability and performance.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Assess the regular and sudden failures in machines and structures and determine their root cause
  • Evaluate the suitability of inspection techniques in the context of real operation failures
  • Elaborate on the potential risks in considered maintenance routines and recommend mitigation activities
  • Assess the impact of technical and financial management on asset availability
  • Solve the technical complexities in implementing new technologies to devise effective maintenance planning
  • Evaluate the legal implications of a suggested maintenance routine and critically analyse its impact on health, safety and environment
  • Build hand's on expertise to use the tools and the techniques in implementing asset inspection and planning
  • Prove the confidence in proposing customised maintenance routines in comparison with the OEM's suggested routines
  • Develop strategy based maintenance framework suitable to any given industrial scenario.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. In particular, the guidance provided by the TES Council (including organisations such as Rolls-Royce, MoD, BAE Systems, Babcock International and Leonardo) has been instrumental in making the course cutting edge.

Students who have excelled in their performances are recognised through course awards which are presented on Graduation Day by high profile organisations and individuals and are often sponsored by our industrial partners.


We will seek accreditation from the Institute of Asset Management (IAM), British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Course details

The course will include eight taught compulsory modules, which are generally delivered from October to March. Planned module titles include:

  • Fundamentals of Maintenance
  • System Availability and Maintainability
  • Failure of Materials and Structures
  • Condition Based Maintenance
  • Maintenance Planning and Control
  • Asset Management
  • Diagnostics and Prognostics
  • Probability and Statistics in Risk and Reliability Engineering

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

The modules include lectures, tutorials and lab-based activities. These activities are designed to give you hands-on knowledge and theory so as not to rely on technicians for machinery technical issues and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers where teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. As a result of external engagement, Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Individual project

Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge and overcome genuine problems.


Taught modules 40%, Group project (or dissertation) 20%, Individual project 40%


Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2018–2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Fees and funding

Home-EU fees

  • MSc Full-time: £11,250
  • MSc Part-time: £11,250 *

Overseas fees

  • MSc Full-time: £23,000
  • MSc Part-time: £23,000 *

* Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A non-refundable deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. Home/EU Students will pay a £500 deposit. Overseas Students will pay a £1,000 deposit.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including the UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding opportunities

To help students find and secure appropriate funding, we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs.

Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England

  • A Postgraduate Loan is now available for UK and EU applicants to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Santander MSc Scholarship

  • The Santander Scholarship at Cranfield University is worth £5,000 towards tuition fees for full-time master's courses. Check the scholarship page to find out if you are from an eligible Santander Universities programme country.

Chevening Scholarships

  • Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master’s degree at Cranfield University. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel and a monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)

  • The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries

  • Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship which includes tuition fees, travel and a monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Future Finance Student Loans

  • Future Finance offers student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

Your career

This qualification takes you on to a wide range of careers involving maintenance engineering and asset management, with responsibilities in industries including

  • Oil and Gas,
  • Aerospace,
  • Defence,
  • Power generation and distribution,
  • Nuclear,
  • Automotive,
  • Chemical and Process,
  • Manufacturing Textile,
  • Civil Infrastructure,
  • Logistics
  • Health.

The unique feature of this course is its applied and practical nature, aimed at the availability of strategic assets. This course will qualify you to transform the current industry culture of OEM’s based maintenance routines to strategy based maintenance.

Entry Requirements

Candidates are expected to have at least two years relevant experience in the industry together with a first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant engineering or technology-based discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Alternative qualifications together with additional industrial experience have also been considered.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS Academic – 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL – 92
  • Pearson PTE Academic – 65
  • Cambridge English Scale – 180
  • Cambridge English: Advanced – C
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency – C

In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

How to apply

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

Last updated Aug 2019

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