Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering MPhil/PhD

Major code: EGPR/EGMR

About us

Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering in Liverpool

Our research group is multi-cultural, and we have a complementary experience and expertise, gathered in different renowned universities and on different professional trajectories.

Michael Beer obtained his degrees in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He worked at Rice University as a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and at National University of Singapore in the Centre for Offshore Research and Engineering and the Centre for Hazards Research. Dr. Beer is now the Director of the Institute for Risk & Uncertainty in the University of Liverpool. Dr. Beer’s main research expertise is in generalised uncertainty modelling using imprecise probabilities to cope with limited and incomplete information in structural, reliability and other analyses.

Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Civil and Environmental Engineering department of Rice University, TX, USA. He also holds a five-year Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, and is a Professional/Chartered Civil Engineer in Greece. He is currently a key member of the Institute for Risk & Uncertainty in the University of Liverpool. Dr. Kougioumtzoglou’s main expertise focus on the general area of Stochastic Mechanics with applications in Engineering. Uncertainty Quantification and modelling/analysis of complex systems exhibiting nonlinear/hysteretic behaviour and/or exposed to hazard/risk inducing conditions are of particular interest.

Edoardo Patelli obtained his degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Ph.D in Radiation Science and Technology from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He worked as a research fellow and group leader for software development in uncertainty quantification at the Institute for Engineering Mechanics, University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is currently a key member of the Institute for Risk & Uncertainty at the University of Liverpool. Dr. Patelli's main expertise is in the development of efficient numerical procedures and techniques for uncertainly quantification, reliability analysis of redundant systems, model identification, robust design and on global sensitivity analysis of large and complex structures. His activities deal with issues at the interface between theoretical basic research, application oriented developments and numerical implementations. Dr. Patelli is leading the development of a generic purpose software for uncertainty quantification and risk management.

John Mottershead is the Alexander Elder Professor of Applied Mechanics at Liverpool University and Head of the Centre for Engineering Dynamics. He has a DEng degree from the University of Liverpool as well as BSc and PhD degrees. He is the author of several hundred papers in international journals and conferences, and eleven plenary keynote papers including the USA and China. Professor Mottershead is the first author of an extensive survey paper on Finite Element Model Updating and co-author of a research monograph on model updating, the only book in the field. His present research interests include (1) stochastic model updating, (2) active vibration control and (3) image processing of full-field vibration and strain data. He is Associate Editor of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing.

School of Engineering

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HELIFLIGHT-R (foreground) and HELIFLIGHT (background) simulators

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Internal view of HELIFLIGHT-R

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool has a reputation of producing top quality engineering graduates who are highly sought after by the leading employers in the industry.

The School of Engineering 's academic staff are experts in Aerospace, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

We run MSc and MRes programmes in areas such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Lasers
  • Product Design
  • Materials
  • Aerospace Simulation
  • Sustainable Civil Engineering (Maritime and Structural) Mechanical Systems Engineering.

Following a £36 million refurbishment we can offer you state of the art research laboratories. Equipment includes rapid prototyping machines, a range of lasers, two research quality flight simulators and a civil structures laboratory.

The renovation also created a unique active learning laboratory which provides open plan space for student team projects, alongside a workshop equipped with rapid prototyping machines for student use. Research students are based in open plan accommodation close to the academic staff offices

Our approach to postgraduate teaching at Liverpool emphasises two things:

  • providing students with the skills and experience they need to become effective engineers. This includes training in areas such as team working, as well as time with our industrial partners wherever possible.
  • making sure our  programmes align with the research expertise of our staff, whilst also listening to what our students want and need.


Research in the school is organised into three Centres. These are:

  • The Centre for Materials and Structures
  • The Centre for Engineering Dynamics
  • The Centre for Engineering Sustainability

Our MSc programmes are each associated with one Centre to ensure that the teaching is supported and developed within the context of leading edge research.

The School is a centre of excellence for engineering research and has a well deserved reputation for its experimental and computing facilities. You'll use many of these in the course of your postgraduate programme.