Risk and Uncertainty MSc (Eng)

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in first degree that has a strong mathematical component. Graduates from Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Finance, Economics, Engineering will be better equipped.
Risk and Uncertainty msc eng


Scholarship opportunity from ScottishPower Foundation

Apply now for this scholarship, which meets full enrolment costs and provides a generous monthly living allowance of £1,200.

The MSc aims to provide you with the theoretical and practical tools, along with professional and research skills, necessary to understand, model and tackle the major problems that arise from the complexity of systems which demand decision-making under Risk and Uncertainty.

The association of this programme to the Liverpool Institute for Risk and Uncertainty gives you the opportunity to learn from and interact with a truly multidisciplinary team of academics. Additionally, due to the strong links with industrial partners, you will be exposed to the knowledge of professionals who deal with risks and uncertainty from an industrial perspective. You will not only be taught through the traditional interaction with lecturers, but also:

  • Master classes from academics and industry experts
  • An Easter school with academic and industrial experts
  • Group work tasks
  • Individual project activities

The programme provides a unique opportunity in the UK for training professionals and graduates who are able to communicate across the boundaries of the traditional disciplines; eg architecture, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, finance, law, management, mathematics, psychology and social sciences. Those trained in this way will be able not only to enumerate the risks associated with a particular activity or process, but also to express clearly the meaning of the risk to the general public and decision-makers. As such, they will be able to cross the traditional divide between mathematical intricacy and explanation in common language.

Graduates from this MSc will gain high-level competencies for employment with organisations, such as industrial companies, environmental science bodies, consultancies and financial institutions, which are currently developing, or already have in existence, in-house units focusing on Risk and Uncertainty.

The required modules are divided according to the following three aspects of educational content:

  • A comprehensive appraisal of risk and uncertainty from the point of view of different disciplines
  • The underlying theoretical and computational tools
  • Research skills necessary to complete the final project.

Why School of Engineering?

Outstanding Facilities

The School of Engineering has a well-deserved and highly respected reputation for its excellent experimental and computational facilities. Our £32 million redevelopment includes the stateof- the-art ‘Active Learning Labs’, a cutting-edge teaching facility, one of the largest and best equipped in Europe.

We have two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique in the academic world), mechanical robotics, wind turbines, water flumes, additive layer manufacturing and many more facilities.

Career Prospects

Our Postgraduate courses are designed to ensure students develop their expertise, communication and team working skills as well as skills in fields of research whilst increasing their employability and professional accreditation.

We provide pathways into rewarding careers and our award-winning University of Liverpool Careers & Employability Service provides a range of services to maximise your career prospects and opportunities after you graduate.

There are many opportunities to work with our industry partners and develop your knowledge, skills and experience. Some of our partners include:

  • Augusta Westland
  • Airbus
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • BAE Systems
  • QinetiQ
  • Unilever
  • P&G
  • Jaguar
  • Ford
  • ARUP
  • National Nuclear Laboratory.

World Leading Research

The University of Liverpool’s School of Engineering has the second highest proportion of world-leading research in Metallurgy and Materials in the UK and is also involved with internationally recognised, ground breaking research, including the following:

  • The Centre for Biomedical Engineering – The Centre for Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines. We have state-of-the-art biomedical facilities including new tissue engineering and biomaterials laboratories
  • Additive Manufacturing and Medical Engineering – we are the international leader in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) working on both AM equipment development and the production processes for the manufacture of implants. We work with the international leaders in orthopaedic implant manufacturing and world-renowned Metrology/ AM equipment manufacturers to develop our ideas from laboratory to fabrication
  • Flight Science and Technology (FS&T) is one of our five star research groups within the School of Engineering and has received over £10 million in funding for ground breaking rotor craft and wing simulations research to date
  • The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation – this is the only centre of its kind in Europe, bringing together the expertise, resources and global contacts from the University of Liverpool, University partners and international industry to develop new products, processes and services to deliver positive environmental impacts globally. 

Centres of Doctoral Training

The University of Liverpool has been awarded significant funding as part of a government investment in postgraduate training. As one of only 24 UK Universities to be involved in setting up prestigious Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT), the University of Liverpool is collaborating in the following CDTs:

  • Global Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments
  • Next Generation Nuclear
  • Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
  • New and Sustainable Photovoltaics
  • Fusion Energy
  • Understanding the Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean.

These CDTs offer great opportunities for funding PHD study.

Engineering Research Centres

Our postgraduate programmes and worldclass research groups are clustered into interdisciplinary Research Centres which cut across traditional departmental boundaries. The result is a dynamic and stimulating academic environment where you’ll be challenged by new ideas, concepts and approaches to engineering challenges.

The Centre for Materials and Structures incorporates research that is ranked second highest in the UK for world-leading research in Metallurgy and Materials. Core areas of expertise include Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing with lasers, Functional Materials, Bioengineering, Structural Materials and Mechanics.

The Centre for Engineering Dynamics specialises in world-class research on the dynamics of flight, fluids and structures, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Aeroelasticity, Vibration, Flight Simulation, Automative Engine Design, and Complex Systems Dynamics.

The Centre for Engineering Sustainability is excelling through our long-standing expertise in Marine Renewable Energy, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Alternative Technology, and growing areas in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering.

Integrated throughout all of our research centres and working closely with various University departments is our Institute for Risk and Uncertainty. The institute leads our internationally-recognised and acclaimed research and teaching in Engineering Risk Analysis, Stochastic Modelling and Robust Design, the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), the Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre, the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and the new Nano Investigation Centre (NiCaL), in addition to close working relationships with many international industrial partners.

Research Opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities are continually changing and developing. They may be supported by funding linked to a specific research programme, however we welcome enquiries from applicants with their own research ideas and will work with you to secure funding for your PhD studies.