The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. NSIRC unites academia and industry, working closely with leading UK and international universities, as well as founder sponsors BP and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. The collaborating partners provide academic excellence to address the need for fundamental research, as well as high-quality, industry-relevant training for the next generation of engineers.

Providing a direct path from academia to industry is one of the key attributes that NSIRC seeks to provide. Through the structure of the postgraduate courses on offer, the organisation is able to create an environment that provides important academic learning, as well as crucial training for industry, with students working on live projects and within their chosen fields. The impact of this means that when a student finishes their academic course and moves into a business, the training needed to adapt the student to a working, industry environment is already complete, allowing them to be effective within their new position from day one.

NSIRC advances fundamental research to support the following objectives:

  • Safe operation of products and structures
  • Development of innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules
  • Engineering solutions for long-term asset management

To achieve these objectives, NSIRC is pursuing advancements in areas including: risk-based management, engineering critical assessment, non-destructive testing, structural health and condition monitoring, and health management for use in industrial applications.

Studying with NSIRC

NSIRC is based on Granta Park in Great Abington, Cambridge. Students are based in Cambridge for the majority of the programme. A number of fully-funded PhD scholarships are available for UK and EU students, and partial scholarships for International students with a strong interest in fundamental and applied research.



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