This industry focused four day course aims to introduce the basic principles and fundamental techniques of risk and reliability analysis for a wide range of industries.

Concepts and theories covered during this industry focused adaptation of our long-running MSc based course are of interest to most engineers, as industry increasingly adopts more risk-oriented approaches for optimisation of decision making. This course will directly develop your skills through practical engagement of the most widely applied methods.

At a glance

Course structure

The total length of course is four days and consists of several theoretical, practical workshops and case study sessions as well as tutorial and software training.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse the concepts and principals of risk and reliability engineering and their potential applications to different engineering problems in various industry sectors,
  • Assess and analyse appropriate approaches to the collection and interpretation of data in the application of risk and reliability engineering methods to industrial systems and structures,
  • Evaluate and select appropriate techniques and tools for qualitative and quantitative risk analysis and reliability assessment in different industries,
  • Analyse and evaluate failure distributions, failure likelihood and potential consequences, and develop solutions for control/mitigation of risks in different industries.

Core content

  • Introduction and Fundamentals of Risk Analysis and Reliability Engineering,
  • Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) Analysis, system duty cycle, breakdown/shutdown, MTTF/MTBF/MTTR, survival, failure/hazard rate,
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis: basic statistics, distributions of failure, probability of failure, consequences of failure,
  • Workshop 1: Basic statistics and failure probability distributions (e.g. Poisson, Exponential, Weibull and Normal),
  • Qualitative Risk Analysis (Check-lists, what-if analysis, risk matrix, root cause analysis, 5-why, Fish-bone diagram, Pareto analysis, FTA, ETA),
  • Workshop 2: FTA/ETA,
  • Risk Mitigation (acceptance, reduction, ignorance, transfer),
  • Failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis (FMEA/FMECA),
  • Workshop 3: FMEA/FMECA,
  • Hazard and operability study (HAZOP) analysis,
  • Workshop 4: HAZOP,
  • Systems modelling using Reliability Block Diagrams, minimal cut-sets,
  • Series and parallel systems, k-out-of-n systems, active and passive redundancies, cold and hot stand-by,
  • Workshop 5: System Reliability (examples from wind turbines, subsea manifolds, pipes, jacket structures, power distribution networks, civil infrastructures),
  • Structures’ Reliability: First Order and Second Order Moments,
  • Damage accumulation and modelling of time-dependent reliability,
  • Asset Integrity Management (AIM),
  • Introduction to Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR),
  • Introduction to Condition Monitoring (CM) and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM),
  • Workshop 6: Software training.

Who should attend

This CPD short course is suitable for mechanical, civil, industrial, chemical, process and energy engineers and professionals who want to obtain knowledge on applied aspects of risk and reliability engineering.


Dr Mahmood Shafiee - Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Risk and Reliability Engineering


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance.

10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.

Discounts can be combined.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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