Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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Can we accept that a small flaw can cause a car's brakes to fail? Can we deter those dangers to both people and the environment that are inherent in the complex products and systems surrounding us? These are the question that the Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) programme, offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), seeks answer to.

About

The Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) programme is offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The objective of this Master´s programme is to provide knowledge and skills to enable students in the development and operation of safe, reliable and easily maintainable systems. You will learn how products and systems can be used safely, and how technical faults can be avoided. Furthermore, you will learn how to plan and cost-effectively perform maintenance. 

This programme is unique in Scandinavia and builds on long experience from industry projects, teaching and research. The study is suited for people who like to identify and solve problems, have analytical skills, can work structured and systematically, and enjoy both theoretical and practical problems.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF together constitute the largest academic environment in Europe within safety, reliability and maintenance.

Product and system complexity is increasing. Many technical products and systems are combinations of software, electronics and mechanical components. Also, the interactions between technical systems and the economical / social systems of our global society are becoming tighter and more inter-dependent.

Career:

Candidates within RAMS field are attractive to the market and have had no problems finding good jobs. The type of work varies quite a bit, as the competence is of great use to all kinds of industry that rely on reliability, availability, maintainability and safety.

Because project assignments and the master's thesis are regularly connected to practical problems within business and industry, students acquire a network that often results in job offers.

Many who complete the programme begin work in leading companies such as: Elkem, Hydro and Norske Skog, in addition to oil companies and suppliers to the oil industry. Others obtain positions in consultancies such as Det Norske Veritas, Safetec or Scandpower; and at NSB and Jernbaneverket you will find many RAMS graduates.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Optimisation;
  • Safe operation and maintenance;
  • Traffic safety and risk evaluation;
  • Dependability and performance design; 
  • Assessment of Critical Systems
  • Applied Statistics
  • Methods and Tools in Safety Practice
  • Engineering and Management
  • Risk Analysis
  • Elements of Model Engineering
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 24 months
      • Credits
        120 ECTS
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus
      Check if you match the admission requirements

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:

        6.5

        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

        Take IELTS test
      • Minimum required score:

        600

        The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

      • Minimum required score:

        90

        The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

      Academic Requirements

      In order to qualify for admission to one of NTNU’s 2-year Master of Science programmes in Technology, all applicants must have a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in mathematics and statistics in their Bachelor’s/undergraduate degree, equivalent to the NTNU courses Calculus I, II, III and Statistics.

      Upon completing the master program, you receive the title "Master of Science in Engineering - Program in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS)".

      To qualify for admission to the MSc in RAMS, applicants must have completed either:

      • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent, or
      • A 5-year integrated MSc in Engineering

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        Free
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        Free
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

      Living costs for Trondheim

      7,401 - 8,250 NOK/month
      Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

      Funding

      Financing and financial deposit

      There are no tuition fees at NTNU. There are a very limited number of scholarships available for specific student groups (E.g. Quota Scheme or Erasmus Mundus scholarship).
      All international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be able to document that they have enough funding to live in Norway while attending university.

      StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.