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

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) | Trondheim , Norway
The objective of this Masters 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.
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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 we surround ourselves with?

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. The language of instruction is English.

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.

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline December 1 (International apllicants); April 15 (Nordic applicants)
Tuition fee
  • Free (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme structure / courses

Duration: The program is a two-year program (four semesters).

The RAMS Master Program provides a broad coverage of RAMS, but also, through the project work and the master thesis, allows you to

  • specialize in an area of interest within RAMS, and
  • choose whether you want to specialize in RAMS challenges within a specific industry branch.


  • The master program is of 120 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
  • All course moduls are of 7.5 ECTS credits. In the first two semesters you have to take 4 course modules corresponding to 30 credits each semester.
  • In the 3rd semester you have to take 2 course modules, and an individual project corresponding to 15 credits.
  • In the last semester you have to write a master thesis during 20 weeks. The master thesis may be written in a company - in Norway or in another country.
About project work / masters thesis:

In the project and masters thesis you may specialize within practical problems often in cooperation with industrial enterprises. Examples of problems are:

  • How to design and operate a reliable subsea production system for oil and gas?
  • How can we verify that an automatic train stop system is safe enough?
  • How can we avoid blowouts on the Norwegian shelf?
  • How do we make the maintenance of a business as cost-effective as possible?

English Language Requirements

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This programme is open to students who have either:

  • completed three years of an engineering program
  • completed one of the basic study programs at NTNU
  • completed an engineering college ("ingeniørhøgskole") in Norway
  • Have a similar education from outside Norway [equivalent to a bachelor degree, or 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS )]

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


The English language requirement at NTNU may be met in any of the following ways:

  • A passing grade from a Norwegian upper secondary school (videregående skole)
  • Through a standardized test:

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 500/170 points on the paper based/computer based test. For admission to the M.Phil. programmes the minimum scores are TOEFL is 550/230 paper based /computer based or IELTS with 6.0 or better.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) with a minimum score of 5.0 points

    APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language) examination with a minimum score of 3 points

  • University of Cambridge tests: - First Certificate in English - Certificate in Advanced English - Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with a minimum score of 85 points
  • One year of study at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The language of instruction must be English.
  • A university degree with a major in English
  • If special situations warrant it, applicants may document their English expertise in other ways.

Students belonging to either of the three categories below need to apply via the online application form before February 1, 2009:

  • EU/EEA/EFTA-citizens with a non-Norwegian degree.
  • Applicants who are not EU/EEA/EFTA-citizens.
  • Norwegian applicants who have obtained a first degree from a university outside Norway.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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