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.
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.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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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:
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).
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:
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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.
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