MSc & MRes Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation

Non Destructive Testing

The technology and applications of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) are wide-ranging and constantly evolving. Major fields of application include the aerospace industry, oil, gas and energy generation, chemical industries, space technology, rail transport, shipping and manufacturing.

Other applications are constantly emerging and there are strong links with medical technology. New NDT techniques need to be developed to meet the changing needs of nano-technologies.

Key Facts

Institution Code: S96
Course Length:
Full-time: 1 year

Scholarships and Bursaries

Contact Name:
Professor Peter Christopher Charlton
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Careers in NDT often offer opportunities to travel and to work in new, high technology industries. The series of taught modules that form part one of the course will develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of non-destructive testing technologies. The University has access to a range of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies including: Infrared Thermography; Ultrasonics; Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer; a ballistics testing cell and, DeltaVision computer software for the measurement of photoelasticity. Practical tasks undertaken with these facilities will enable you to develop your skills in applying a variety of testing and measurement techniques and critically examining the results.

Upon the successful completion of 120 credits in part one, you will be required to undertake an independent research project worth 60 credits. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to you to help guide you through the independent research phase.

Collaboration and Knowledge Transfer

Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and evaluation is a key area of research for UWTSD Swansea, where we are the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre in Port Talbot (just outside Swansea), operated by TWI, a global leader in technology engineering and one of the UK's largest research organisations, with an international reputation. This partnership offers excellent opportunities to our students, providing industrial links relevant to the Part 2 project.  Furthermore, funding from the Welsh Government and from the EPSRC has facilitated the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment. Other links with industry include: Knauf Insulation; Silverwing UK Ltd; Oceaneering Inspection Services; Team Precision Pipeline Assembllies; Cyden; and, Rikoset.

UWTSD Swansea is the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre, just outside Swansea, and through this partnership has strong links with TWI, one of the UK's largest research organisations, with an international reputation. The Institute has received significant funding for equipment and has an active research group in NDT,

Programme Structure

The programme is structured in two parts.

Part I (120 Credits) comprises the following taught modules:

  • Research Methods
  • NDT Systems, Standards and Applications
  • Materials
  • Ultrasonic Methods
  • Radiographic Methods
  • Electromagnetic Methods
  • Thermal and Optical Methods

Part II (60 Credits)

  • Major Project

"The NDT industry involves every branch of engineering and impinges on our daily lives in more ways than you can think of. The industry is full of different kinds of people and that’s part
of its uniqueness." - Dr Peter Charlton, Senior Research Fellow, Non-Destructive Testing. 

Read the full interview with Dr Charlton here

A good honours degree in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. Candidates with other combinations of relevant qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

There are no additional costs for this course

Students have progressed onto the MSc Non-Destructive Testing programme from the following UWTSD courses:

Contact Details

Dr Peter Charlton

Faculty of Architetecture, Computing and Engineering
Mount Pleasant,
Swansea SA1 6ED

Phone: 01792 481000
Extn: 4412