Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Newcastle University is not delivering any face-to-face CPD programmes before January 2021. If you are interested in studying any of our modules online, contact the CPD Unit for advice.

About the Course

Structural Reliability

Understanding principles of structural reliability and applying advanced aspects to realistic problems

This course provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of structural reliability and an appreciation of some advanced aspects which you will apply to a number of realistic problems, both analytically and numerically.

We combine:

  • analysis techniques
  • probabilistics
  • the application of statistical information

to present concepts associated with the reliability analysis of structures.

We'll describe:

  • material, load, and resistance properties
  • how Monte-Carlo and FORM methods of reliability analysis are developed and applied

You'll then:

  • use these methods to analyse realistic and tractable structural reliability problems
  • explore the methodology using structural mechanics principles

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course dates
  • Monday 16 - Friday 20 November 2020 (duration 5 days): dates not confirmed

Objectives and Outline

Structural Reliability

Course Objectives

The course provides you with:

  • an understanding of the concept of structural reliability
  • its definitions in the context of structural engineering
  • experience of qualification and quantification of structural reliability
    • statistical measurements of material and structure uncertainty, risk assessment and acceptability
  • computation of structural reliability using alternative methods as a function of the nature of the mathematical model associated with the problem
  • an appreciation of calibration and assessment methodologies applied to new and existing structures
  • familiarisation with software application

Course Outline

  1. Review of probability theory.
  2. Statistical properties of structural materials, members and loads.
  3. Structural reliability assessment for components and systems.
  4. Integration and simulation methods.
  5. Second-moment and transformation methods.
  6. Codes and structural reliability.
  7. Software application.
Course dates
  • Monday 16 - Friday 20 November 2020 (duration 5 days): dates not confirmed

Further Information

Structural Reliability

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8304) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.


Structural Reliability


Newcastle University


Structural Reliability


  • Structural Reliability
    • £1325 (duration 5 days)

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved.