How are we doing so far?

Have you ever thought about what £4000 could buy? £4000: the cost per minute for Whitehall blunders on failed projects and botched contracts[1]; what it could cost a London driver per year when the new 2019 Ultra Low Emission Zone is introduced to replace the current congestion charge[2]; the average cost of recruiting an employee[3]; in one case, the cost of a funeral for a dog, including a horse-drawn hearse, limousine and the release of doves[4]; the cost of 1.5 bitcoins[5]; or, if you want to get real value for money, you could have:

MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT)
MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (Non-Destructive Testing, Condition Monitoring and Structural Health Monitoring)
  • Duration of programme: two to five years
  • Start date: January, May and October
  • Mode of delivery: work-based blended learning
  • Entry requirements: Incorporated/Chartered Engineer (NDT)

The MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT) is aimed specifically at those working in positions of responsibility in NDT who want to develop their expertise within their current profession. The flexible and innovative framework provides learners not only with the opportunity to gain recognition for professional experience and practice, but also to negotiate learning within the workplace to achieve a postgraduate qualification (PGCert, PGDip, MSc and MRes). This unique approach enables learners to enhance their effectiveness within their current role, while simultaneously working towards a qualification. The three modules included are: ‘Recognising Industrial Practice’; ‘Negotiated Work-Based Learning’; and ‘Industrial Practice Research Project’.

The cost of the MSc is £4000 and it can be completed in two and a half to three years.

The Education and Professional Development Committee is proud of its achievements since 2014, when it first became involved in the Trailblazer Apprenticeship developments. Building on the existing educational opportunities listed below, the Committee has almost completed the vision that is shown in the following schematic:

Hot off the press
The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has given the go-ahead for the development of an apprenticeship scheme for condition monitoring. If you are interested in either the MSc or the CM apprenticeship, please get in touch.

Roger Lyon CEng HonFInstNDT, BINDT, Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX.
Tel: +44 (0)7780 498060; Email:

Nigel P Freestone BSc MPhil PhD FHEA, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, The University of Northampton.
Tel: +44 (0)1604 893358; Email:


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