The MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT) is gaining a lot of interest, with our first applicant already signed up…

 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 dates: January, May and October 
  • Mode of delivery: work-based blended learning 
  • Entry requirements: Incorporated/Chartered Engineer (NDT)

Who is this new MSc aimed at?
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 postgraduate qualifications (PGCert, PGDip, MSc and MRes). This unique approach enables learners to enhance their effectiveness in their current role while simultaneously working towards a qualification.

Why is it linked to Incorporated Engineer registration?
Some years ago, the Engineering Council recognised that the equivalent level of academic competence could be gained by experience, authority, management and professional standing within the industry. This process is called the ‘Experiential Route’; it can be applied to all levels of engineering registration and usually involves a self-assessment competency-matching exercise. Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration will comprise the foundation of the first year of the MSc Advanced Industrial Practice.
When can I sign up and start the MSc?
You can apply at any time by contacting the University of Northampton at the address listed at the end of this article or online ( If you have any further queries, please contact me or Nigel Freestone at the email addresses given at the end.

What happens if I am already an Incorporated Engineer or a Chartered Engineer?
Do not worry, you will not be left out. We are already developing the process whereby we can recognise your existing achievements without duplication.
The three modules included in the MSc Advanced Industrial Practice are ‘Recognising Industrial Practice’, ‘Negotiated Work-Based Learning’ and ‘Industrial Practice Research Project’.

Recognising Industrial Practice
An innovative application of accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) in work-based learning contexts, the Recognising Industrial Practice module provides a useful, critical and reflective mechanism that can be used by individuals and organisations as part of a customised and flexible programme of study. Learners will be required to produce a critical reflective statement based on their industrial experience to date, addressing the competencies acquired to achieve BINDT membership status. Both the university and BINDT will support learners in a variety of ways, including through workshops/tutorials and by providing specific guidance on a range of topics, such as research skills, critical thinking and reflective writing.

Negotiated Work-Based Learning
Successful completion of the Recognising Industrial Practice module will provide learners with a more forward-looking perspective to allow them to both identify and negotiate new projects/work-related activities. The negotiated learning will be defined in the context of a learning contract, negotiated between the learner, the university and, where appropriate, the employer.

Industrial Practice Research Project
Learners will be provided with the tools needed to enable them to conduct their research projects to the highest possible standards and to develop as successful, independent researchers.

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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