Advanced Training Diploma in Risk Assessment, Safety and Reliability

The growing expansion of international legislation, with even stricter safety requirements in industrial activities and services, forces the companies to dedicate increasing resources to these issues.
Additionally, considerations of reliability, availability and manutability are increasingly important for productivity levels, and influence the availability and the safety of their installations and infrastructures.
Risk analysis is becoming increasingly important not only for decisions concerned with public policies on industrial developments and environmental protection, but even for more specific aspects such as maintenance based on risk, which has been increasingly applied in the industrial environment.
These developments explain the increasing interest in these subjects in various industry and services sectors, and the existing relationship between matters of risk analysis and risk management with the problem of safety as well as with reliability and maintainability of industrial plants.

Type of Education
With the implementation of the Bologna Process at IST, the teaching level corresponding to the old MSc courses will be henceforth guaranteed at IST through 3rd cycle courses which lead to Advanced Training Diplomas in a specialization field.
The Advanced Level Diplomas are designed essentially for holders of a pre-Bologna graduate degree course or a post-Bologna Masters course and verifying an advanced level of technical and/or technological knowledge in one domain of specialization, assuring a professional qualification of high level.

The course leading to the Advanced Training Diploma on Assessment of Risks, Safety and Reliability offers an advanced level of education, which is not traditionally given in universities degrees.
The main objective of this course is to provide an advanced level of education in several aspects related to risk analysis, safety and reliability, emphasizing the strong interdependency between them.

The courses consist of three profiles, namely, on Risks, on Safety and on Reliability and Maintaince.
The Profile on Risks is designed to meet the interests of those who are involved in the different industrial and services sectors who more than ever need to consider the risks explicitly involved in decision-making. Sectors such as civil protection, production and distribution of energy and water, infrastructures, and hospitals are especially relevant.
The Profile on Safety is designed for those who are in safety and security in whatever industry, service or transportation sectors, and also those involved with the design and operation of plants, to ensure and improve the performance of processes and products. It is also of great interest to insurance companies that normally underwrite the risks related to safety of industrial plants and infrastructures.
The Profile on Reliability and Maintenance is for professionals with a vocation for the maintenance sector of any type of industry or sector of transportation, as well as engineering and design groups, given that to increase competitivity it is necessary to reduce maintenance interventions and to ensure the availability and reliability of systems through measures adopted at the designing stage and whilst operating equipment.

The Advanced Training Level Diploma on Assessment of Risks, Safety and Reliability consists of a set of curricular units that provide a solid theoretical foundation, with a large practical component based on the use of computational tools and case studies.
The curricular structure of the course is constituted by a common profile and three profiles or domains of specialization that complement the foundation subjects, and which emphasize one of the three fields of Risks, Safety and Reliability and Maintenance.
The course of advanced studies has a total of 45 credit units (ECTS), of which 22.5 derive from the common profile and 22.5 from the specialised studies of one of the profiles.
Students have the possibility of choosing a plan of studies that combines curricular units of different domains of specialization or profiles, totalising the 22.5 ECTS needed to complement the units of credit of the common profile. In this case, the students will obtain an Advanced Training Level Diploma on Assessment of Risks, Safety and Reliability without mention of any specialization domain.

Distribution of Curricular Units
Foundation Studies (1st Semester)
Curricular Units Hours ECTS
Common Profile Introdution to Risk Management 1.5 3.0
Uncertainty Modelling 2.5 4.5
Risk Assessment 3 6.0
Systems Reliability 2.5 4.5
Decision Analysis 1.5 3.0
Seminars I 1 1.5

Fields of Specialization (2nd Semester)
  Curricular Units Hours ECTS
Risks Profile Tsunami and Seismic Risks 1.5 3.0
Hydrological Risks 1.5 3.0
Risks in Geotechnical & Hydraulic Systems 2.5 4.5
Risk Analysis in Energy Systems 2.5 4.5
Environmental Risks 1.5 3.0
Public Risks 1.5 3.0
Seminars II 1 1.5
Safety Profile  Safety against fires and explosions 2.5 4.5
Safety of industrial plants 1.5 3.0
Structural Safety 1.5 3.0
Safety in transportation 3 6.0
Human Factors and Safety Culture 2.5 4.5
Seminars II 1 1.5
Reliability and Maintenance Profile Survival Analysis 1.5 3.0
Reliability of Electric and Electronic Systems 2.5 4.5
Systems Maintainability and Availability 1.5 3.0
Risk Based Maintenance 3 6.0
Maintenance Management 2.5 4.5
Seminars II 1 1.5

The course follows the same schedule as the main academic year schedule of IST. The common profile module is lectured in the first semester, while the specialization profiles are concentrated in the second semester.
The course has an evening schedule, with classes taking place between 18h00 and 21h00. There is some flexibility to accommodate specific requests in an effort to make the timetable compatible with participants’ schedules.

Entry prerequisites
It is necessary for candidates to meet one the following conditions:
• Hold an MSc Degree or legal equivalent
• Hold a BSc Degree
• Hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that has been recognized by the IST’s Scientific Council attesting the capacity to attend the course.

Applications should be submitted to the “Núcleo de Pós-Graduação e Formação Contínua” (Post-Graduation and Continued Training Office) of IST.

Tuition Fees
The course tuition fee is € 2.500. Alternatively, should you want to enrol in individual curricular units, there is a fee of EUR 85,00 for each credit unit ECTS.

Prof. Carlos Guedes Soares
Prof. Ângelo Teixeira
Instituto Superior Técnico
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa
Tel. 218 417 957, Fax. 218 474 015