MSc(Eng) Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Civil engineers help to create and protect the world we live in. Driven by teaching and research excellence, we inspire and empower our students to engineer a better future.

All our masters courses are taught by leading researchers and industry experts. We supply the world's biggest engineering companies with highly skilled graduates.

We advise government on major issues such as water pollution. Industry commissions us to carry out rigorous research, product development and safety testing.

We believe civil engineers should leave a positive legacy for future generations. Our ethos of sustainability and responsibility drives us to be the best.

About the course

When you're learning how to deal with structural dynamics problems in earthquake engineering, civil vibration engineering and blast and impact, you need to know you're learning from the best.

Our teaching is based on the expertise of the Vibration Engineering Research Section, known internationally for its applied approach to civil engineering dynamics.

The timetable is an intensive blend of lectures, lab work, site visits and design projects. We also run a series of guest lectures by industry experts.

Over the summer, you'll work on your own research dissertation. This might include lab work, field studies, modelling or all three. Some students work with an industry partner. Others link their dissertation to a research project in the department.

All our structures-based courses are accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Institute of Highway Engineers as satisfying part 2 academic base requirements for a Chartered Engineer under UK-SPEC.

Core modules

  • Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics (Earthquakes and Vibration)
  • Computational Structural Analysis and Research Skills
  • Structural Design
  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
  • Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics

Optional modules

  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • Advanced Concrete Design
  • Sustainable Concrete Technology
  • Structural Design and Fire Resistance
  • Innovations in Structural Concrete
  • Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Risk and Extreme Events


  • Lectures by academic staff and industrial partners
  • Laboratory work
  • Site visits
  • Design projects
  • Dissertation


  • Formal exams
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation with oral examination

Study options

You can study full-time or part-time over two years. The part-time involves taking Semester 1 in the first year and the remainder in the second year.

The MSc(Eng) course can form Part 2 (Further Learning) of the educational base for Chartered Engineer status. For details see

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Civil and Structural Engineering student

It was important to me to design of earthquake resistant structures, because in my home country structures have to be designed to withstand earthquakes. Sheffield is one of the very few universities in the UK that teaches earthquake engineering.

Stavros Lazarou, postgraduate in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree (BEng, MEng, BSc) in civil or structural engineering or other appropriate engineering or science subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Specialist facilities

We have completely new instrumentation in vibration engineering, environmental engineering and nanotechnology. Our laboratories are equipped to a very high standard, with specialist facilities for each area.

Structural engineering

  • Multi-axial testing equipment at elevated temperature
  • Testing rigs for ambient and fire conditions
  • Dynamic testing of full-scale civil engineering structures
  • Cement and concrete durability testing and material characterisation
  • Field laboratory for full-scale impact and explosion research


  • Large-scale tri-axial apparatus for stress path and cyclic load testing
  • Flexible walled tri-axial calibration chambers
  • Optical microscopy, digital camera and measurement software
  • Miniature piezocone, model pile testing and durability testing facilities
  • Instrumented rapid pile test rig

Our Geotechnical Engineering team have also recently designed, built and installed a world leading small-scale 1.0m beam centrifuge.

Your career

Our graduates work for top UK and international consultancies, contractors, regulators, universities and other private and public sector organisations.

Many of them join engineering consultancies, in roles such as Structural Engineer, Building Services Engineer and Sustainability Consultant. Some join architecture practices. Employers include Arup, Buro Happold, Capita Symonds, Roger Preston and Partners, Cundall and Foster and Partners.

About us

We are one of the largest and most active civil engineering departments in the UK. All our masters courses are informed by our own world-leading research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us in the UK top four.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 5711