MSc(Eng) Steel Construction

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 sustainable future.

I appreciate the quality of teaching the most. Our lecturers are highly experienced within the academic and industrial field and the University’s standing and reputation in Structural Engineering was the main reason for my decision to study here.

Wan Muhammad Djawad Wan, MSc(Eng) Steel Construction

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

Steel structures are widespread in the UK and increasingly popular around the world.

This specialisation prepares you for a structural engineering career in a vast international construction market.

It's an intensive blend of lectures, lab work, site visits and design projects. The course tutors are researchers who work closely with industry to push the boundaries of structural design.

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.

Civil engineering postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics (Earthquakes and Vibration)
  • Computational Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design and Fire Resistance

Optional modules

  • Fatigue & Fracture
  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
  • Innovations in Structural Concrete
  • Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
  • Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics
  • Geotechnical Design

Teaching

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

Assessment

  • 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 www.ice.org.uk

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

The majority of new buildings in the UK have steel structures, the use of steel in construction is growing in many other parts of the world.

This specialist course aims to prepare structural engineers for careers in the global construction industry by providing advanced knowledge of the properties and applications of steel.

There is an active steel structures group within the department whose research feeds directly into our MSc (Eng) in Steel Construction.

Civil engineering postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics (Earthquakes and Vibration)
  • Computational Structural Analysis and Research Skills
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Design and Fire Resistance

Examples of optional modules

  • Innovations in Structural Concrete
  • Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics
  • Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
  • Geotechnical Design

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, design tutorials, computational tutorials, lab work and industrial seminars.

All courses use lectures by academic staff and industrial partners, laboratory work, site visits, design projects and dissertation. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation with oral examination.

  • September–June: taught modules and preparation for your dissertation.
  • June–August: complete your dissertation.

Your research dissertation gives you the opportunity to work with an academic on a piece of research in a subdiscipline. We’ll give you training in research skills.

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.

We’ll consider your application if you have appropriate professional qualifications and work experience, but you'll need a strong background in the areas covered on the course.

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

Apply now

Dr Shan-Shan Huang 300

I teach Composite Steel, Concrete Construction and Fire Resistance of Steel-Framed Buildings. Apart from teaching, I conduct research on Structural Fire Engineering - trying to answer questions like “What happens to structures in fire?” “How can we improve the current fire engineering practices, in terms of safety, efficiency, sustainability, etc.?” Working in these areas involves collaboration with a number of colleagues in the department. I am the Course Tutor for the MSc in Steel Construction and can use my own experience of completing a University of Sheffield Engineering MSc to provide support and guidance to the students that join us each year from all over the world.

Dr Shan-Shan Huang, MSc in Steel Construction tutor

Apply now

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

Apply now

Any questions?

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

E: civilpgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5711

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.