MSc(Eng) Structural Engineering

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, Postgraduate student in Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

This intensive course is a blend of lectures, lab work, site visits and design projects.

You'll develop skills in the analysis and design of steel and concrete structures.

And you can tailor the course to your specific interests, so it's ideal for practising structural engineers who want to enhance their skills or for anyone pursuing a career in this field.

You'll be taught by members of The Structures Group - the largest research group in the department. They 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.

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
  • Computational Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Dissertation Planning and Paper Presentation

Optional modules

  • Advanced Concrete Design
  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • Sustainable Concrete Technology
  • Structural Design and Fire Resistance
  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
  • Innovations in Structural Concrete
  • Risk and Extreme Events
  • 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 exam

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. Most modules are taught in blocks.

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

Develop skills in the analysis and design of steel and concrete structures. You can tailor the course to your specific interests, so it’s ideal for practising structural engineers who want to enhance their skills or for anyone pursuing a career in this field.

Civil engineering postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Computational Structural Analysis and Research Skills
  • Structural Dynamics and Applications to Earthquake Engineering and Vibration

Examples of optional modules

  • Innovations in Structural Concrete
  • Advanced Concrete Design
  • Structural Design and Fire Resistance of Medium Rise Steel-framed Buildings
  • Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics
  • Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Sustainable Concrete Technology

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

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

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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.