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 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

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.

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


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


  • 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

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Civil engineering postgraduate student

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

Wan Muhammad Djawad Wan Dzahanurin, postgraduate student in Department of Civil and structural Engineering

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2years 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

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