Structural (Eng) Engineering

Structural Engineers are responsible for the fundamental structures that our society depends on. From buildings and bridges, to our water and energy supply systems, flood defences and even blast protection, life would be very difficult without this crucial infrastructure.

Today, we face huge global engineering challenges relating to this infrastructure. How can we make it safer, more efficient, more sustainable? How can we prolong the life of what we already have? How can we design optimally to use less material and natural resources?

Our department was founded over 100 years ago, and structural engineering has long been the cornerstone of our teaching and research.  Our Structural Engineering MSc will allow you to develop technical and practical skills in the analysis and design of structures, based on a thorough understanding of their behaviour. It contains a focus on both concrete and steel structures and provides an ideal grounding for an international career in structural design and construction. The course reflects the latest developments within industry and provides students with advanced understanding of approaches to design using the latest UK and European codes, as well as specialist knowledge of modern and innovative construction materials and methods.

The core modules give you a grounding in advanced structural analysis, dynamics and design. During the second semester you can choose from a range of specialist modules in order to tailor the course to your specific interests. Options include design of multi-storey buildings, sustainability and innovation in concrete, advanced geotechnical design, and design to protect against earthquakes, fire, and blast & impact.

The course is ideal for practising structural engineers who want to enhance their skills, or for anyone pursuing a career in this field. Our graduates are in high demand from the construction industry, structural engineering and consulting firms. Some go on to further postgraduate studies leading to careers in higher education.

Study Locations

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Course Duration

  • 1 year Full Time

MSc (Eng) Structural Engineering (2019-20)

Full Academic Year

CIV6000 Advanced Engineering Research Study

Weeks 1 - 6 Weeks 7 - 12
Semester 1

CIV6115 Structural Analysis

CIV6181 Structural Dynamics and Applications to Earthquake Engineering and Vibration

CIV6136 Computational Structural Analysis

CIV685 Civil Engineering Research Proposal

CIV6215 Structural Design

Semester 2

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

Option 1 & Option 2 Option 3 & Option 4

CIV6236 Advanced Concrete Design

CIV6445 Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures

CIV6276 Multistorey Steel Building Design

CIV6175 Innovations in Structural Concrete

CIV6415 Blast and Impact Effects on Structures

CIV6503 Geotechnical Design

CIV6254 Structural Analysis and Design for Fire

CIV6195 Earthquake Engineering and Risk Management

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Careers & employability

Our graduates work internationally, in a range of public and private sector organisations from major civil engineering companies to world leading research institutes.

Course accreditation - MSc (Technical and non-technical)

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
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