You’ll study a set of core modules that give you a firm foundation in the key elements of structural engineering. You’ll develop and expand your understanding of structural analysis and foundation engineering, and explore design issues related to key building materials like concrete, steel and composites. From there you’ll explore design optimisation and examine real-life examples.
We place a strong emphasis on applying your knowledge to real-world problems. Over the 2 semesters, you’ll work on your own design project, where you’ll develop, evaluate and recommend concept design solutions to a structural engineering problem and even put together an outline construction programme for the project.
During semester one and two but particularly over the summer months, you’ll also develop and apply your research skills to a real-world problem when you complete an independent research project.
The dissertation project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Recent projects by Structural Engineering MSc (Eng) students have included:
Dynamic shear resistance of collar jainted masonry panels
Performance of reinforced concrete tunnel linings in fire situations
Comparisons of tensile and compressive creep in concrete
Review of the latest developments in the design and construction of carbon composite bridges
Structural health monitoring of full-scale bridges
Dynamic performance of grandstands under various spectator actions
Identification of soil-structure interaction within earthquake response data from real tunnels
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Structural Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Structural Engineering MSc (Eng) Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Structural Engineering MSc (Eng) Part Time in the course catalogue
Design and Management of Structures in Earthquake Zones
Advanced Structural Analysis (MSc/PGD)
Design Optimisation - MSc
Advanced Concrete Design (MSc)
Foundation Engineering (MSc)
Advanced Steel and Composite Design - (MSc)
Structural Engineering Design Project
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.