Sector menu

Civil Engineering Structures

This course is for professional engineers who want to specialise in structural engineering or move into this area of expertise within their existing career. Normally students have an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related discipline. Students who don't have qualifications in civil engineering usually have some relevant work experience in civil engineering structures so they are familiar with working within the specific technical domain.

From analysing how carbon nanofibers can prevent corrosion in concrete to gaining insight from experts developing the new Forth Bridge, this MSc in Civil Engineering Structures has been designed to be broad in scope so you can develop your own area of structural engineering expertise.

As a department, we are interested in defining new structural forms and the new materials we could use to create them. We believe civil engineering is a creative and collaborative profession, as much as a technical one. This course gives you the tools to immerse yourself in both the analytical and experimental side of the subject, so you can investigate diverse problems to generate your own structural solutions.

The Civil Engineering Structures MSc mirrors industry practice, so you will work in groups with your peers from the first term onwards and learn from a group of world-leading engineers with diverse research strengths. From earthquake engineering to sustainable construction, you have the opportunity to learn in breadth and depth using high-end industry software to develop conceptual solutions for real-world project.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a second-class honours degree in civil engineering or a relevant subject or the equivalent from an international institution.

Course modules

Core modules:
Advanced structural analysis and stability (20 credits);
Finite element methods (15 credits);
Dynamics of structures (15 credits);
Structural reliability and risk (10 credits);
Design of concrete structures (15 credits);
Design of steel and composite structures (15 credits);
Dissertation for MSc degree (Research Skills and Individual Project) (60 credits).

Elective modules
You will be able to study two of the following elective modules:
Analysis of steel and concrete structures for blast and fire exposure (15 credits);
Bridge engineering (15 credits);
Earthquake analysis of structures (15 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment of theoretical modules is based on a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are shared between the January and April/May examination periods. Design oriented modules are normally assessed by coursework only, where students work both in groups and individually on challenging projects that are varied each year. For the MSc dissertation, students are required to attend a viva following submission of the final report.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 16,500 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 9,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 8,250 (Year 1) International 2 Years

Get in touch today and increase your future employability