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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.46k / 2015 cohort
  • Foreign: $ 11.8k / 2015 cohort
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 443pts.
  • Duration:
  • 3 years

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    Established in 1978, to provide training in the design, analysis and assessment of steel and composite (steel/concrete) structures, the course is designed to cover theoretical background and design considerations, and includes project work on structural forms of current industrial interest.

    The course has evolved to incorporate Eurocodes, durability/repair of structural concrete and structural dynamics. It is ideally suited to practising engineers with relevant experience as well as recent graduates with an appropriate first degree.

    The option to add either Business Management or Sustainable Development came online in 2003.

    The course requires good prior knowledge of Structural Mechanics, Analysis and Mathematics. 

    Course Objectives

    • Produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in structural design and analysis in industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations;
    • Provide the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of structural engineering;
    • Develop an understanding of how this knowledge may be applied in practice in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner;
    • Foster the acquisition and implementation of broad research and analytical skills related to structural engineering;
    • Attract highly motivated students irrespective of race, gender, background and physical disability, from the UK and overseas;
    • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the community including vocational training;
    • Provide an introduction to the subject for students from other relevant disciplines

    Course Structure

    Students will undertake 6* modules in the autumn term (October to December), examined in January; and a further 6* modules in the spring term (January-March), examined after the Easter break.  This second examination period is followed by a 2-week conceptual group design exercise and a major individual piece of work, either research or design based. The course culminates in a final project which can be design or research orientated.  *For those taking Business Management or Sustainable Development, two of the six core structural engineering modules will be replaced with material from these options.

    Students attend a  4-day compulsory Field Trip scheduled during the Easter Vacation comprising a series of site visits to relevant steel fabricators, producers and structures, in the North of England. Over the years we have visited:

    ATLAS Ward Structures and Kingspan Metl-Con (formerly Ward Building Systems), Sherburn, North Yorkshire
    Cleveland Bridge UK, Darlington
    Tata Steel Works in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire
    Westok Ltd, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire
    The Humber Bridge: near Hull, connecting North Yorkshire to North Lincolnshire

    Autumn Term 

    • CI9-STR-06 Finite Element Analysis
    • CI9-STR-08 Structural Dynamics
    • CI9-STR-19 Steel Components (Core)
    • CI9-STR-24 Structural Stability (Core)
    • CI9-STR-27 Structural Steel Technology (Core)
    • CI9-STR-34 Structural Analysis (Core)
    • CI9-STR-40 Design of Timber & Masonry Structures

    Spring Term

    • CI9-STR-11 Nonlinear Structural Analysis
    • CI9-STR-21 Seismic Design of Steel Structures
    • CI9-STR-25 Design of Steel Buildings (Core)
    • CI9-STR-26 Plated Structures
    • CI9-STR-35 Design of Bridges
    • CI9-STR-36 Structural Reliability Theory
    • CI9-STR-39 Theory of Shells

    Summer Term

    • CI9-STR-18 Design Project - Dissertation

     part-time options are :

    • One day per week over three years
    • Term release

    The term release option normally involves:

    Attendance in the autumn term of one year and the spring term of a second year.  The dissertation is undertaken with regular guidance from a College supervisor, by private study or by arrangement at your place of employment.

    Year 1.  Autumn Term:  attend for the entire term (11 weeks), students thereby taking the first half of the taught portion of the course. Spring Term:  undertake examination of autumn-term modules only.  Summer Term:  no attendance

    Year 2.  Autumn Term:  no attendance.  Spring Term:  complete (11 weeks) attendance, students thereby attending the second half of the taught portion of the course.  Summer Term:  take examination papers covering material from the Spring Term.  Undertake Conceptual Design Project (2-weeks of attendance)

    Year 3.  Undertake Research Dissertation or Detailed Design Project

    Course work will be submitted at the time required for the full-time course, that is either during Year 1 Autumn term, or during Year 2 Spring and Summer terms, or later as appropriate.

    The Dissertation/Project will be submitted at the end of year 3, in time for the September Examiners' meeting.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Minimum Entry requirements

    • A good Upper Second, or First Class Degree (or Overseas Equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline.
    • Good mathematical skills.
    • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured.
    • Meet the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants. 

    Departmental MSc Scholarships

    All candidates who have indicated their wish to be considered for available funding at the application stage.
    Awards will be based on academic excellence and relevant experience. 
    Number of awards: up to 17
    Application Deadline: 31 March 2014

    Value - full or partial tuition fee waiver

    Please note that part-time study is not available to applicants requiring Tier 4 Visas.

    Business Management add-on module

    Is designed to provide you with the ability to think about the business side of civil engineering, addressing key principles of accounting, microeconomics, business law, human resource management and project management, and to complement your core technical MSc programme.  Crossing all disciplines, it enables you to interact and work with students from our other civil engineering MSc programmes to broaden your appreciation of the wider engineering business, its context and complexity.


    Business Management comprises four discrete units, taught over two terms (Microeconomics and Principles of Accounting in Autumn term, examined at the beginning of January; Project Management and Business Environments-Construction Law in Spring term, examined at the beginning of the Summer Term). Each exam is of two hours duration. Project Management is primarily assessed by hands-on project-based coursework. Each unit also has coursework assessment during term, including individual written work and classroom-based group work.

    These options comprise 120 contact hours of study and are taken as an alternative to a corresponding Amount of core engineering study.

    Sustainable Development add-on module

    Is designed to provide you with the basic skills to incorporate the concepts of sustainable development into all the stages of an engineering project’s development. It is suitable for those who wish to direct their career towards issues of development and redevelopment, especially in the provision of infrastructure, and its renovation and renewal. You will gain the practical tools necessary to apply the principles of engineering for sustainable development in real world contexts.


    Comprises three units, taught over the autumn and spring terms, and covered by one 3-hour written examination at the beginning of the summer term, multiple pieces of coursework, both in-class, group and individual and a design guide.  Recent DesignGuides have included an analysis of tourist accommodation in Switzerland, concrete manufacturing processes, packaging design, and transportation projects.  The choice of topics is very broad, as the goal is not to do a detailed analysis of a specific industry, but to gain an appreciation of the general sustainability tools and techniques that might be used for analysing any engineering system.  By contrast, the special projects are more technical and are typically based on work within the core MSc subject (e.g. structures, transport, etc), with sustainability elements in parallel.  A recent example performed a life-cycle assessment of alternative structural designs.

    These options comprise 120 contact hours of study and are taken as an alternative to a corresponding Amount of core engineering study.

    Modules not taken with Business Management and Sustainable Development

    Autumn Term:  CI9-STR-40 Design of Timber and Masonry Structures

    Spring Term: CI9-STR-11 Nonlinear Strutural Analysis

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