Structural Engineering and Practice Masters/MSc/Diploma

Postgraduate degree programme Structural Engineering and Practice Masters/MSc/Diploma:

This Masters (MSc) and PG diploma postgraduate degree course in Structural Engineering and Practice is offered to civil engineering and mechanical engineering related graduates wishing to study structural engineering within a civil engineering context. This programme offers the opportunity to widen knowledge in the area of Structural Engineering by including structural engineering practice, wind engineering, structural behaviour (both static and seismic), geotechnical engineering and industrial research topics. 

This opens up a wide range of career opportunities, as many of the techniques are applicable both within and outside the civil engineering design and construction industry.

  • Masters degree/MSc: 12 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 10 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time

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Designed for civil engineering graduates looking to specialise as structural engineers, or those seeking to advance their career prospects in the industry, this course will enable you to deal with complex structural engineering issues.

Decision making at a high level is often demanded by the industry, and here you will learn the techniques and
unlock the confidence to use your initiative, communicate conclusions and solutions and tackle often-unpredictable scenarios.

The course has been devised to meet the demands of both the UK and overseas engineering and construction industries. It offers advanced training to engineers aspiring to higher or middle management in public and private sector management.

You can transfer from the Postgraduate Diploma to the MSc programme, upon completion of the Diploma, provided you satisfy the MSc requirements.

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Why study this course

Typical graduates will be able to deal with complex Structural Engineering issues, making sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and will be able to communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 

They will be self-motivating and able to act autonomously and will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations, and to have the independent learning ability required for the continuing professional development and the civil/structural civil engineering practice. 

The high level of numeracy of graduates, and their skills in problem solving, research, team working, and communication and information technology, equip them for successful careers outside as well as within the construction industry. 

Modules

Learning is delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, coursework, group project work and site visits, to give uou a fundamental understanding of the social, economic, resource management and legal frameworks within which civil engineering projects take place. Modules are delivered in intensive, week-long blocks, making it easier to combine work and study if you are part-time.

We have extensive laboratories and facilities both on and off our campus for undertaking research in geotechnical engineering, water engineering, wind engineering and structural engineering.

TitleCredits
Advanced Structures and Design 20
Foundation Engineering 20
Seismic Engineering 20
Forensic Engineering 20
Structural Engineering and Practice 20
Structural Engineering Professional Skills 20
Individual Research Project 60

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees 2017/18

UK/EU students

  • MSc full-time: £8,910
  • MSc part-time: £4,455
  • Postgraduate Diploma full-time: £5,940
  • Postgraduate Diploma part-time: £2,970

International students

Further funding information

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships may be available, further information is in our funding database.

Learn more about fees and funding.

For further information contact the department directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in Civil Engineering or a relevant non-engineering subject; industrial experience and CEng/IEng qualifications will also be taken into account.

Learn more about entry requirements.

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements. Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 3 July is the close date for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applications will reopen for 2018 entry on 15 September 2017.

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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The taught element takes place between September and May. It is possible to study full-time or part-time, as modules are delivered in intensive week-long blocks. This means that students can combine work and study, attending university for these weeks only. A student's performance is assessed by written examinations and individual coursework. 

The research project report is submitted and presented (end of August/early September) for assessment. Students must normally reach a satisfactory standard in the written examinations to be permitted to proceed to the individual project.

Formal examinations are normally held during the week immediately before the Spring term, in early January, and during May; submission of the project thesis is usually due by early September. 

Transfer between Postgraduate Diploma and MSc is possible upon completion of the Diploma for a Diploma student who satisfies the MSc requirements. The Diploma may be awarded to an MSc student who fails to complete the individual project.

A high level of numeracy, and skills in structural engineering problem solving, together with the ability to undertake research, team working, and being conversant with both communication and information technology equips you
for a successful career in the structural engineering consultancy or construction industry.

Your MSc counts towards achieving Chartered Engineer accreditation.

 

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