Taught course

Structural and Foundation Engineering

Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Structural and Foundation Engineering is designed for engineers who wish to improve knowledge of recent developments in structural analysis and design, and deepen their understanding of structural engineering. The programme addresses the need for structural rehabilitation, repair and maintenance of ageing infrastructure and has been developed following liaison with a wide range of employers in the sector.


  • Indeterminate Structures
  • Stability and Dynamics
  • Ground Engineering
  • FEA & Stress Analysis A
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • FEA & Stress Analysis B

This programme can be studied full-time or on a part-time basis at our Edinburgh Campus or you can study via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.

Information for international students

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our Scholarships web pages for more information on scholarships and funding.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-84 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months
distance learning
24-84 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment25

Course contact details

Demitrios Cotsovos