Taught course

Structural Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's course is a minimum Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc in Structural Engineering comprises eight taught course units worth 15 credits each and a research dissertation worth 60 credits. The taught units provide an introduction to experimental work and research methods and cover advanced aspects of theory and design principles relevant to the static and dynamic behaviour of structures, steel and concrete structures and finite element modelling. A particular highlight of the taught component of the course is studying the behaviour and design of structures against extreme loading including fire and earthquake, which is taught by internationally leading researchers and engineers. As a large multi-disciplinary engineering school, MACE has academic staff who are experts in a broad range of research areas and have a wide spread of professional experience in industry.

Information for international students

All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in the English language. Applicants who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test such as IELTS or Pearson and attain the required English Language score:

IELTS: overall score 6.5 with no sub-test below 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): overall score of at least 59, with no sub-test below 51

IBT TOEFL: overall score of at least 90, with no sub-test below 22

Pre-sessional English: We also accept successful completion of the 10 week pre-sessional English course run by the University Language Centre to meet our English language requirements.

In order to enrol onto the ten week pre-sessional English course, your current IELTS scores must be at least: 5.5 overall, with no component scores below 5.5

If you would like to take the 10 week pre-sessional course, please email a scanned copy of your IELTS certificate to us at pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk . We will confirm whether you are eligible to take the course and inform the Language Centre. Please note that the Language Centre will not accept a booking for the 10 week pre-sessional course without this confirmation of your eligibility.

The deadline to apply for the ten week pre-sessional course is Friday 11 May 2018. Once we have confirmed that you are eligible to take the course, you will need to apply online .

Please note we do not accept the 6 or 3 week pre-sessional courses to meet our English requirements.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. See English language entry requirements from your country and other general requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The Panasonic Trust offers grants to UK engineers from industry. Details may be found on The Royal Academy of Engineering website which administers the Panasonic Trust.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
+44 (0) 161 306 9219