Taught course

Structural Engineering

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Additionally, a sound understanding of programme relevant core engineering principles, such as mathematics and mechanics, is expected and must be demonstrated in a 2.1 or equivalent in core subject components from your Honours degree.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The goal of structural engineering is to predict the performance of structures under extreme events. This Masters in Structural Engineering provides you with a range of methods to analyse and design structures with quantifiable reliability over their design life.

Why Glasgow?

  • If you intend to pursue a career in this specialist area of civil and structural engineering, in design consultancies and elsewhere, or if you want to transfer from other engineering disciplines, this programme is designed for you.
  • This programme offers a curriculum that is relevant to the needs of industry, designed to provide the advanced education required for the structural engineers of tomorrow.
  • The goal of structural engineering is to predict the performance of structures. This programme empowers future engineers with a range of methods to analyse and design structures with quantifiable reliability over their design life.
  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering has been delivering engineering education and research for more than 150 years and is the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Structural Engineering include lectures, seminars, tutorials, a group design project and individual projects.

Core courses

  • Advanced structural analysis and dynamics
  • Applied engineering mechanics
  • Computational modelling of nonlinear problems
  • Structural concrete
  • Structural design
  • Advanced soil mechanics
  • Structural engineering preliminary research project
  • Structural engineering review project
  • Structural design project

MSc students undertake an additional individual project.

Projects

  • As part of the core courses, you will undertake a team-based structural design project (20 credits), an individual structural design project (20 credits), an individual structural engineering review project (10 credits) and an individual structural engineering preliminary research project (20 credits).
  • To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a major individual project worth 60 credits, which will integrate subject knowledge and skills that you acquire during the MSc programme
  • The project work will be undertaken under the supervision of an academic member of staff. You also have the possibility to undertake their project at another university, research institute or industrial partner. This option must be agreed in advance with the programme coordinator.
  • The major individual project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting edge projects relevant to the industry.
  • You may choose your MSc project topic in consultation with academic staff or from a list of topics suggested by academic staff. Projects are normally allocated in January.
  • Students are required to submit a dissertation and present the results of their project work in the form of a Poster Presentation in early September.

Backgrounds/Aims

Aims of the programme:

  • Provide you with up-to-date postgraduate training in the theory and practice of structural engineering and mechanics
  • Assist the structural design and assessment processes to move away from empirical conventions and to base them on a more realistic predictions of structural behaviour and a more realistic descriptions of the loading environment
  • To develop the ability to address open-ended problems creatively
  • To develop generic problem-based learning skills and transferable skills relevant to employment and life-long learning
  • During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in a wide range of industries.
  • If you intend to pursue a career in this specialist area of civil and structural engineering, in design consultancies and elsewhere, or if you want to transfer from other engineering disciplines, this programme is designed for you. It provides the advanced education required for the structural engineers of tomorrow.

Accreditation

The MSc Structural Engineering is accredited in the “Further Learning” category accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).

This means that a student with an accredited BEng undergraduate degree can take the accredited "Further Learning" MSc to top-up their academic qualifications in order to meet the full academic requirements for conferral of the title of Chartered Engineer. This is an alternative route to the 5-year undergraduate MEng route.

Industry Links and Employability

If you intend to pursue a career in this specialist area of civil and structural engineering, in design consultancies and elsewhere, or if you want to transfer from other engineering disciplines, this programme is designed for you. It provides the advanced education required for the structural engineers of tomorrow.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£19500

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Email
pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk