Taught course

Structural Engineering & Mechanics

University of Glasgow · School of Engineering

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. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The goal of structural engineering is to predict the performance of structures under extreme events: earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches, fires and explosions. This Masters in Structural Engineering & Mechanics provides you with a range of methods to analyse and design structures with quantifiable reliability over their design life.

Why Glasgow

  • This exciting initiative enables you to benefit from the combined resources and complementary expertise of the civil engineering staff of two top ranking Russell Group universities; Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • 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 under every imaginable extreme event (earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches, fires and explosions). This programme empowers future engineers with a range of methods to analyse and design structures with quantifiable reliability over their design life.
  • You can attend as full-time or part-time students or can take individual courses, to suit the needs of your own CPD programme.
  • 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 and Mechanics include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

· Advanced structural analysis and dynamics

· Applied engineering mechanics

· Computational modelling of nonlinear problems

· Fire resistance of structures

· Plastics analysis of frames and slabs

· Structural concrete

· Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering

· Structural engineering preliminary research project

· Structural engineering review project

· Thin-walled members and stability.

MSc students undertake an additional individual project.


· To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits, which will integrate subject knowledge and skills that you acquire during the MSc programme

· The project work will be undertaken at either the University of Glasgow or the University of Edinburgh 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 director.

· The 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.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team