This well-established and fully accredited MSc programme will develop the knowledge and skills acquired in your undergraduate programme. It builds the advanced capabilities in analysis and codified design in specialised aspects of structural engineering that are required by industry.
Our Structural Engineering postgraduate programme is delivered by the Faculty’s own staff, together with practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities.
For practising engineers engaged in the planning, design and construction of structural engineering works, this programme provides an opportunity to update their knowledge of current design practice and to become familiar with developments in codes and methods of analysis.
You will be able to choose from a rich and varied selection of specialist structural engineering subjects. The programme is offered in the standard full-time mode, in addition to part-time and distance learning options.
Graduates from the programme are highly employable and may progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time or distance learning over two to five academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation project.
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Structural Engineering Group Modules
-Steel Building Design
-Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements
-Concrete Building Design
-Structural Safety and Reliability
-Design of Masonry Structures
Bridge Engineering Group Modules
-Bridge Deck Loading and Analysis
-Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
-Durability of Bridges and Structures
-Steel and Composite Bridge Design
Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules
-Advanced Soil Mechanics
-Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures
Construction Management Group Modules
-Construction Management and Law
-Project and Risk Management
Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules
-Infrastructure Investment and Financing
-Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
-Infrastructure Asset Management
-Sustainability and Infrastructure
Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules
-Applied Chemistry and Microbiology
-Regulation and Management
Apart from the usual full-time mode, there are also part-time options. The majority of Bridge, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering modules can be studied by distance learning through the use of an interactive web-based e-learning platform (SurreyLearn). This programme can be studied via distance learning, which allows a high level of flexibility and enables you to study alongside other commitments you may have.
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme aims to provide graduates with:
-A comprehensive understanding of engineering mechanics for structural analysis
-The ability to select and apply the most appropriate analysis methodology for problems in structural engineering including advanced and new methods
-The ability to design structures in a variety of construction materials
-A working knowledge of the key UK and European standards and codes of practice associated with the design, analysis and construction of civil engineering structures and the ability to interpret and apply these to both familiar and unfamiliar problems
-The necessary technical further learning towards fulfilling the educational base for the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
Knowledge and understanding
-A knowledge and understanding of the key UK and European standards and codes of practice relating to structural engineering
-The ability to interpret and apply the appropriate UK and European standards and codes of practice to structural design for both familiar and unfamiliar situations
-A knowledge and understanding of the construction of different types of structures using different types of materials (e.g. concrete and steel)
-A knowledge and understanding of the common and less common materials used in structural engineering
-A comprehensive understanding of the principles of engineering mechanics underpinning structural engineering
-The ability to critically evaluate structural engineering concepts
-The ability to apply the appropriate analysis methodologies to common structural engineering problems as well as unfamiliar problems
-The ability to understand the limitations of structural analysis methods
-A knowledge and understanding to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete
-A Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development related to structures
-The awareness of the commercial, social and environmental impacts associated with structures
-An awareness and ability to make general evaluations of risk associated with the design and construction of structures including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk
-A critical awareness of new developments in the field of structural engineering
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-The ability to tackle problems familiar or otherwise which have uncertain or incomplete data
-The ability to generate innovative structural designs
-The ability to use theory or experimental research to improve design and/or analysis
-The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
-Produce sound designs to meet specified requirements such as Eurocodes, deploying commercial software packages as appropriate
-Synthesis and critical appraisal of the thoughts of others
Professional practical skills
-The awareness of professional and ethical conduct
-A Knowledge and understanding of structural engineering in a commercial/business context
-Ability to use computer software to assist towards structural analysis
-Ability to produce a high quality report
-Ability of carry out technical oral presentations
Key / transferable skills
-Communicate engineering design, concepts, analysis and data in a clear and effective manner
-Collect and analyse research data
-Time and resource management planning
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.