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This MSc programme combines specialist earthquake and structural engineering study with a focus on engineering approaches for structural and geotechnical seismic analysis and design.

You will learn with a course team who are both active in research and experts in the repair and strengthening of existing structures and random vibration. Their research will help inform your learning through case studies, experimental results, and design and analysis theories. You will also develop your own advanced research, analytical and communication skills through independent research project.

Your learning and research is supported by access to facilities such as our dynamics lab equipped with a shake table (earthquake simulator), centrifuge, modal hammer, shaker and acquisition system, and our heavy structures lab, soil mechanics lab and hydraulics lab.

You will gain the knowledge, skills and critical understanding of the nature and significance of advanced structural and earthquake engineering principles in protecting structures against natural hazards – creating engineering design solutions to ensure quality of life for future generations in earthquake zones across the globe. 

Course structure

The course consists of taught and research components which run in parallel throughout the academic year:

  • As part of the taught component you will focus primarily on advanced topics in Earthquake and Structural engineering. Lectures will introduce conceptual and methodological materials, lab sessions and computing work using our specialist facilities enable you to put the theory in to practice. You will work in interdisciplinary groups enabling you to develop teamwork, and leadership skills as well as developing the ability to work independently to support continued professional learning. 
  • The research component is based on your masters dissertation. Your dissertation represents your individual and independent research, extending and bringing together your understanding of the taught topics, and enabling you to devise or recommend creative and appropriate solutions in the area of Earthquake and Structural Engineering.

Areas of study

Core modules

  • MSc Earthquake and Structural Engineering Dissertation
  • Repair and Strengthening of Existing Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • Random Vibration of Structures
  • Dynamics of Structures with Earthquake Engineering applications
  • Bridge Loads and Analysis
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Option modules

  • Rock Mechanics
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Construction Management 

Careers and employability

On successful completion of the programme, you will graduate with a critical awareness of, and the ability to employ, current structural and earthquake engineering practices around the world. 


Visit the Earthquake and Structural Engineering (MSc) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

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