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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 yr FT/2 yrs PT

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Last Updated

    30 January 2018

Course Content

Course content

About the course

Learn how to deal with structural dynamics problems in areas of earthquake engineering, civil vibration engineering, and blast and impact.

Our teaching is based on the expertise of The Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group, known internationally for its applied approach to civil engineering dynamics.

About us

We are one of the largest and most active civil engineering departments in the UK. All our masters courses are informed by our own world-leading research and industry needs. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us in the UK top four.

Our structures-based courses are accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Institute of Highway Engineers as satisfying part 2 academic base requirements for a Chartered Engineer under UK-SPEC.

Your career

Our graduates work for top UK and international consultancies, contractors, regulators, universities and other private and public sector organisations.

Many of them join engineering consultancies, in roles such as Structural Engineer, Building Services Engineer and Sustainability Consultant. Some join architecture practices. Employers include Arup, Buro Happold, Capita Symonds, Roger Preston and Partners, Cundall and Foster and Partners.

Specialist facilities

Our laboratories are equipped to a very high standard:

Large-scale tri-axial apparatus for stress path and cyclic load testing; flexible walled tri-axial calibration chambers; optical microscopy, digital camera and measurement software; model pile testing and durability testing facilities. We have recently established the Centre for Energy and Infrastructure Ground Research that is home to our world leading 4m diameter beam centrifuge and complementary £1m teaching facility.

Core modules

  • Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics and Applications to
  • Earthquake Engineering and Vibration
  • Computational Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
  • Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics
  • Civil Engineering Research Proposal

Examples of optional modules

  • Advanced Concrete Design
  • Sustainable Concrete Technology
  • Structural Design and Fire Resistance of Medium Rise Steel Framed Buildings
  • Innovations in Structural Concrete
  • Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • Risk and Extreme Events

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, design tutorials, computational tutorials, lab work and industrial seminars.

All courses use lectures by academic staff and industrial partners, laboratory work, site visits, design projects and dissertation. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation with oral examination.

September–June: taught modules and preparation for your dissertation.

June–August: complete your dissertation.

Your research dissertation gives you the opportunity to work with an academic on a piece of research in a subdiscipline. We’ll give you training in research skills.


Visit the MSc(Eng) Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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