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Course content

About the course

The majority of new buildings in the UK have steel structures, the use of steel in construction is growing in many other parts of the world.

This specialist course aims to prepare structural engineers for careers in the global construction industry by providing advanced knowledge of the properties and applications of steel.

There is an active steel structures group within the department whose research feeds directly into our MSc (Eng) in Steel Construction.

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.

Core modules

  • Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics and Applications to Earthquake Engineering and Vibration
  • Computational Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Design and Fire Resistance
  • of Medium Rise Steel Framed Buildings
  • Civil Engineering Research Proposal

Examples of optional modules

  • Innovations in Structural Concrete
  • Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics
  • Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Fatigue and Fracture

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) Steel Construction page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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