MSc - Structural Engineering

Online University of Surrey    Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time & Part time February, September MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 5 years; Distance-learning: 5 years
Engineering (12)

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Are you interested in becoming a structural engineer? Look no further than our MSc in Structural Engineering! With a history dating back to 1966, this programme offers a wide range of specialist modules taught by top-notch academics and practicing engineers. You'll have access to exceptional facilities and the flexibility to study full-time, part-time, or even through distance learning. We welcome applicants with a 2:2 UK honours degree in civil engineering or related subjects, or an equivalent international degree. This accredited programme will equip you with advanced skills in analysis and design, opening doors to exciting career opportunities in various sectors.

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Why choose this course

Structural engineers create the 'bones and muscles' of human-made structures.

Running since 1966, our MSc allows you to choose from a rich and varied selection of specialist structural engineering modules.

You’ll be taught by forward-thinking academics at the top of their games, as well as practising engineers from consultancies, legislator bodies and local authorities. You’ll also benefit from the exceptional facilities we have to offer.

This course is offered as standard full-time study, with part-time and distance learning options available.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in civil engineering (or mechanical, aerospace, offshore, biomedical engineering, naval architecture or other related engineering subjects), or equivalent recognised international degree.

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis, based on strength in specific subjects related to the MSc programme and/or professional experience.

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Where is University of Surrey


Student Profiles

Evangelos Alexakis

Structural Engineering is one of the most challenging disciplines of engineering. Surrey’s MSc programme gave me the opportunity to meet the needs of engineers engaged in the field of structural engineering, and enhance my expertise in this area.

As I progressed throughout my degree, I developed as an individual and as part of a team. Having studied full-time, the course pushed the boundaries of what I thought I could achieve, which was really rewarding.

Experienced academic members of staff, in combination with visiting specialist lecturers, greatly enhanced my analytical problem-solving skills and the support facilities provided me with all the necessary resources to complete a number of challenging projects.

Surrey’s MSc in Structural Engineering was a career-orientated course, covering both theoretical and practical design considerations, which enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the field thus providing me with the means to get where I am today; working as a Structural Engineer in the oil and gas industry.


I have always been interested in structures and doing an MSc in that field was my dream. Having worked in a construction company before, and already possessing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, I was keen to expand my knowledge in structural engineering. This course provides an attractive programme structure with a good variety of interesting modules. Given that engineering is a demanding degree on its own, advanced engineering, emphasising structures in particular, can be a challenge. At University, I have the full support of my family and friends, my personal tutor and the programme director, along with the staff in my department.

What is fascinating about this degree is the extent to which it both covers and promotes the practical capabilities necessary for an engineer. Focusing on design of the most commonly used structural materials, along with the construction aspect, what more can an engineer seek? This course offers a substantial range of skills, but requires complete devotion and a lot of work. For anyone who is determined to put a lot of effort in and is enthusiastic about engineering, it will be a greatly profitable experience.

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