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MSc - Structural Engineering

Online University of Surrey    Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time & Part time February, October MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 5 years; Distance-learning: 5 years

About the course

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 50 per cent in a 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 will I study?

Where is University of Surrey


Student Profile(s)

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.


If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 per cent discount on our taught postgraduate masters programme fees.

The discount applies to:

September/October 2021 entrants
February 2021 entrants
February 2022 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters programmes are running with a February intake for the 2021/22 academic year.

This scheme is only open to 2021 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on feesandfunding@surrey.ac.uk.

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Surrey is pleased to announce that we will be running the Surrey International Masters Scholarship for new masters students coming to Surrey in 2022 from seven different countries. Awards of £2,500 are available to all applicants holding a Surrey offer to study a full-time masters programme in February 2022, (except the Surrey MBA). All successful offer holders will be awarded a tuition fee discount of £2,500 on the first-year fees

Value of Scholarship(s)



In order to be eligible, applicants must:
Be domiciled in India, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam or Ghana.
Hold an offer for a full-time masters programme (except MBA).
Meet all the conditions of your offer.
Be an overseas fee-paying student (this scholarship is not available for students eligible for UK fees).
Be self-funded (you must be paying for your studies independently rather than being sponsored or in receipt of another scholarship. You may, however, also be in receipt of the Surrey alumni discount).
Be registering on the first year of a full-time Masters programme with a February 2022 start date.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application for this scholarship. All offer holders will be considered against the stated criteria and, if successful, the award will be paid in the form of a tuition fee discount. This discount will not appear on your offer letter, but will be applied to your CAS letter.

For programmes of more than one year the award is payable for the first year of study only.

Final decisions on the eligibility of applicants and allocation of scholarships will be made by the University of Surrey’s International Student Recruitment Office.

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