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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    28 June 2017

Course content

This MSc offers you the knowledge and expertise for a career as a consulting structural engineer within this specialist professional area of civil engineering. It is designed to provide specialist postgraduate professional development across the areas of steel, concrete and timber design, structural dynamics, and structural mechanics. It will provide you with a sound scientific, technical and commercial understanding of structural engineering issues and practice, while training you in engineering research methods in order to develop a range of related transferable skills. It will cover the diverse nature of structural engineering through the integration of knowledge from mechanics, materials, structural analysis and structural design. You will gain new advanced level skills in engineering theory and practice related to the management of structural engineering challenges.

Distinctive features:

• The employment record of graduates is excellent, with the majority of graduates joining engineering consultancies.

• The MSc in Structural Engineering is accredited by the ICE, IStructE, IHT and IHIE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for intakes 2014-2018 inclusive, for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree or an IEng accredited BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

• You will be learning in a research-led teaching institution taught by staff rated in the highest possible category by independent Government assessment.

• It will give you the opportunity to work in facilities commensurate with a top-class research unit.

• Available as 1 year full-time study or 3 years part-time study which provides the flexibility for you to continue working and study at the same time.

Structure

The programme is presented as a one-year full-time Master's level programme, and is also available in part-time mode over three years.

The programme is presented in two stages:

• In Stage 1 you will follow taught modules to the value of 120 credits, with a limited amount of choice between option modules.
• Stage 2 consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.

Summative assessment is undertaken at the end of each stage (or each year if part-time).

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/structural-engineering-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/structural-engineering-msc-part-time

Teaching

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. You will attend lectures and participate in examples classes. All students must complete 120 credits in Stage 1 in order to progress to the dissertation, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. Dissertation topics are normally chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff, usually in areas of current research interest, although you are encouraged to put forward your own project ideas.

Assessment

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher. Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a Distinction. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a Merit. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits required for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate for the achievement of at least 60 credits.

Career prospects

This course's graduate employment record is excellent, with the majority of graduates joining engineering consultancies.

Visit the Structural Engineering MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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