Masters degrees in Structural Mechanics equip postgraduates with the skills to analyse, monitor and adjust the equilibrium and motion of built and naturally-occurring structures.
Taught MSc degrees are typical for the field, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant Engineering subject.
Courses in this field equip you with the skills to monitor the effects of forces on various static and mobile structures, as well as predicting potential forces that may occur.
It includes an analysis of issues such as torsion, stress, stiffening, and vibration, as well as stability and non-linear behaviours. Practical training typically includes data handling, computational methods such as algorithms, and digital modelling. As both man-made and naturally-occurring structures are explored, training may also include methods in GIS (geographical information systems).
You may specialise your studies in areas such as urban planning and disaster management, off-shore engineering or landscape conservation.
Expertise in this field may be applied to a range of other industries too. Careers may include maritime engineering, renewable energy production, and environmental regulation.