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Structural Engineering Design and Management

Course Description

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering has a reputation as one of the leading centres for structural design in the UK. This degree offers the opportunity for postgraduate students to join this success story.

The programme is aimed at students with good numerical and analytical abilities, who are working towards Chartered Engineer status. The professional bodies, such as the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers, require members to hold an accredited Masters level degree for entry. The research element is aimed at those who would wish to consider a research career or a PhD in Structures.

The applied nature of this course prepares students for working in a professional design consultancy. Problem based learning is used to focus knowledge in a fun, yet challenging and realistic manner.

Programme Content

The degree has been designed to develop enhanced, structural and analytic abilities with the objective of applying them in design scenarios, with an emphasis on the business case for engineering projects. The modules are as follows:

Semester 1

Bridge Engineering
Construction Management
Numerical Methods
Research Methods for Managers
Structural Repairs and Maintenance
Whole Life Management of Structures

Semester 2

Business Management
Design and Communication
Design Management

Semester 3

Research Dissertation

Special Features


this new degree is unique in its appreciation of management of aging structures with modules such as 'Structural Repairs and Maintenance' and 'Whole Life Management of Structures' bringing a new set of skills to the discipline of Structural Engineering. In developed economies, over 50 per cent of expenditure on the built environment is on management of existing infrastructure. The industry therefore requires specialists with skills to address these challenges.


this degree will be accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.


within the School, there is a large, young and vibrant Structures academic team, and as such this new degree forms an excellent basis for those wishing to pursue further research.

Visit the Structural Engineering Design and Management page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree in Civil or Structural Engineering or equivalent qualification acceptable to the university. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) in a related discipline, with relevant previous work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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