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Structural Engineering MSc

Course Description

Structural engineers help to make, shape and maintain the built environment. They are professionals who enjoy innovation, a challenge, opportunities, responsibility and, excitement in a varied and very satisfying career. Structural engineering is a profession that provides a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives and their environment. In the 21st Century, climate change is an increasingly important issue which needs to be tackled and the role of the structural engineer in tackling climate change is immense.

To meet these challenges, the 21st Century structural engineers need to combine traditional structural engineering expertise with an understanding of a wide range of issues related to design of zero carbon buildings. There is a significant shortage of structural engineers with the requisite knowledge, skills, and experience to deal efficiently with complex issues for designing structurally sound, elegantly simple and environmentally sustainable buildings. The skill shortage and its effects on the construction industry will be further exacerbated by the huge demanding from some rising economic powers. In response to this growing need for graduates aware of current challenges in structural engineering, this new MSc programme has been developed.

This programme is designed to attract both international and home students, who wish to pursue their career in civil and structural engineering. To meet the needs of increasing demand for structural engineers to design more safe, economic and environmental friendly buildings, the programme content has specifically been designed to give a thorough grounding on current practice with regards to dealing with structural fire and earthquake resistances and design of carbon neutral buildings. A particular feature of this content lies with the emphasis on the performance based structural design philosophy. The strong focus on these aspects will appeal to international students and home students who intend to become the next generation of structural engineers after graduation.

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

Student Profiles

Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology discipline. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £7,750 full-time International students: £16,000 full-time

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