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MSc Structural Engineering

Course Description

Today, structural engineering is more than just design. Expert consultants are needed globally with a complete skill set; the ability to design, manage and maintain structures, but also to enable existing civil infrastructure to operate under changing loading and environment.

This programme will provide you with a solid understanding of the whole process of structural design, analysis and operation. You will discover how to design and manage the dynamic behaviour of structures using state of the art hardware and software for performance assessment, measurement, and instrumentation to withstand normal and extreme operational loads.

The programme is taught by our internationally leading academic team with expertise in structural performance analysis and health monitoring, structural dynamics, control, infrastructure management, systems and informatics.

Successful graduates will be equipped with specialist skills increasingly demanded by employing infrastructure consultants, contractors, operators, and government agencies and can expect to progress into international senior level positions in civil, construction and environmental industries.

Programme Structure

This programme is modular and flexible and consists of nine core engineering modules.

Core modules

The core modules can include; Structural Design; Software Modelling; Conceptual Design of Buildings; Conceptual Design of Bridges; Active and Passive Structural Control; Vibration Engineering; Structural Health and Performance Monitoring; Introduction to Earthquake Engineering and Structural Engineering Dissertation

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation. It has particular value in developing transferable skills development including management skills, communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these skills will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

A world-class laboratory

The MSc Structural Engineering programme will take advantage of a cutting edge laboratory, with state of the art measurement and testing technology. This purpose-built teaching and research facility is dedicated to better understanding structural performance including in-situ testing and monitoring of prototype and real life structures. Featuring;
• Unique and reconfigurable prototype floor or footbridge structure weighing up to 15 tonnes
• Instruments capable of measuring static and dynamic structural movements from meter to nanometer
• Ambient and forced vibration testing, facilities including equipment and software
• Vibration control systems
• Individual and group human motion tracking and measurement systems
• Motion capture facilities

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

Student Profiles

Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a good honours degree from a recognised university. Please see the website for full information

Course Fees

See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") View Website

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