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Structural Engineering - MSc


Course Description

This well-established and fully accredited MSc programme will develop the knowledge and skills acquired in your undergraduate programme. It builds the advanced capabilities in analysis and codified design in specialised aspects of structural engineering that are required by industry.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our Structural Engineering postgraduate programme is delivered by the Faculty’s own staff, together with practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities.

For practising engineers engaged in the planning, design and construction of structural engineering works, this programme provides an opportunity to update their knowledge of current design practice and to become familiar with developments in codes and methods of analysis.

You will be able to choose from a rich and varied selection of specialist structural engineering subjects. The programme is offered in the standard full-time mode, in addition to part-time and distance learning options.

Graduates from the programme are highly employable and may progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time or distance learning over two to five academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation project.

This degree is 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) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Structural Engineering Group Modules
-Steel Building Design
-Space Structures
-Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements
-Subsea Engineering
-Concrete Building Design
-Structural Safety and Reliability
-Earthquake Engineering
-Design of Masonry Structures

Bridge Engineering Group Modules
-Bridge Deck Loading and Analysis
-Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
-Durability of Bridges and Structures
-Bridge Management
-Steel and Composite Bridge Design
-Long-Span Bridges

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules
-Advanced Soil Mechanics
-Energy Geotechnics
-Geotechnical Structures
-Soil-Structure Interaction
-Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures

Construction Management Group Modules
-Construction Management and Law
-Construction Organisation
-Project and Risk Management

Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules
-Infrastructure Investment and Financing
-Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
-Infrastructure Asset Management
-Sustainability and Infrastructure

Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules
-Environmental Health
-Water Treatment
-Wastewater Treatment
-Applied Chemistry and Microbiology
-Pollution Control
-Groundwater Control
-Regulation and Management
-Water Resources

Dissertation
-Dissertation Project

Apart from the usual full-time mode, there are also part-time options. The majority of Bridge, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering modules can be studied by distance learning through the use of an interactive web-based e-learning platform (SurreyLearn). This programme can be studied via distance learning, which allows a high level of flexibility and enables you to study alongside other commitments you may have.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme aims to provide graduates with:
-A comprehensive understanding of engineering mechanics for structural analysis
-The ability to select and apply the most appropriate analysis methodology for problems in structural engineering including advanced and new methods
-The ability to design structures in a variety of construction materials
-A working knowledge of the key UK and European standards and codes of practice associated with the design, analysis and construction of civil engineering structures and the ability to interpret and apply these to both familiar and unfamiliar problems
-The necessary technical further learning towards fulfilling the educational base for the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
-A knowledge and understanding of the key UK and European standards and codes of practice relating to structural engineering
-The ability to interpret and apply the appropriate UK and European standards and codes of practice to structural design for both familiar and unfamiliar situations
-A knowledge and understanding of the construction of different types of structures using different types of materials (e.g. concrete and steel)
-A knowledge and understanding of the common and less common materials used in structural engineering
-A comprehensive understanding of the principles of engineering mechanics underpinning structural engineering
-The ability to critically evaluate structural engineering concepts
-The ability to apply the appropriate analysis methodologies to common structural engineering problems as well as unfamiliar problems
-The ability to understand the limitations of structural analysis methods
-A knowledge and understanding to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete
-A Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development related to structures
-The awareness of the commercial, social and environmental impacts associated with structures
-An awareness and ability to make general evaluations of risk associated with the design and construction of structures including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk
-A critical awareness of new developments in the field of structural engineering

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-The ability to tackle problems familiar or otherwise which have uncertain or incomplete data
-The ability to generate innovative structural designs
-The ability to use theory or experimental research to improve design and/or analysis
-The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
-Produce sound designs to meet specified requirements such as Eurocodes, deploying commercial software packages as appropriate
-Synthesis and critical appraisal of the thoughts of others

Professional practical skills
-The awareness of professional and ethical conduct
-A Knowledge and understanding of structural engineering in a commercial/business context
-Ability to use computer software to assist towards structural analysis
-Ability to produce a high quality report
-Ability of carry out technical oral presentations

Key / transferable skills
-Communicate engineering design, concepts, analysis and data in a clear and effective manner
-Collect and analyse research data
-Time and resource management planning

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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

(Student Profile)

Polyvios Oikonomou

603.jpg I came to the University of Surrey when I was 18, 5 years ago, joining the course of Civil Engineering. I have to admit that through my entire experience the university helped me in various and important ways.

Most specifically, I had the opportunity to understand and identify the importance and meaning of the subject I was interested in, and now as an extension of the course I have the chance to specialise in structural engineering.

Furthermore, what really needs to be addressed is the environment and the location of the university, which help the students in everyday life to gain energy and confidence. I think it helped a lot to be always near the lake and trees; anywhere that has so much green is related to life.

Finally, what really helped me and other foreign students, is the variety of nationalities of students at Surrey; it is absolutely remarkable how many different students from different countries there are.

It is amazing, because apart from the fact that nobody ever feels like a stranger, students have the chance to meet different people with different traditions and it helps the student gain a better view of life in general. No matter how different the students are, they co-operate with each other and they realise how many common things they have. It is interests that bring people together, not the place or the language...

The university also offers some very good facilities for all kinds of interests such as Gym, football, basketball, dancing, etc but from my point of view what really made the difference were the 3 parameters discussed above (level of course, great environment and variety of nationalities). I really think the university helped me, mostly in identifying what is best for myself and my future, and my everyday life was just great.

(Student Profile)

Mina Giagia

I have always been interested in structures and doing an MSc in that field was my dream.
Having worked in a construction company before, and already possessing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, I was keen to expand my knowledge in structural engineering. This course provides an attractive programme structure with a good variety of interesting modules. Given that engineering is a demanding degree on its own, advanced engineering, emphasising structures in particular, can be a challenge. At University, I have the full support of my family and friends, my personal tutor and the programme director, along with the staff in my department.
What is fascinating about this degree is the extent to which it both covers and promotes the practical capabilities necessary for an engineer. Focusing on design of the most commonly used structural materials, along with the construction aspect, what more can an engineer seek? This course offers a substantial range of skills, but requires complete devotion and a lot of work. For anyone who is determined to put a lot of effort in and is enthusiastic about engineering, it will be a greatly profitable experience.

(Student Profile)

Evangelos Alexakis

Structural Engineering is one of the most challenging disciplines of engineering. Surrey’s MSc programme gave me the opportunity to meet the needs of engineers engaged in the field of structural engineering, and enhance my expertise in this area.

As I progressed throughout my degree, I developed as an individual and as part of a team. Having studied full-time, the course pushed the boundaries of what I thought I could achieve, which was really rewarding.

Experienced academic members of staff, in combination with visiting specialist lecturers, greatly enhanced my analytical problem-solving skills and the support facilities provided me with all the necessary resources to complete a number of challenging projects.

Surrey’s MSc in Structural Engineering was a career-orientated course, covering both theoretical and practical design considerations, which enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the field thus providing me with the means to get where I am today; working as a Structural Engineer in the oil and gas industry.

(Student Profile)

MINA GIAGIA

I have always been interested in structures and doing an MSc in that field was my dream. Having worked in a construction company before, and already possessing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, I was keen to expand my knowledge in structural engineering. This course provides an attractive programme structure with a good variety of interesting modules. Given that engineering is a demanding degree on its own, advanced engineering, emphasising structures in particular, can be a challenge. At University, I have the full support of my family and friends, my personal tutor and the programme director, along with the staff in my department.

What is fascinating about this degree is the extent to which it both covers and promotes the practical capabilities necessary for an engineer. Focusing on design of the most commonly used structural materials, along with the construction aspect, what more can an engineer seek? This course offers a substantial range of skills, but requires complete devotion and a lot of work. For anyone who is determined to put a lot of effort in and is enthusiastic about engineering, it will be a greatly profitable experience.


(Scholarship)

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


(Scholarship)

GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)

5,000

Eligibility

The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/scholarships/great-surrey-scholarships-india



Entry Requirements

A minimum of 60 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering accredited to CEng with a minimum of 60 per cent in (Structures and Codified Design subjects). Alternatively a minimum of 70 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering accredited to IEng, plus approval from the relevant institution. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome. Alternatively, at least five years’ relevant industrial experience (preferably codified design) or a professional qualification (for example, CEng).

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