Structural engineers are responsible for the design of high-rise buildings, industrial complexes, bridges, stadiums, and sporting and exhibition centres. Structural engineers need to show innovation and apply artistic, creative and technical skills to design. They must understand how forces (such as the weight of a building, its contents, and environmental loads such as wind and earthquake loads) are resisted by, and transferred through, structures and buildings to the ground.
The Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) is a 3 year full-time course delivering technical and professional outcomes that will allow you to be recognised as an Australian graduate engineer in this field. This degree has been given full accreditation at the level of Professional Engineering by the industry governing body, Engineers Australia http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/
If your bachelor's degree included foundational engineering units, you may be given advanced standing in the Master of Professional Engineering. Entry pathways are available for students with widely varying backgrounds.
In this course you will engage in areas of study including concrete structures, steel structures, and structural dynamics.
The MPE is comprised of foundation units of study, elective units in the area of your specialisation and a 12-week practical industry experience component. There are also a number of professional electives you can choose from and a capstone project in your final year.
If you are interested in continuing on to complete a research degree, a research dissertation can act as a research pathway.