Structural Engineering MSc

Key information

Start date: February 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 5 years

Distance-learning: 5 years

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 5 years

Distance-learning: 5 years

Why choose this course

Structural engineers create the ‘bones and muscles’ of human-made structures.

Running since 1966, our MSc Structural Engineering course allows you to choose from a rich and varied selection of specialist structural engineering subjects.

You’ll be taught by forward-thinking academics at the top of their field, as well as practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities. You will also benefit from the exceptional facilities that Surrey has to offer.

This course is offered as standard full-time study, but there are also part-time and distance learning options available.

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What you will study

Our well-established and fully-accredited MSc in Structural Engineering will enable you to develop advanced capabilities in analysis and codified design in the specialised areas of structural engineering. As a student on this course, you’ll have the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired from your undergraduate studies.

If you are a practising engineer engaged in the planning, design and construction of structural engineering works, this course will provide you with an opportunity to update your knowledge of current design practice and become familiar with new developments in codes and methods of analysis.

Distance learning

Surrey is one of the only universities in the UK to offer MSc courses in civil and environmental engineering through distance learning. This flexible option allows you to study for our distinctive, accredited MSc courses from anywhere in the world, without the need to relocate or give up your existing job.

As a distance learner, you will study eight modules and complete a dissertation in your chosen subject (like full-time and part-time students) but can take up to five years to complete your masters. You’ll be able to access all module materials through our virtual learning environment SurreyLearn and arrange to take end-of-module exams at a local university.

Learn more about distance learning programmes (PDF).

Academic support, facilities and equipment

As part of your learning experience, you will have at your disposal a wide range of relevant software, including ANSYS, ABAQUS, DIANA, SAP 2000, Integer SuperSTRESS, LUSAS, CRISP, MATLAB, PertMaster DRACULA and VISSIM.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Professional recognition

MSc - Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
Accredited by CIHT as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
Accredited by IHE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Accredited by ICE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
Accredited by IStructE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)
This Programme is accredited by the European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take four modules from the Structures Group, a further two modules from the Bridge or Structures Group and the last two modules can be from any group.

Structural Engineering Group:
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM043 Spatial Structures
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering

Bridge Engineering Group:
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design

Construction Management Group:
ENGM292 Construction Management Administration & Law
ENGM293 Corporate and Project Management

Infrastructure Engineering Group:
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling

Water Engineering Group:
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health

Geotechnical Engineering Group:
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take four modules from the Structures Group, a further two modules from the Bridge or Structures Group and the last two modules can be from any group.

Structural Engineering Group:
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM043 Spatial Structures
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering

Bridge Engineering Group:
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design

Construction Management Group:
ENGM292 Construction Management Administration & Law
ENGM293 Corporate and Project Management

Infrastructure Engineering Group:
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling

Water Engineering Group:
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health

Geotechnical Engineering Group:
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) DL - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take four modules from the Structures Group, a further two modules from the Bridge or Structures Group and the last two modules can be from any group.

Structural Engineering Group:
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM043 Spatial Structures
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering

Bridge Engineering Group:
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design

Construction Management Group:
ENGM292 Construction Management Administration & Law
ENGM293 Corporate and Project Management

Infrastructure Engineering Group:
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling

Water Engineering Group:
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health

Geotechnical Engineering Group:
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

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. We'll also accept a recognised equivalent international qualification. At least five years of relevant industrial experience (preferably codified design) or a professional qualification (for example, CEng) will also be considered if you don’t meet these requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Start date: February 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £10,000

Overseas £20,400

Part-time

UK/EU £1,100*

Overseas £2,200*

Distance-learning

UK/EU £1,100*

Overseas £2,200*

Start date: October 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £10,300

Overseas £21,000

Part-time

UK/EU £1,100*

Overseas £2,300*

Distance-learning

UK/EU £1,100*

Overseas £2,300*

* per 15 credits

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on an unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown is per 15 credits for the 2020-21 academic year. The fee payable in subsequent years will be reviewed annually.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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Address

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