MSc Structural Engineering with Management

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years, 4 years
  • Engineering
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Visit the Accreditation tab for more information.
  • Taught within a rewarding and dynamic learning environment, by an internationally leading academic team
  • Utilises state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Enables you to focus on developing your technical engineering skills, as well as your management skills

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.

Alongside the core engineering modules, you will also study two management modules taught by the Business School which will help you develop transferable professional management skills that will enhance your study experience and improve your career prospects.

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, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.

MSc Structural Engineering with Management consists of eight core engineering modules totalling 150 credits, which includes the 60-credit Engineering MSc project and one option module.

The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The Engineering MSc project, under the personal supervision of a research expert in the chosen area, continues until September.

The modules we outline 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.

Part-Time Postgraduate Study

The following MSc Engineering programmes are available taught over 2 or 4 years:


Pricing for the part-time programmes is scaled with the full time MSc.

4-year programme = ¼ full-time fees per year

2-year programme = ½ full-time fees per year

Please note: Fees are subject to an annual increase in line with University pricing.

If you are being sponsored by your company please attach a sponsorship letter with your application so that we can invoice appropriately.

Learning and teaching

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.

The programme will have 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.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now placed in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.

A research- and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

A brand new world-class laboratory

Following recent multi-million pound investment in civil structural engineering at the university, the MSc Structural Engineering programme will take advantage of a brand-new laboratory, with state of the art measurement and testing technology.
This new, 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.

  • 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

Maths support

Throughout your studies you will have access to support materials designed to refresh your knowledge of engineering mathematics. Mathematics for Engineers is a non-credit bearing online resource that covers the mathematics needed to undertake an MSc. It is an invaluable revision tool for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of common mathematical topics.

Topics covered include:

  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Complex numbers
  • Vectors
  • Matrices
  • Differential equations
  • Partial differentiation
  • Vector calculus
  • Numerical methods
  • Probability and statistics‌ ‌

Sample mathematics test

Unsure whether your maths is good enough for an MSc? Take the short test below to find out. This has been developed in conjunction with the Mathematics for Engineers module and covers many of the topics listed above.

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Training for the demands of global construction, today

There is considerable demand in the workplace for graduates with knowledge in both a specialist technology area and in management, particularly in the modern tools and techniques to support the management of a dynamically changing engineering business.

Successful graduates can progress into international senior level positions in civil, construction, environment, insurance and asset management and investment industries.

The University of Exeter has an established reputation of training tomorrow's great minds to a high standard, so when it comes to life after graduation you can be confident that you are starting your next professional adventure in a prime, leading position. All programmes are designed so you not only get a second to none education in your area of choice, but you also are equipped with the correct vocational skills to achieve success in the working world or in further study.

All students, current and alumni, receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of the career planning cycle. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is the home of a wealth of business and industry contacts. Additionally, they host useful training events, workshops and lectures which are designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for additional information on their services.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited as a technical programme*, meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

It should be noted that prior to enrolling on this programme, those applicants with an IEng or a non-accredited first degree who are intending to pursue a professional qualification at Chartered level should contact one of the JBM member institutions for advice on the recognition status of their qualifications. Candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment with the relevant engineering institution to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

Please note that this accreditation applies from 2019 entry onwards. The 2018 course is accredited as a non-technical programme. 

Research areas

The Vibration Engineering group at have worked on almost 200 commercial research and consultancy projects over the last 25 years involving

  • dynamic testing and analytical modelling
  • short and long-term vibration monitoring
  • vibration serviceability of large and full-scale structures in open space environments

Vibration engineering is underpinned by developments in measuring and modelling human dynamic loads based on a biodynamics approach. These loads are usually the key source of vibration serviceability problems. We can couple human dynamic load modelling with finite element modelling and model correlation and updating, based on dynamic testing of as-built large civil engineering structures.

We have international expertise in structural health monitoring and extensive experience of full-scale testing of civil structures. We can undertake deep data driven assessment of civil engineering structures, based on novel on-line and real-time performance anomaly detection using operational modal analysis and data mining tools. These are currently employed on a number of full-scale structures in the UK and overseas.

International industrial connections

Entry requirements

A good degree (normally a 2:2) in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

Overall score 176. No less than 169 in any section.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £10,000 full-time; either £5,000 per year or £2,500 per year when studied part-time (2 or 4 years)
  • International: £23,000 full-time

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

  • UK/EU: £10,500 full-time; either £5,250 per year or £2,625 per year when studied part-time (2 or 4 years)
  • International: £23,700 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Masters Scholarships

There are currently three generous scholarships available for our MSc course, one of which includes full tuition fees and living expenses. View the funding for postgraduates page on the college website for further information and application forms.

Fully funded PhD scholarship available

There are excellent opportunities for research at Exeter. For high performing students, full scholarships for PhD study will be available

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

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