MSc Structural Engineering

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

Overview

  • 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.
  • Taught within a rewarding and dynamic learning environment, by an internationally leading academic team
  • Utilises state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Option to include additional management modules into the programme, through the MSc Structural Engineering with Management pathway

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.

MSc Structural Engineering with Management pathway available

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Programme structure

This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.

MSc Structural Engineering consists of nine core engineering modules totalling 150 credits, which includes the 60-credit Engineering MSc project.

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.

Flexible, Part-Time Graduate Study

Undertake postgraduate level study, without leaving your job

  • Enables industry professionals to learn and earn – part time study, with intensive module blocks
  • Gain an MSc in either 2 or 4 years – each module is delivered in an intensive 2 or 3 week period at the University of Exeter
  • Deliver a Project based on your expertise – a 60 credit Project can be focussed on your company
  • Fully accredited degree programmes

These MSc Engineering programmes are available as either a 2-year or 4-year part-time study.

  • MSc Water Engineering 
  • MSc Structural Engineering 
  • MSc Civil Engineering
  • MSc Materials Engineering
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering 
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering with Management
  • MSc Materials Engineering with Management
  • MSc Civil Engineering with Management 
  • MSc Structural Engineering with Management
  • MSc Water Engineering with Management

Structure

To complete an MSc 180 credits need to be completed, of which there are 8 x 15-credit taught modules and an additional 60-credit Project.

Each 15-credit module is delivered in an intensive 2-3 week block at the University of Exeter. This allows part-time students in full-time employment to complete their programme in short, concentrated blocks.

Modules are taught once per year, and precise dates of each module will be made available. It is not possible to delay modules and due to the intensive programme, students must attend all sessions.

All modules will be taught to both full and part-time students.

Example Structure – 2-year programme

Year 1

Term 1

Module 1 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Module 2 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1-2 days

 

Term 2

Module 3 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Module 4 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1-2 days

Year 2

Term 1

Module 5 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Module 6 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1-2 days

 

Term 2

Module 7 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Module 8 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1-2 days

 

Term 3

Project (60)

Distance Learning

Example Structure – 4-year programme

Year 1

Term 1

Module 1 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1 day

 

Term 2

Module 2 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1 day

Year 2

Term 1

Module 3 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1 day

 

Term 2

Module 4 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1 day

Year 3

Term 1

Module 5 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1 day

 

Term 2

Module 6 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1 day

Year 4

Term 1

Module 7 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1 day

 

Term 2

Module 8 (15)

2-3 weeks

   

Exams

1 day

 

Term 3

Project (60)

Distance Learning

Modules

1 19 September 2016 ECMM113 Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise
1 19 September 2016 ECMM171 Programming for Engineering
2 10 October 2016 ECMM107 Mechanics of Materials
2 10 October 2016 ECMM149 Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
2 10 October 2016 ECMM124 Hydroinformatics Tools
3 31 October 2016 ECMM112 Manufacturing Supply Chain Management
3 31 October 2016 ECMM136 Systems Analysis in Engineering
3 31 October 2016 ECMM127 Advanced Materials Engineering
3 31 October 2016 ECMM150 Structural Design
3 31 October 2016 ECMM133 Water Supply and Distribution Management
4 21 November 2016 ECM3153 Management of Product Development
4 21 November 2016 ECMM148 Advanced CFD
4 21 November 2016 ECMM160 Engineering Materials and the Environment
4 21 November 2016 ECMM109 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
4 21 November 2016 ECMM153 Conceptual Design of Buildings
4 21 November 2016 ECMM162 Water Management in Developing Countries
5 16 January 2017 ECMM128 Management Concepts
5 16 January 2017 ECMM163 Sustainable Engineering
5 16 January 2017 ECMM140 Vibration Engineering
6 06 February 2017 ECMM168 Project Management
6 06 February 2017 ECMM142 Contemporary Advanced Materials Research
6 06 February 2017 ECMM108 Advanced Structural Engineering
6 06 February 2017 ECMM151 Introduction to Earthquake Engineering
6 06 February 2017 ECMM134 Environmental Processes
7 27 February 2017 ECMM172 Management Science
7 27 February 2017 ECMM158 Active and Passive Structural Control
7 27 February 2017 ECMM110 Water and Environmental Systems
8 20 March 2017 ECMM103 Computer Aided Engineering Design
8 20 March 2017 ECMM159 Structural Health Monitoring
8 20 March 2017 ECMM132 Urban Drainage and Waste Water Management

Pricing

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

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

2-year programme = ½ full-time price 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.
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

Careers

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.

Professional accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators under licence from the UK regulator, 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. 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 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.

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 2017

A good honours degree from a recognised university. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications

Non-engineering graduates are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information

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.

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.

TOEFL IBT*

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 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £9,000 full-time
  • International: £21,000 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

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