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Structural Engineering MSc

Structural Engineering - Masters Course


Structural Engineering is at the heart of any developed or developing country. Virtually everything that you see in the modern world involves a structure of some shape or form. These include a huge variety of buildings, bridges, railways, airports, water supply systems, water treatment plants, flood defence schemes, oil and gas process plants and power stations. Many examples of construction that remain from the ancient world are also fine examples of structural engineering.

Structural engineers help to make, shape and maintain the built environment. They are professionals who enjoy innovation, challenges, opportunities, responsibility and excitement in a varied and very satisfying career. Structural engineering is a profession that provides a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference to peoples' lives and their environment.

This course is strongly linked to the School of Civil Engineering, local and regional industry and the Yorkshire Branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).

Course duration: 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time)
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £16,800
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £5,000 available.
Accreditation: 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 by the Joint Board of Moderators under licence from the UK regulator the Engineering Council.

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This course is also accredited by EUR-ACE, the European quality label for engineering degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level.



The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2013. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 60 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Design and Management of Structures in Earthquake Zones 15
Advanced Structural Analysis 15
Design Optimisation 15
Advanced Concrete Design 15
Research Project 60
Foundation Engineering 15
Advanced Steel and Composite Design 15
Structural Engineering Design Project 30

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
Upon completion of the course you will have greatly enhanced your ability to obtain status as a Chartered Structural Engineer. You may expect to find employment in the major structural engineering consulting practices. Opportunities also exist with multidisciplinary consulting organisations. If you are taking the course on a part-time basis, you will return to your existing jobs with enhanced potential for progression.

Career destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

Entry requirement for recent graduates
A degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours (2:1) degree or higher in civil engineering or a related subject. Applicants are required to provide a statement detailing their experience in structural engineering including structural analysis, the design of reinforced concrete and steelwork structures and foundations.

Entry requirement for graduates with at least 3 years relevant work experience
A minimum of a degree equivalent to a UK second class honours (2:2) degree in civil engineering or a related subject, or associate membership of an appropriate professional engineering institution. Applicants are required to provide a statement detailing their experience in structural engineering, structural analysis, the design of reinforced concrete and steelwork structures and foundations.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for one of our masters courses is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer, you can download an application form to print out and complete. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2302.