Do you want to develop your capabilities in the analysis and codifying of design in specialised aspects of structural engineering? If so, this programme is for you. On our course you will build up your knowledge gained from your undergraduate programme, and upon completion of the MSc, put your skills into action with businesses that so demand your expertise.
Graduate students should find the programme of substantial benefit in developing the knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate programme, particularly in gaining advanced capabilities in the areas of analysis and codified design in specialised aspects of structural engineering that are required by industry.
Our Structural Engineering postgraduate programme is organised and delivered by the Faculty’s own staff, as well as practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities.
For practising engineers engaged in the planning, design and construction of structural engineering works, the programme provides an opportunity to update their knowledge of current design practice and to familiarise themselves with developments in codes and methods of analysis.
You will be able to choose from a rich and varied selection of specialist structural engineering subjects. Apart from the usual full-time mode, there are also part-time options. The programme may also be studied by distance learning
The modular arrangement is intended to tailor the programme to your individual needs and provide maximum flexibility in terms of attendance of full-time and part-time students.
The majority of modules run for eleven weeks and comprise approximately 33 hours (three hours per week) of class time and 120 hours of self-study and assignments.
Successful completion of four modules is required for a student to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, eight modules for a Postgraduate Diploma. Eight modules and a dissertation are required for the award of an MSc.
Individual modules can be used to contribute towards a continuing professional development programme.
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. Further information is available on the Joint Board of Moderators website.
To achieve the MSc Structural Engineering, you will need to pass eight modules, with at least four being chosen from the Structural Engineering group of modules and a further two from the Structural or Bridge Engineering groups of modules. The remaining two modules are a free choice from all the Civil Engineering module groups.
There are over 30 modules available, each worth 15 credits, covering the general areas of bridge engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, water engineering and construction management. The MSc is classified as technical for the purpose of accreditation by the relevant professional bodies.
Civil Engineering module groups
MSc programmes in Bridge Engineering, Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering share module options. The modules fall under five streams of study:
Bridge Engineering modules
Structural Engineering modules
Construction Management modules
Geotechnical Engineering modules
Water Engineering modules *
* Students must meet prerequisites for some of these modules to be able to take them.
These courses have been accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).
MSc Structural Engineering (technical) (1 year FT, 2-5 year PT and DL)
This degree is accredited as 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 www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
Further Learning Programme (for candidates with IEng approved HND/HNC/FdEng/FdSci)
This programme is approved as meeting the Further Learning requirements for an Incorporated Engineer for candidates who have an IEng approved first qualification. See www.jbm.org.uk for details of approved qualifications.
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You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
A minimum of 60 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering accredited to CEng, or a minimum of 70 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering accredited to IEng. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome. Alternatively, at least five years’ relevant industrial experience (preferably codified design) or a professional qualification (for example, CEng).
English language requirements
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumni of Surrey you could be eligible for a 10% discount on our Taught Masters programme fees.
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