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Structural Engineering (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-3 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

About this program

Structural Engineering (Taught)

This MSc offers you the knowledge and expertise for a career as a consulting structural engineer within this specialist professional area of civil engineering. It is designed to provide specialist postgraduate professional development across the areas of steel, concrete and timber design, structural dynamics, and structural mechanics. It will provide you with a sound scientific, technical and commercial understanding of structural engineering issues and practice, while training you in engineering research methods in order to develop a range of related transferable skills. It will cover the diverse nature of structural engineering through the integration of knowledge from mechanics, materials, structural analysis and structural design. You will gain new advanced level skills in engineering theory and practice related to the management of structural engineering challenges.

Admission requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in Civil, Structural or Architectural Engineering or a similar field from a UK university, or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have relevant industrial experience we will give your application individual consideration.

Entry to courses in Engineering will be subject to the University requirements for English language.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Structural Engineering (Taught) (Full time)

Year one

  • Dissertation (Civil, Structural, Geoenvironmental, Water)
  • Steel Structures
  • Numerical Techniques in Structural Engineering
  • Professional Engineering Studies
  • Dynamics
  • FE Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics
  • Engineering Case Study
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Building Studies

Structural Engineering (Taught) (Full time)

Year one

Optional modules

  • Steel Structures
  • Numerical Techniques in Structural Engineering
  • Professional Engineering Studies
  • Dynamics
  • FE Theory and Practice
  • Fundamentals of Nanomechanics
  • Big Data and AI in Civil Engineering
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics
  • Theoretical Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Case Study
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Building Studies
  • Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling

Year two

Optional modules

  • Steel Structures
  • Numerical Techniques in Structural Engineering
  • Professional Engineering Studies
  • Dynamics
  • FE Theory and Practice
  • Fundamentals of Nanomechanics
  • Big Data and AI in Civil Engineering
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics
  • Theoretical Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Case Study
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Building Studies
  • Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling

Year three

Core modules

Dissertation (Civil, Structural, Geoenvironmental, Water)

Optional modules

  • Steel Structures
  • Numerical Techniques in Structural Engineering
  • Professional Engineering Studies
  • Dynamics
  • FE Theory and Practice
  • Fundamentals of Nanomechanics
  • Big Data and AI in Civil Engineering
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics
  • Theoretical Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Case Study
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Building Studies
  • Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

Full-Time tuition fees

  • UK students:£10,200
  • International students:£23,450

Part-Time tuition fees

  • UK students:£3,400
  • International students:£7,816

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a student on this MSc program, the skills that you will practise and develop are as follows:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the multi-disciplinary nature of structural engineering and the need for the integration of knowledge from a range of engineering disciplines in the management of structural engineering challenges.
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles of steel and timber behaviour and their application in design codes.
  • Critically compare the engineering and mathematical approach to elasticity.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of several cement-based composites and the use of fracture mechanics in concrete design.
  • Understand the causes and techniques for analysing structural motion and relate these to the design of buildings.
  • Understand the basis of the finite element finite difference methods and apply the methods to 2D structural problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge which is at the forefront of a range of disciplines selected from structural, geotechnical, environmental and highway engineering and the management of engineering.

Intellectual skills

  • Use knowledge and scientific, evidence-based methods in the assessment and solution of structural engineering challenges, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information.
  • Deal with complex structural engineering issues both systematically and creatively.
  • Show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Critically review the background to a structural engineering problem and to formulate a program of works to address the issue.
  • Systematically undertake a significant research project in structural engineering which includes originality in the application of knowledge and the exercise of critical engineering judgement.
  • Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways, and identify means to gain new data where needed.
  • Conceive, plan, execute, and communicate the results of an extended in-depth piece of individual project work.
  • Sustain a critical argument, both in writing and through presentations.

Practical skills

  • Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of structural engineering problems.

Transferable skills

  • Manipulate, present and report data in a variety of ways.
  • Manage resources and time.
  • Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written, and physical or practical means.

Career paths

This course's graduate employment record is excellent, with the majority of graduates joining engineering consultancies.

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Cardiff University

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