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MSc Structural Engineering

MSc Structural Engineering

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements
The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's course is a minimum Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  Please note that we consider grades achieved in key relevant modules in your undergraduate degree as well as the overall degree result.     

Full entry requirements

How to apply

We are introducing a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year that will benefit all applicants. 

This is a competitive application process and preference will be given to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements.  Applicants to the Commercial Project Management course are expected to demonstrate that they have a strong academic background in management. 

If we make you an offer, you will have 8 weeks in which to accept.  Offers that are not accepted within the 8 week period will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate in the next application stage.

Stage 1 : Application received by 12/11/18; decision communicated between 17/12/18 - 21/12/18

Stage 2 : Application received by 14/1/19; decision communicated between 25/2/19 - 1/3/19

Stage 3 : Application received by 18/3/19; decision communicated between 30/4/19 - 03/5/19

Stage 4 : Application received 6/5/19; decision communicated between 1/7/19 - 5/7/19

We will aim to give you a decision on your application in the decision period for your application stage.  However, in some instances it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next stage due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received.  We will contact you with an update on your application in the decision period if this is the case.

Please note: All places are subject to availability and some courses may close before the later stages.  We therefore recommend that you apply early in the admissions cycle to secure a place with us.  Applications received after the final deadline of 1/5/19 may be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer of study by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Further details about the supporting documentation we will require can be found below.

Apply online now

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course description

This MSc in Structural Engineering comprises eight taught course units worth 15 credits each and a research dissertation worth 60 credits. The taught units provide an introduction to experimental work and research methods and cover advanced aspects of theory and design principles relevant to the static and dynamic behaviour of structures, steel and concrete structures and finite element modelling. A particular highlight of the taught component of the course is studying the behaviour and design of structures against extreme loading including fire and earthquake, which is taught by internationally leading researchers and engineers.  As a large multi-disciplinary engineering school, MACE has academic staff who are experts in a broad range of research areas and have a wide spread of professional experience in industry. 

Open days

The 2018 postgraduate taught courses open day has now taken place. The next open day will take place in Autumn 2019. Further details will be published nearer the time on The University of Manchester website.

To find out more about The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering we would encourage you to take an online tour of our School and our facilities with our  Virtual Open Day .

Study fairs in the UK:  The University attends several  study fairs in the UK  each year.

Education fairs overseas:  We attend many  education fairs worldwide  each year, giving you the chance to meet representatives from The University of Manchester near you.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000
    International students (per annum): £23,000

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Panasonic Trust offers grants to UK engineers from industry. Details may be found on The Royal Academy of Engineering website which administers the Panasonic Trust.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 9219
Email
School/Faculty
See: About Us .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's course is a minimum Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  Please note that we consider grades achieved in key relevant modules in your undergraduate degree as well as the overall degree result.     

English language

All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in the English language. Applicants who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test such as IELTS or Pearson and attain the required English Language score:

IELTS: overall score 6.5 with no sub-test below 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): overall score of at least 59, with no sub-test below 51

IBT TOEFL: overall score of at least 90, with no sub-test below 22

Pre-sessional English: We also accept successful completion of the 10 week pre-sessional English course run by the University Language Centre to meet our English language requirements. The School requirement for the 10 week course is a valid IELTS score of at least 5.5 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.

Please note we do not accept the 6 or 3 week pre-sessional courses to meet our English requirements.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

We are introducing a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year that will benefit all applicants. 

This is a competitive application process and preference will be given to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements.  Applicants to the Commercial Project Management course are expected to demonstrate that they have a strong academic background in management. 

If we make you an offer, you will have 8 weeks in which to accept.  Offers that are not accepted within the 8 week period will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate in the next application stage.

Stage 1 : Application received by 12/11/18; decision communicated between 17/12/18 - 21/12/18

Stage 2 : Application received by 14/1/19; decision communicated between 25/2/19 - 1/3/19

Stage 3 : Application received by 18/3/19; decision communicated between 30/4/19 - 03/5/19

Stage 4 : Application received 6/5/19; decision communicated between 1/7/19 - 5/7/19

We will aim to give you a decision on your application in the decision period for your application stage.  However, in some instances it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next stage due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received.  We will contact you with an update on your application in the decision period if this is the case.

Please note: All places are subject to availability and some courses may close before the later stages.  We therefore recommend that you apply early in the admissions cycle to secure a place with us.  Applications received after the final deadline of 1/5/19 may be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer of study by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Further details about the supporting documentation we will require can be found below.

Apply online now

Advice to applicants

The following documents must be submitted with the application:
  • Latest transcripts of study showing all modules completed including credit weighting and grades achieved
  • If you have not yet graduated, a list of the modules that you will be completing in the final year of your degree together with their credit weighting
  • An official document from your university verifying your current weighted average mark if this information is not included in your transcript of study. Please note : this must be recorded as a percentage, not as a GPA grade, and must give the weighted average mark, not an arithmetic average mark
  • Two references that are dated, on official letterhead paper, and signed by the referee.

You must submit all these supporting documents with your application; if any of the above information is missing, this will cause a delay and may mean that your application will be rolled forward to the next stage or withdrawn.

Course details

Course description

This MSc in Structural Engineering comprises eight taught course units worth 15 credits each and a research dissertation worth 60 credits. The taught units provide an introduction to experimental work and research methods and cover advanced aspects of theory and design principles relevant to the static and dynamic behaviour of structures, steel and concrete structures and finite element modelling. A particular highlight of the taught component of the course is studying the behaviour and design of structures against extreme loading including fire and earthquake, which is taught by internationally leading researchers and engineers.  As a large multi-disciplinary engineering school, MACE has academic staff who are experts in a broad range of research areas and have a wide spread of professional experience in industry. 

Teaching and learning

Traditional lecture and tutorial-based teaching is supported by well-equipped laboratories for demonstrations and for experimental work and all taught units are also supported within a modern e-learning environment.  Dissertation research provides our students with training in research by investigating a novel and complex problem under the personal supervision of a MACE academic experienced in supervision for higher research degrees. Our teaching and learning philosophy involves teaching our students advanced techniques and supporting them to apply their knowledge to solve problems both in a research context and in industry when they graduate from The University of Manchester.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Experimental Methods (MSc Thermal Power & Fluids Engineering) MACE65021 15 Mandatory

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

We have been running a one year Master's course in Structural Engineering for over half a century and our graduates are in demand to work in many countries around the world as well as in the UK, in all sectors of the construction industry.

Our past students are working all over the world in some of the best multinational companies including Mott Macdonald, EDF, BP and many others.

Accrediting organisations

The programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as an Approved Further Learning Scheme meaning that that the qualification can be used to support an application to become a professional Charted Engineer.