M.Sc. Civil Engineering: Structural Engineering

University of Nottingham

Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,010 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 17,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This course aims to provide you with the technical knowledge and skills to develop the analytical, decision-making and critical powers required to solve civil engineering problems, along with the transferable skills to enable a leading career in civil engineering.

An innovative feature of the MSc Civil Engineering is that the degree title can be augmented to include a subject theme (in this case, Structural Engineering) by choosing specific modules in the first two semesters and completing a project related to the theme.

As such, you will concentrate on the technical knowledge and skills relevant to the field of structural engineering for the award of MSc Civil Engineering: Structural Engineering.

Key facts

* We have recently invested over £3m into upgrading our facilities.
* The Faculty of Engineering conducts research that has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the UKs top ten universities for engineering.
* The department has extensive links with industrial sponsors and other organisations, locally, nationally and internationally.
* Our research is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK industrial and commercial companies, UK government departments, charities and the European Union.


The compulsory modules taken on this course are designed to give you a strong foundation in the skills and methodology necessary to successfully complete your research project over the summer period.

By taking the MSc Civil Engineering: Structural Engineering, you will be expected to focus these core modules and your subsequent research project on an issue relating to Structural Engineering.

The course is taught through lectures, tutorials, projects and student-centred learning.

In addition, you will be able to choose from a number of optional modules to either further develop your studies in this area or to include other topics offered from an approved list of civil engineering modules.

Over the summer period, you will undertake a research project on a subject of your choice relating to structural engineering. The research project is a chance to carry out a major piece of independent research under the supervision of a suitable member of academic staff.

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) undergraduate first degree.

Core modules

* Research Project Literature Review
* Research Project Organisation and Planning

Optional modules

* Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics
* Wind Engineering and Energy
* Coastal Engineering 10 credits
* Advanced Concrete Structures
* Advanced Pavement Materials
* Natural Hazards and Environmental Fluid Mechanics
* Critical State Soil Mechanics
* System Reliability Engineering
* Construction Planning and Processes
* Traffic Engineering
* Advanced Properties of Concrete
* Geology for Civil Engineers
* Plates and Shells
* Geospatial Engineering 2
* Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
* Environmental Geotechnology (limited places)

Can include a maximum of two of the following modules:

* Steel Structures
* Railway Engineering
* Sustainable Construction
* Pavement Engineering
* Foundations and Earthworks
* Geospatial Engineering 1
* Construction Management 3
* Environmental Geotechnology

Please note that all module details are subject to change.


* Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
* Including:Civil Engineering or closely related degrees.
* Excluding:All Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences and most other Engineering subjects
* Other requirements:Applicants need to have studied multiple courses in Structures, Geotechnics and Fluids
* IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
* Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:62 (minimum 55)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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