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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Structural Engineering

MSc/PGDip/PGCert Structural Engineering

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Structural Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

Structural engineers make a huge contribution to everyday life. From skyscrapers and megastructures to bridges and tunnels networks, they ensure they are fit for purpose, can withstand natural disasters and make the best use of resources. This specialised postgraduate course provides engineering graduates and experienced professionals with advanced knowledge of structures, ready to meet the challenges of the modern engineering practice.

Delivered through a programme of specialist modules, you'll blend theoretical knowledge with contemporary methodology and practice. You'll look at how advanced technology and computer-aided design is reshaping construction practice. You'll look at bridges and tall building engineering in detail, and explore how seismic analysis influences design.

The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Highways) as fully satisfying the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Learning is delivered by Salford's engineering team, winners of the Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering Education (Won in 2012 and 2015, Commended 2018).

This course meets 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 Eng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

You will:

  • Develop the skills and knowledge so you're ready to meet the challenges of contemporary structural engineering
  • Follow a professionally-accredited programme leading to chartered status
  • Understand how technology is driving change in building design and construction practice
  • Explore specific issues related to tall buildings and bridge engineering
  • Learn from IStructE award-winning academics


The majority of the teaching and learning will be delivered through lectures and tutorials. Engineers from the industry will contribute to the specialist areas of the syllabus as guest lecturers. Group laboratory work delivered in purpose-built facilities will relate theory to practical application. There is a strong emphasis in developing the skills for guided self-learning.

During your studies, you'll be encouraged to attend meetings professional institution meetings, where topics relevant to the course are discussed. Where possible, you'll have the opportunity to make pertinent site visits and receive guest lectures.


Taught modules are assessed using both coursework and examination. Typically, the split is coursework 40%, examination 50% and dissertation 10%.



This course is recommended for graduates with a relevant engineering degree, or professional experience, who was a career in structural engineering.

Different course options

Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will consolidate and enhance the students current knowledge of analysis techniques specifically for use in structural design. The module will develop your understanding of structural mechanics and its application to real structural engineering problems. On completion of the module you should have an ability to select structural form, as dictated by a client brief, an understanding of the behaviour of structural elements, their framing and function and be able to apply current codes of practice. Courseworks will require the use of computer programming to aid the design process. The final examination requires the solution of an open ended design problem, modelled on the Institution of Structural Engineers Part 3 chartered membership examination, (with a view to providing the students with an experience of the pathway to becoming a professional engineer).

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum 2:2 Honours Degree in an appropriate honours degree, such as civil engineering or structural engineering. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

University information

The University of Salford’s campus is based across three sites, with Peel Park within walking distance of Manchester. More than 3,000 postgraduate students study taught and research degrees each year, contributing to some of Salford’s nationally and internationally-recognised research projects. There are four academic schools at the University of Salford: School of Arts and Media School of Health and Society Salford Business...more