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Structural Engineering MSc

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, withstand natural disasters and make the best use of resources. This specialised postgraduate programme provides engineering graduates and experienced professionals to build advanced knowledge of structures. You'll be well-equipped to meet the challenges of the modern engineering industry. 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, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Highways & Transportation) as fully satisfying requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Taught modules are assessed using both coursework and examination. Typically, the split is coursework 42%, examination 47% and dissertation 11%. Course graduates will be well equipped to meet the challenges of contemporary engineering. They may occupy pivotal appointments in prestigious building schemes and the prospect of a challenging career to provide and protect the infrastructure that underpins society. Graduates typically work as a structural engineer in a design office, or for an engineering consultancy. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.

Some of our graduates choose to progress to postgraduate and doctoral research in our Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC). The Centre aims to build on our world-class research and provide industry with guidance and expertise in 21st-century technology for business success and economic growth. Research at the Centre is supported by EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission funding, as well as direct investment from industry. Our engineering hub conducts leading research in structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering and hydraulics. Postgraduate research opportunities within these fields are available for structural engineering graduates.

Different course options

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

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity exercise what you have learned in a research (student driven) environment. This is carried out under the direction of an academic supervisor and may involve a range of high-level coordinated academic and practical work.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have an appropriate honours degree such as civil engineering or structural engineering.

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