MSc in Structural Engineering


Program Description

MSc in Structural Engineering

The MSc in Structural Engineering is designed to provide specialised, postgraduate training across selected aspects of Structural Engineering. The overall aim of the course is to enhance the engineering skills of its graduates, and an extended project within one of the Structural Engineering fields forms a major part of the course.

The creation of modern buildings is a complex operation requiring professional skills from many disciplines. This course offers advanced training in the analysis, design and construction of structures in a variety of materials. It is founded on theoretical and applied research into the behaviour of real structures undertaken in the Cardiff School of Engineering, which has established an international reputation for its work on composite structures, plate girders, large-scale testing, site monitoring, and exact calculation of the buckling and vibration of structures.

Scheme Structure

The MSc in Structural Engineering is a full-time course lasting twelve months, comprising of two semesters of lectures and coursework followed by a further dedicated project period of four months for research and the preparation of a dissertation. All staff involved are research active in practical areas of the discipline, and this provides scope for interesting and up to date MSc research projects. The level of commitment of all staff to teaching and learning is high and the courses are taught by staff who are expert in the fields in which they lecture.


The record of employment of graduates of the Cardiff University MSc in Structural Engineering is excellent, with the majority of graduates joining engineering consultants. A small number of graduates (about 5 to 10% each year) go on to further study, typically a PhD.


This programme has been accredited by the ICE, IStructE, IHT and IHIE, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for intakes 2009-2013 inclusive, for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree or an IEng accredited BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the MSc in Structural Engineering requires a good first degree in civil, architectural or structural engineering, or in a cognate numerate scientific discipline, or appropriate professional experience. Currently, a good first degree is taken to mean one that would be equivalent in attainment to a 2(i) honours classification from a UK university.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain a satisfactory standard in an approved English language qualification before being accepted unconditionally on to a postgraduate course of study. The University's English Language Service for International Students provides English language support and advice on academic study skills to full-time overseas students studying - or intending to study - at Cardiff University.

Funding Opportunities

A limited number of Cardiff School of Engineering International Scholarships are available for international students applying for this MSc course. There is no need to apply for these, eligible applicants will be considered on the basis of their application form for the MSc.

Last updated January 2018

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