MSc Structural Engineering
Architecture, Computing and Engineering
Our MSc Structural Engineering degree will develop your engineering expertise in line with the ever-changing demands of the profession.
We will enhance your knowledge in all the essential areas, from advanced structural analysis to soil-structure engineering, and we will ensure your research skills are sharp enough to give you the competitive edge when you embark on your career. This will be complimented with an industrial placement which will enhance your professional skills and improve your employability chances.
Our campus location in the heart of London’s Docklands will allow you to see close up the challenges, and opportunities, for the next generation of engineers such as intensive urbanisation and major economic regeneration. We have excellent links with major employers in the industry, including Atkins Consultants, Waterman Group, Thames Water and the London Borough of Newham.
We will get your engineering career off to the best possible start. Our MSc Structural Engineering courses enjoy widespread professional recognition and are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) of the Institutions of Civil, Structural, and Highways and Transportation Engineers.
This course also meets the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng), for students with the right undergraduate qualifications.
This course is also available as a two year masters with an industrial placement year. The embedded industrial placement offers a unique opportunity to apply the skills learnt on real-life projects.
50 years experience
We have a wealth of experience in this field. For more than 50 years we have offered postgraduate courses in structural engineering, led by respected engineers and scientists with an impressive body of research.
Our Civil Engineering courses are ranked third in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).
The Industrial placement is an integral part of this programme, which is designed to address the demands of the profession and give students a competitive edge when it comes to their career.
How you'll learn
All modules include coursework, for which you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge to engineering projects based on real-life scenarios.
This coursework will include analysis and design projects, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a research dissertation project.
You will also attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and you will work both individually and in groups.
To support the hands-on nature of this course, we have an impressive range of facilities. Our modern, well-equipped laboratories are open to students all day and include dedicated structures, soil mechanics, hydraulics, highways and surveying labs. We also have superb computer facilities and the very latest design and planning software.
About the industrial placementThis course is also available as a two year masters with an industrial placement year. The industrial placement is designed to address the demands of the profession and give students a competitive edge when it comes to their career. The placement component is up to 12 months in duration, which starts after you have successfully completed the taught modules, and before the dissertation stage.
It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure their placement. The University will offer guidance and support, and we also recommend students to many of our industrial partners that have expressed strong support and interest in the programme.
If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, your CAS will have a course duration of two years, subject to your meeting the UKVI’s standard requirements. During the industrial placement period, you undertake an internship within a partner organisation and complete a zero-credit Industrial Placement Module. The criteria for progression to industrial placement is the successful completion of the MSc taught modules with minimum 50% pass mark.
Making a difference
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
Alfred Kwaku Bullah
MSc Structural Engineering
The course gave me a sound appreciation of structural engineering, structural analysis and modelling. With such competition for construction jobs today, the depth and quality of the course has been invaluable. I would definitely recommend it to anybody interested in engineering. Now that I work for Atkins, I continuously use the knowledge gained at the University of East London.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study
The modules offered in this MSc in Structural Engineering are:
- Soil Structure Engineering (Option)
- Design in Steel and Concrete (Option)
- Advanced Structural Analysis (Option)
- Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (Option)
- Design in Timber and Masonry (Option)
- Research Dissertation (Core)
How you'll be assessed
We assess you through a mix of coursework, your research dissertation and examinations.Course specification
How you'll learn
All modules include coursework, for which you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge to engineering projects related to real-life situations.
This coursework will include analysis and design projects, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a research dissertation project. You will also attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and you will work both individually and in groups.
To support the hands-on nature of this course, we have an impressive range of facilities. Our modern, well-equipped laboratories include dedicated structures, soil mechanics and hydraulics labs. You will also have access to superb computer facilities and the very latest design and planning software.
Expert feedback and support are always on offer from our dedicated team of academics, all of whom are experts in their particular fields.
As well as having strong academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practising engineers.
Dr Ali Abbas and his team have also been involved in research including coastal and river engineering, concrete structural analysis and design, water and environmental management, hydraulics and earthquake resistance.
Our MSc courses are some of the most flexible around. Engineers already employed in the industry have found that studying part-time can easily be tailored to suit their personal requirements.
What you'll learn
The course includes a number of self-contained, taught modules organised around the various areas of structural engineering. The wide range of subjects covered includes Advanced Structural Analysis, Design of Concrete and Steel Structures, Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering and Soil Structure Engineering.
The taught modules are complemented by a research dissertation project that you will undertake at the end of your course. This dissertation is your route to becoming an accredited chartered engineer.
There is a highly practical emphasis to our MSc. You will learn the theory and then apply it through working on projects in our extensive laboratories and during fieldwork.
These projects will provide you with the learning opportunities and practical skills you will need in your future career. You will graduate with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the most up-to-date practices and theories in structural engineering.
Your future career
There is an acknowledged shortage of skilled structural engineers with the right qualifications and experience. We have designed this course to fill this skills gap and give you a competitive edge when it comes to your career.
Graduates from our MSc Structural Engineering course can expect to find work in a variety of consultancy and contracting roles in fields such as structural engineering, infrastructure projects, geotechnical engineering, highways and transportation.
The skills you will develop while gaining your MSc will also enhance your career prospects in other related areas such as research and management.
With access to our strong and diverse academic knowledge base and the opportunities to apply that knowledge professionally, we will give you the best-possible head start.
Our Docklands location means that we are uniquely placed for links to industry employers, and we have strong contacts with organisations in the local area, including Crossrail, Thames Water and the London Borough of Newham.
Our students have an excellent track record of employment and have landed jobs in sectors that include aviation, infrastructure, transport and construction.
Within our School we also have a dedicated careers advisory service as well as an active alumni network able to facilitate contact with prospective employers.