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We have designed our Postgraduate Diploma in Structural Engineering to develop your engineering expertise in line with the ever-changing demands of the profession.

We will enhance your knowledge in all the essential areas of engineering, from structural dynamics and earthquake engineering to soil-structure engineering.

We will ensure that your research skills and general understanding are sharp enough to give you the competitive edge as you build your career.

Our campus location in the heart of London's Docklands means you will see close up the challenges facing the next generation of engineers, from intensive urbanisation and major economic regeneration to climatic changes.

We also have excellent contacts with major industry employers, including Atkins, Waterman Group plc, Thames Water, SRK Consulting and the London Borough of Newham. 

Our postgraduate 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.
Whatever your entry level, we will get your engineering career off to the best possible start.

What makes this course different

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Ranked 3rd

Our Civil Engineering courses are ranked third in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).

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Employment opportunities

Job opportunities for structural engineers are rising and our students have a great record of employment. We have excellent connections with industry and our postgraduate courses are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).

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Entry route to MSc

This is your entry route to an MSc. Students who might not otherwise have the opportunity can do the PGDip course and then transfer to the MSc once they are ready.


This course consists of 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.

There is a highly practical emphasis to our Diploma. You will learn the general theory and then apply it during fieldwork and by working on projects in our extensive laboratories, using the latest software.

These projects provide you with the learning opportunities and practical skills you will use in your future career. You will leave with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the most up-to-date practices and theories in structural engineering.

You will have the option to transfer to our MSc course, providing you meet the required standard. Many of our PGDip students go on to become accredited chartered engineers.




Your 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 individually and in groups.

All modules include coursework, where you will have the chance to apply your knowledge to engineering projects that are based on real-life situations.

To support the hands-on nature of our courses we have an impressive range of facilities. Our modern, well-equipped laboratories include a structures laboratory, a soil mechanics laboratory and a hydraulics laboratory. We also have superb computer facilities, and you will be able to plan and design using the very latest software.

Expert feedback and support are always on offer from our dedicated team of academics, all of whom are experts in their respective fields of engineering.

Alongside their impressive academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practising engineers.

Dr Ali Abbas and his team have been involved in research that includes coastal and river engineering, concrete structural analysis and design, water and environmental management, hydraulics and earthquake resistance.

Our postgraduate courses are some of the most flexible around. If you are an engineer employed in the industry, you will find that studying part-time can easily be tailored to suit your personal requirements.


We assess you through a mix of coursework, your research dissertation and examinations.


Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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Course Leader for MSc Civil Engineering and MSc Structural Engineering

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Dr Ravindra Jayaratne

Dr Jayaratne is a specialist in Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Extreme Waves and Glacier Lake Outburst Floods with over 20 years' research experience.

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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.

Alfred Kwaku Bullah

MSc Structural Engineering

What we're researching

Our academic staff bring a huge amount of research knowledge to bear on their teaching, so you can be sure that what you study reflects the most up-to-date thinking and practice. Alongside strong academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practising civil engineers.

Their expertise includes coastal and river engineering, structural analysis and design, geotechnical analysis and design, laboratory modelling and computational structural mechanics.

For example, Senior Lecturer Dr Ali Abbas has expertise in Finite Element Analysis of concrete structures. His current area of research involves studying the responses of reinforced concrete structures to seismic and impact conditions, such as earthquakes.

He brings to the department extensive practical experience in the analysis and design of structures, including modelling and experimental work. His work has been widely published in leading journals and at international conferences.

Our Director of Quality and Academic Standards, Dr Martin Marriott, has particular interests in water and environmental management and hydraulics. His internationally respected research projects include coastal and port engineering in developing countries, an analysis of rainfall data from Iran and the rise of sea levels around Bangladesh.

Senior Lecturer Dr Ravindra Jayaratne has worked with academics in UK, Japan, Canada and Mexico on mechanisms to counter the deadly effects of tsunamis and storm surges, while Senior Lecturer Dr Anca Ciupala is researching how to strengthen earthquake-hit buildings with fibre-reinforced polymer materials.

We're also developing innovative technologies to promote carbon-neutrality and eco-efficiency through our Sustainability Research Institute, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


There is an acknowledged shortage of and growing demand for skilled structural engineers with the right qualifications and experience. We have designed this course to give you a competitive edge when it comes to your career.

As a graduate from our Structural Engineering PGDip course, you can transfer onto the MSc course once you achieve the required threshold average.

The course will prepare you for employment in a variety of dynamic consultancy and contracting roles in fields that range from infrastructure projects and geotechnical engineering to highways and transportation.

The skills you will develop while gaining your Diploma 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 also means UEL is uniquely placed for links to industry. Our extensive local contacts including organisations such as Crossrail, Thames Water and the London Borough of Newham.

Our students have an excellent track record of employment and have gone on to work in sectors that include aviation, infrastructure, transport and construction.

Within the School we also have a dedicated careers advisory service and an active alumni network able to facilitate contacts with prospective employers.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.