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Structural Engineering


School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Civil Engineering

Start Date(s): September


MSc (one year full time or three years part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860, part-time £6,930

In Brief:

  • Experience innovative, award-winning teaching techniques. In 2018, Salford's teaching staff won the Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering Education for an unprecedented third time.
  • You will be well equipped to meet the challenges of the modern structural engineering industry
  • 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)
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course is aimed at graduates with an honours degree or relevant professional experience who want to develop their understanding and skills as structural engineers.

The 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. See for further information.

Semester 1    

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).      
This module introduces finite element analysis as a tool for representing and analysing complex structural applications within the construction industry. You will review the stiffness method as a tool for computer analysis and also review the fundamentals of finite element analysis. Practical modelling        methodologies will be addressed including assembling, solving and interpreting finite element models for a variety of structural applications.The effects of Seismic actions of various constructions are addressed, looking at various analysis hand and compute techniques, culminating in seismic design to        Eurocode 8.      

Semester 2    

This module is focused on the analysis and design aspects related to tall structures. You will learn about structural form, advanced lateral stability systems and the impact of wind flow. You’ll also explore tall building design elements such as composite materials, cladding systems and the use of glass.   This module provides a unique opportunity to learn practical skills from staff who are practicing chartered Structural Engineers with over 60 years combined industrial experience.      
This module will address aspects of bridge analysis and design through assessed group work and individual examination. An open ended approach is adopted with group design work progressing from concept to detailed design. Inspection and assessment of existing bridge structures is also addressed.      

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.        

The JBM require that the three core threads of Design, Health and Safety, and Sustainability are addressed throughout the programme, and these feature in all of the aforementioned modules.        

For full time mode, each module will require two days of contact per week, with an additional 3 days of self study. With 2 modules per semester this equates to a full week of study. The taught course completes in June, with the dissertation phase requiring 3 months up to the end of September.        

Part-Time mode comprises 1 module per semester, thereby allowing day release for those in employment. In the first year the modules Introduction to Design in semester 1 and Further Design in semester 2 are studied, and in year 2, Seismic Engineering &FE in semester 1 and Bridge Engineering in semester          2 are studied. The Third year comprises the dissertation for which up to 1 year is allocated.

Entry Requirements

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

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience, subject to approval through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). For further details, contact the School.

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of a proficiency in English to a minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (with no element below 5.5) or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

Suitable for engineering graduates who want to specialise in structural engineering.

You may be working in industry and want to formalise your training or you may be a recent graduate and wish to gain extra qualifications to help you stand out in the jobs market or enter your engineering career at a higher level.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860, part-time £6,930

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section


The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials, design projects, computing sessions and laboratory demonstrations.

You will be encouraged to attend meetings of the professional institutions, where relevant topics are being discussed.

Where possible, pertinent site visits and guest lectures will be organised.


Coursework 42%, Examination 47% and Dissertation 11%.


Career Prospects

Graduates of this course will be well equipped to meet the challenges of the modern structural engineering industry. 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 might typically work as a structural engineer in a design office or for an engineering consultancy.

Further Study

Many of our graduates will go on to further study in our Engineering 2050 Research Centre.

The Engineering Research Centre brings together a wealth of expertise and international reputation in three focussed subject areas. Research at the centre is well funded, with support from EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission, as well as excellent links with and direct funding from industry. Our research excellence means that we have not only the highest calibre academics but also the first class facilities to support the leading edge research projects for both post-graduate studies and post-doctoral research.

You will probably be part of our Civil Engineering Group in this Centre which carries out leading edge research in structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering and hydraulics.

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