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Civil and Structural Engineering MSc

Overview

Highly technical and practice-relevant

Whether for living, working, recreation or commuting, our daily lives are intrinsically shaped by the built environment around us. Civil and structural engineers meet the needs of a modern society for shelter, recreational spaces, working environments, transportation networks and sanitation by applying fundamental mechanical principles to realise a vast array of structures, including residential buildings, local streets, skyscrapers, sweeping bridges, tunnels and motorways.

Although construction has a long history as an engineering discipline, the past number of years have seen considerable technological advances in many areas of civil and structural engineering, and the course is adapted to provide knowledge and understanding in current best practices used in the industry, including all the relevant Eurocode European structural standards and software packages.

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Combining the best aspects of LSBU’s long-established links to the construction industry and our wide range of civil and structural engineering research activities, students of this course will receive a highly technical and practice-relevant tutelage that will enhance their expertise in these fields. Software training includes:

  • Robot and Tekla structural analysis;
  • Revit business information modelling (BIM);
  • ABAQUS finite element analysis;
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D for drafting and design;
  • FEFLOW subsurface hydraulic flow modelling;
  • ANSYS Workbench for soil-structure interaction.

Why Civil and Structural Engineering at LSBU?

Specialised tutelage in advanced design techniques and a range of construction materials, both traditional and novel.
Accredited by the Engineering Council, which aids Chartership. Highly-technical courses enhance employability.
Currently engaging in numerous research and development projects with industrial collaborators, providing industry-relevant dissertation topics.
Training in the most up-to-date structural analysis and design software, included Robot, Revit and Abaqus.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus

Stories

Modules

The course comprises six taught modules, worth 20 credits each, and a Project, worth 60 credits.

  • Advanced structural design
    This modules covers the analysis and design of reinforced concrete, steel, composite and timber structures, in addition to the determination of fire loads and resistances, wind loading and structural stability in accordance with Eurocodes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Soil-structure engineering
    This module concerns the study of the interaction of two very different materials (structural and soil). A combination of a classic and modern approach based on numerical methods is delivered for the students to ensure the understanding of the topics.
  • Computational analysis and modelling
    In this module students will be experiencing the use of advanced Structural Analysis Software (Robot), Building Information Modelling (BIM) software (Revit) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software (ABAQUS) for modelling steel, reinforced concrete and composite structures.
  • Highway and railway engineering
    This module covers highway planning and evaluation, railway system characteristics and operations, geometric design, structural design and maintenance.
  • Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering
    This module teaches the principles of dynamic analysis and earthquake response of structures, examining the concepts of natural frequency, damping and vibrational mode. This then leads to the seismic design of structures in accordance with Eurocode 8.
  • Water engineering
    This unit covers fundamentals of surface water hydrology, open channel flow, basics of dam engineering and design of embankment dam, design of spillway and energy dissipater, groundwater hydrology, the principles of groundwater flow, well hydraulics, and contaminants transport in the groundwater.
  • Project
    Students undertake an individual research project under the supervision of one of the academics, investigating either a topic defined by their supervisor or their own proposal, for example, a work-related investigation.

Employability

The course is designed to provide students with a level of expertise commensurate with an advanced graduate engineer and lends itself well towards achieving Chartership with professional engineering bodies.

Graduates can expect to be hired as junior or graduate civil or structural engineers, depending on additional work experience. Previous students have gone on to work with a wide range of engineering firms such as WSP, Milner Associates, KLH Consulting Engineers and Bellamy Wallce Partnership.

Some graduates of our MSc courses have also progressed to studying a PhD.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Facilities

  • The Strengths of Materials Laboratory

    The Strengths of Materials Laboratory

    The Strengths of Materials laboratory at LSBU offers state of-the-art testing facilities capable of performing product qualification testing and aiding knowledge development for structural assemblies and structural and mechanical components.

Teaching and learning

The composition of the academic team reflects a diverse array of engineering knowledge and expertise, with their particular specialisms reflected in the structure of the modules.

The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, practical exercises, coursework (both group-based and individual) and field trips.

The assessment of the six taught modules is split 45% coursework, 55% exams. When incorporating the Project module, the split is 63% coursework or continuous assessment, 37% exams.

The Course Director acts as the Personal Tutor for all students in the course, and appointments can be made at any time.

Entry requirements

  • With BEng in civil or structural engineering (or related discipline): 2:2
  • With BSc in civil or structural engineering (or related discipline): 2:1

For applicants whose first degree was not taught and examined in English, an independent IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5466
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5467
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
January
Application code
5471
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
January
Application code
5472
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 298 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 149 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Stories

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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