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Structural Engineering MSc

Overview

This is an advanced postgraduate course specialising in structural engineering covering advanced structural analysis and design, structural computing simulation and also offering units linked with steel, concrete, timber and other structural designs. It will also provide you with knowledge to design structures under dynamic and earthquake conditions.

The modules taught focus on learning advanced methods and techniques while developing analytic skills across a range of structural engineering topics.

Two modules, Finite Elements and Stress Analysis and Advanced Computing Structural Simulation, focus on learning advanced computing methods and commercial computing software for structures modelling and simulation.

Advanced Structural Analysis and Design and the Masonry and Timber Engineering modules will cover advanced structural theory and designing traditional structures, such as, steel, concrete, masonry and timbers. Earthquake Engineering will cover design of structures in seismic areas and analysis of structures under dynamic loading.

Soil-Structure Engineering will cover interaction of geotechnics and structures as well as foundation structures. Finally, you'll either conduct a structural related research project or a design project.

If you'd like any further information, please contact the course administrator, Ms. Jo Hillman: hillmajl@lsbu.ac.uk or call 020 7815 7106.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
16 months / 13 months
Start Date
February; September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
28 months
Start Date
February; September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

Teaching techniques include: lectures, workshops, tutorials, laboratories, field trips and IT based blended learning. Visiting lecturers from industry contribute in some modules.

Module descriptions

  • Advanced structural design
    The module will deal with the design of structural elements and complex structural systems using the increasingly popular structural Eurocodes. It will cover engineering design principles and analytic techniques as well as the application of industrial standard software packages. There will also be an element of group and research work based on innovative design techniques.
  • Soil-structure engineering
    To acquaint the student with classical and modern methods for the analysis and design of structures that are embedded in the ground, specifically embedded retaining walls, piled foundations, and tunnels.
  • Finite elements and stress analysis
    The module will equip the student with linear elastic analysis of thin-walled sections, 2D and 3D stress analysis and transformations. It will introduce the Finite Element method theory and use ANSYS software.
  • Masonry and timber engineering
    This module introduces students to the materials, properties and design processes using timber and masonry construction. Eurocodes are used for the design of elements. Proprietary computer programmes are used alongside hand calculations. New techniques are introduced and discussed.
  • Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering
    The module aims to develop a thorough understanding of causes and nature of vibration in structures and to enable students to analyse the response of a structure under earthquake loadings.
  • Advanced computing and structural simulation
    The module will enable the students to use the advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software (ANSYS) for modelling steel, reinforced concrete and composite structures. Both material and geometrical nonlinearities will be considered which link the complex structural system.
  • Project / dissertation
    This module is one third of the course and is an individually supervised piece of work that is typically either a research project or an innovative design exercise. The theme is related to topics covered on the course.

Assessment

 Methods of assessment by module
 Module titleAssessment
Advanced Structural Design70% Examination30% Coursework
Finite Elements and Stress Analysis50% Examination50% Coursework
Soil-Structure Engineering70% Examination30% Coursework
Advanced Computing and Structural Simulation100% Coursework
Masonry and Timber Engineering70% Examination30% Coursework
Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering70% Examination30% Coursework
Dissertation100% Coursework

Employability

Employment prospects for graduates of Structural Engineering are strong. Successful students will enter into a variety of positions with employers which might include: structural engineer, consultant, project manager, government advisor and researcher.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff

Dr Amer Ali

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Ali specialises in Traffic and Highway Engineering.


Dr Mahmood Datoo

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Head of Civil and Building Services Engineering

Dr Datoo is Head of Civil and Building Services Engineering. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching Structural Analysis, Stress Analysis and Finite Element Modelling. He has authored a book on “Mechanics of Fibrous Composites”.


Dr Ivana Kraincanic

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer in CD-BSc Civil Engineering

Ivana has extensive knowledge of flexible offshore pipelines, oil platforms, offshore wind turbines, concrete structures, steel fibre reinforced concrete, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.


Dr Finian McCann

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Civil and Building Services Engineering

Dr Finian McCann is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering of the School of the Built Environment and Architecture.


Stephen Vary

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for HNC Civil Engineering

Steven joined LSBU in 2007 and teaches Structural Design on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Prof. Robert Xiao

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Professor of Structural Civil Engineering

Robert is a professor of Structural Civil Engineering and has over 25 years' experience of research, design and teaching in the field of civil engineering.


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Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 UK BEng Honours Degree in a relevant discipline or international equivalent; or
  • 2:1 UK BSc Honours Degree in a relevant discipline or international equivalent; or
  • Substantial work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

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
16 months / 13 months
Start date
February; September
Application code
P031475
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
28 months
Start date
February; September
Application code
P048263
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). 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.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

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

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 3994Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3866.67International fee: £5833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 3995Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

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

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

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

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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 How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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