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Structural Engineering MSc


Visible realisations

Structures are perhaps the most striking and visible realisations of mechanical principles in our environment. Encompassing everything from residential dwellings and refurbishments, to sweeping bridges and iconic skyscrapers, structural engineers combine technical expertise with creativity and craft in order to provide a safe and sustainable built environment for our society.

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This course covers advanced structural analysis and design, structural computing simulation and also offering units linked with steel, concrete, timber and other construction materials. It will also provide you with knowledge to design structures under dynamic conditions.

Why 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. Highly-technical course makes gaining Chartership easier.
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.


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

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

At the end of the course, 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: / 020 7815 7106.

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.


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


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 or researcher.

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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.


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 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
16 months / 13 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
Application method
See below
28 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
Application method
See below

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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

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