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.
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.
- Ranked 2nd amongst London competitors for Student Satisfaction in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
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The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.
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Entry Level 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.
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Tuition fees for home students
Tuition fees for international students
Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees
MSc Structural Engineering (PT) - Year 1
UK fee: £4662.22 International fee: £7511.11 AOS/LSBU code: 3995 Session code: 1PS00 Total course fee: UK: £10490.00 International: £16900.00
MSc Structural Engineering (PT) (JAN) - Year 1
UK fee: £ International fee: £ AOS/LSBU code: 5353 Session code: 1PS00 Total course fee: UK: £10180.00 International: £15400.00
MSc Structural Engineering (PT) - Year 2
UK fee: £5827.78 International fee: £9388.89 AOS/LSBU code: 3995 Session code: 2PS00 Total course fee: UK: £10490.00 International: £16900.00
MSc Structural Engineering (PT) (JAN) - Year 2
UK fee: £ International fee: £ AOS/LSBU code: 5353 Session code: 2PS00 Total course fee: UK: £10180.00 International: £15400.00
MSc Structural Engineering (FT) - Year 1
UK fee: £10490.00 International fee: £16900.00 AOS/LSBU code: 3994 Session code: 1FS00
MSc Structural Engineering (FT) (JAN) - Year 1
UK fee: £ International fee: £ AOS/LSBU code: 5352 Session code: 1FS00
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
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.
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.
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.
The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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|Mode Part-time||Duration 24 months||Start date September||Application code 3995||Application method Direct to LSBU|
|Mode Full-time||Duration 16 months||Start date January||Application code 5352||Application method Direct to LSBU|
|Mode Part-time||Duration 28 months||Start date January||Application code 5353||Application method Direct to LSBU|
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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 Enrolment pages.
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: email@example.com / 020 7815 7106.
- Advanced structural design
In this module, students are instructed in the application of the European structural design codes (Eurocodes) to design steel, concrete and composite steel-concrete elements. Design of specialised structural elements: plate girders, trusses, connections, foundations, prestressed concrete structures, including fire design of structures. Introduction to performance-based design using computer software. Discussion of the sustainability of construction materials.
- 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.
- Finite elements and stress analysis
The module covers two main areas of study: firstly, the finite element modelling of thin walled structures using beam, plate and shell elements. A hand-on approach is used for the finite element modelling exercises using Abaqus finite element analysis software. Secondly, the structural and stress analysis of thin walled beams subjected to axial, bending, shear, torsion and torsion-bending loads.
- 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
This module teaches principles of dynamic analysis and earthquake response of structures. It starts with basics of free and forced vibration of single and multiple degree-of-freedom systems. The concepts of natural frequency, damping and mode shapes will be defined analytically and also shown experimentally and on FE models. The effect of earthquake on a structure will be described and demonstrated using a shake table. Two different methods for calculating the dynamic response of structures to earthquake loading will be introduced. Eurocode 8 will be briefly summarised. Forensic case studies of structures damaged by earthquake will be analysed and the design implications discussed.
- Advanced computing and structural simulation
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.
- 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.
|Advanced Structural Design||70% Examination||30% Coursework|
|Finite Elements and Stress Analysis||50% Examination||50% Coursework|
|Soil-Structure Engineering||70% Examination||30% Coursework|
|Advanced Computing and Structural Simulation||100% Coursework|
|Masonry and Timber Engineering||70% Examination||30% Coursework|
|Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering||70% Examination||30% Coursework|
|Project (three modules value)||100% Coursework|
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:
- Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
- 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.
- LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
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.
- The Institution of Civil Engineers is a qualifying body, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge, and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession.
- The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation is concerned specifically with planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of land-based transport systems and infrastructure. It has 12,000 members.
- The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering. It has 27,000 members in 105 countries.
- The Institute of Highway Engineers (formerly the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers) is the professional institution for practitioners in highway and traffic engineering offering Engineering Council registration and professional development support.