Structural engineers play a pivotal role in modern society, working alongside architects and construction professionals to transform our world. They work in almost every sector – communications, transport, entertainment, energy, healthcare and defence among others – solving the technical engineering problems required to bring all manner of structures to fruition, from semis to skyscrapers and sports stadiums to space satellites.
As we face some of the challenges arising from climate change, structural engineers are increasingly being called upon to support global sustainable development goals by creating more resilient, adaptable and energy-efficient structures. They are also often critical members of disaster relief teams, assessing structural damage to advise on temporary and permanent solutions.
This professionally accredited course covers a range of subjects from advanced structural analysis, design and modelling to computational mechanics. Course content aims to reflect knowledge, techniques and skills demanded by employers, as well as the issues facing the industry, having been developed with direct input from members of our Civil Engineering and Building Advisory Boards, like Hyder, Arup, MottMacold and Geotechnical Ltd.
You’ll study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features teaching rooms, computer rooms, presentation and conference rooms, desk top PCs on all floors, laboratories, as well as our High Performance Engineering Centre. You’ll get to use industry-standard software, such as MIDAS, Plaxis and ANSYSS, which are widely used by design and consulting engineers.
Many of our members of staff have professional experience in the civil engineering and construction industries, having worked for companies such as Carillion, Hyder and Laing O’Rourke as principal, senior and management engineers. We also have a portfolio of industry-related research, ranging from applied technology such instrumentation and measuring to pure innovative research, with the aim to incorporate new technologies and emerging issues where possible.