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Structural Engineering MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

EECT012

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2019
May 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Overview

Structural engineers shape the world with their problem-solving abilities. The course is offered to UK and Overseas civil engineering and cognate science/engineering graduates wishing to specialise in structural engineering.

The specialist course is designed to provide advanced analytical and professional skills across planning, design and operational areas of timber, steel, concrete, sustainable composite and lightweight materials and structures. A technical focused MSc research project is mandatory for students enrolled on this course.

This highly practical course is delivered with input from industry to help you establish or advance your career as a structural design engineer. Accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) is being sought and the outcome is expected in the winter of 2018. The original course (MSc Civil and Structural Engineering) which is being replaced by this specialist new course is an existing accredited course by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), this course meets the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and successful completion provides automatic progression for holders of an accredited bachelor’s degree.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is seeking accreditation. Approval will be received by 16 October 2018.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)


Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)


American Concrete Institute (ACI)


The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)

Course information

The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and practices, together with methods used to analyse, design, test and monitor structural engineering systems, materials and structural performance.

From concept to construction, we will cover the technical skills required to analyse, design and develop sound solutions to structural civil engineering projects. Using case studies, practical sessions, simulation labs and site visits to live projects, you will apply engineering principles and use computer modelling techniques to analyse complex engineering systems, gaining valuable experience of the work you will carry out in an industrial context. Past projects have included the Severn Trent building and the Coventry A45/A46 by-pass.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

You will have the opportunity to learn the laboratory testing procedures and technics used to assess material and structural performance, using modern and upgraded loading equipment automated with data loggers, saturated and unsaturated stress path soil testing apparatus and commercial civil engineering material mixing and synthesising equipment.

The course culminates in a technical research project, during which you can apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired so far from your academic training on real structural problems. Previous research projects have covered a wide range of topics, including: human structure interaction problems in long span, hybrid and slender structures; non-conventional reinforcement design for rigid pavements and overlays; the effects of joints rigidity on steel frames; and study of fire performance of post-tensioning concrete slab buildings.

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses has an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.

Specific mandatory modules include:

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Connection Design (15 Credits)
    • Applied Finite Element Analysis (15 Credits)
    • Structural Health & Performance Assessment (15 Credits)
    • Professional Development (Consultancy) (10 Credits)
    • Integrated Project (15 Credits)
    • Technical Research Project (50 Credits)
    • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills (0 Credit - Mandatory Tutorial Module)
  • Semester 2

    • Soil-Structure Interaction (15 Credits)
    • Structural Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering(15 Credits)
    • Plastic Theory of Structures (15 Credits)
    • Pre-stressed & Composite Structures (15 Credits)
    • Professional Development (Consultancy) (10 Credits)
    • Integrated Project (15 Credits)
    • Technical Research Project (50 Credits)
    • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills (0 Credit - Mandatory Tutorial Module)
  • Semester 3

    • Professional Development (Consultancy) (10 Credits)
    • Integrated Project (15 Credits)
    • Technical Research Project (50 Credits)
    • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills (0 Credit - Mandatory Tutorial Module)

In more detail...

  • Home to the Coventry University Simulation Centre.
  • High levels of student satisfaction, 89%, above the sector average of 82% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Strong portfolio of research with 60% of ‘General Engineering’ research rated as 4* or 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JMB) as the educational base for Chartered Civil Engineers for holders of a CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree – a slightly modified ‘Technical Route’ is available for holders of Institute of Engineering (IEng) accredited degrees.

Visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnical Ltd.

Our main study themes are:

  • Soil-structure Interaction: Aims to share the technical knowledge and skills to develop the analytical, decision-making and critical powers required to solve soil-structure interaction problems with ground engineering, along with the transferrable skills to enable a leading career in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering).
  • Plastic Theory of Structures: We will aim to improve your previously acquired knowledge of structural mechanics and design principles for the plastic analysis and design of steel structures. There will be opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of advanced techniques, such as optimisation analysis and reliability analysis of structures and demonstrate expertise in their application.
  • Connection Design: Aims to extend your previously acquired knowledge of steel and timber structures to help you tackle structural designs of greater complexity. You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of design techniques for complex steel and timber connections, as well as demonstrate expertise in their application.
  • Structural Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering: We will aim to help you develop and apply knowledge and understanding of responses of structures to different vibrations combined with computational methods and modelling techniques, and expertise in the usage of these methods will be emphasised. These methods will be placed in the context of applications within engineering in general and structural engineering, using finite element analysis techniques.
  • Structural Health & Performance Assessment: Aims to help you understanding the key aspects of structural health and performance issues of civil structures. You will explore structural health and performance assessment techniques, state-of-the-art data acquisition and analysis. This understanding will help enable your understanding of design against structural collapse, together with developing cost-effective maintenance and strengthening regimes to prolong structural elements. The strengthening of concrete and metallic structures with materials such as steel plates and advanced fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites will be explored.

The course can be studied on a one-year full-time basis or over two years part-time. Each module consists of five days of tuition spanning over two weeks (Monday to Wednesday in the first week, and Thursday & Friday in the second week), followed by independent study and completion of assessments.

You will also be given training in research methods to prepare you for the Integrated Project and individual Research Project.

The Integrated Project is normally team-based and investigates a real engineering problem. In the past, students have revaluated the £55-60 million projects at the Coventry A45/A46 By-pass and the I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark.

Partners such as Underground Professional Services, currently involved in HS2 rail projects, often suggest research topics for our MSc students. For example, one such project is on the method of monitoring strength gain in sprayed concrete at the tunnel’s crown, comparing thermal imaging (SMUTI) and penetrometer methods. 

You will have opportunity to attend Midlands Structural Engineers and Geotechnical Engineers workshops, visit constructions sites, such the Coventry A45/A46 by-pass, and design offices, which are organised in conjunction with industry partners. You will also be invited to special visiting researcher seminars and talks.

Teaching methods include: lectures, tutorials, practical work, laboratory exercises and online sessions.

Assessment includes examinations, written tests, computer modelling work, your thesis and coursework, consisting of analysis and evaluation of a number of laboratory exercises, case study assignments and projects. 

  • Coursework/ Practical work: 25%
  • Formal examinations: 39%
  • Individual Dissertation/Group project: 36%

36% assessed by Individual Dissertation/Group project

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and wide-ranging understanding of health, safety & environment principles and legal framework within which the construction industry operates, and undertake full ethical and professional responsibilities in the discharge of their duties;     
  • Apply in-depth knowledge and detailed understanding of structural analysis and design, innovative construction and performance assessment and maintenance techniques to civil engineering structures;
  • Apply innovative and advanced computational methods and simulation tools to model and analyse complex structural and coupled-field engineering systems;  
  • Apply wide-ranging understanding of experimental, analytical & numerical techniques for investigative studies in structural and geotechnical engineering;  
  • Apply detailed understanding in proposal development and writing; use innovative knowledge in sourcing, analysing and presenting data; and apply research methodologies to undertake independent technical investigation and academic writing of a specialised topic;
  • Develop personal abilities in teamwork, leadership and communication;
  • Apply corporate strategy and systems theory to the management of projects in engineering and construction industry.

In a typical module delivery, you will have a minimum of 35 ‘contact’ hours of teaching, tutorials and lab/computer sessions.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments.

Civil engineering is a global industry and this course attracts students from around the world, including Europe, China, Africa, India, Brunei, Malaysia and the Middle East, providing a multicultural learning experience.

The content of the course incorporates international field trips, which will be subsidised by the School, and continuously refers to the international context in which civil engineering takes place, drawing on case studies such as the collapse in 1940 of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the design and construction of the new twin suspension bridges over the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound in Pierce County, Washington.

As part of the Professional Development module, you will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of international, cultural and ethical issues, coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership. We will also draw on best practice transport projects from around the world.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

English as a Foreign Language English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

English as a Foreign Language English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£15,050 (per year)


May 2019

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Engineering-related sectors contribute a staggering £280 billion in gross value added to the UK economy – 20% of the total, according to a recent report by the Royal Academy of Engineering (2018).

You may want to consider this course if you are considering specialising in Structural Engineering or require further qualification to advance your career within the public and private sector as civil or structural engineer. If you are already working within the profession, the course provides an opportunity to enhance previously acquired knowledge latest issues and technological advances. For example, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new structural Eurocodes. In addition, we employ civil and structural engineering software, such as ANSYS and MIDAS for teaching and learning; you are also able to download these computer applications to undertake your coursework.

As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for Jacobs, Atkins and AECOM as structural/civil engineers. You could also move into construction, design, project management or go on to pursue an academic or research-oriented career.

Where our graduates work

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for Jacobs, Atkins and AECOM as structural/civil engineers. You could also move into construction, design, project management or go on to pursue an academic or research-orientated career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.