Structural Engineering MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT012

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020
May 2020

Fees:

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

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

This 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 also 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.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

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

Professional body membership available to students:

  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)

Please contact the Course Director or the above Institutions directly for further details regarding membership, as application processes and further costs may apply.

The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)

This course is currently accredited for the September 2019 intake by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as meeting the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The University’s accreditation with JMB shall be up for renewal after September 2019. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

What our students say...

I believe having an MSc from the UK will open more paths in my career and give me confidence in my future career.

Igor Marynowski, MSc Civil and Structural Engineering, graduated 2019

Course information

You will have the opportunity to learn the laboratory testing procedures and techniques 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.

This course includes a mandatory Consulting Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

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.

Without work placement pathway

Semester One
  • Connection Design
  • Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • Global Professional Development (Consultancy)
  • Integrated Project
  • Technical Research Project
  • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills
  • Civil Engineering Research Skills
Semester Two
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Plastic Theory of Structures
  • Pre-stressed and Composite Structures
  • Structural Health and Performance Assessment
  • Global Professional Development (Consultancy)
  • Integrated Project
  • Technical Research Project
  • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills
  • Civil Engineering Research Skills
Semester Three
  • Global Professional Development (Consultancy)
  • Integrated Project
  • Technical Research Project
  • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills
  • Civil Engineering Research Skills

‘With work placement’ pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester One
  • Connection Design
  • Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • Global Professional Development (Consultancy)
  • Integrated Project
  • Technical Research Project
  • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills
  • Civil Engineering Research Skills
Semester Two
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Plastic Theory of Structures
  • Pre-stressed and Composite Structures
  • Structural Health and Performance Assessment
  • Global Professional Development (Consultancy)
  • Integrated Project
  • Technical Research Project
  • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills
  • Civil Engineering Research Skills
Semester Three
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester Four
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester Five
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester Six
  • Global Professional Development (Consultancy)
  • Integrated Project
  • Technical Research Project
  • Civil Engineering Postgraduate Skills
  • Civil Engineering Research Skills

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

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  • Strong portfolio of research with 60% of ‘General Engineering’ research rated as 4* or 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

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 and 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 and Performance Assessment: Aims to help you understand 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.

Companies 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. Workshops and field trips may be subject to additional costs and are subject to availability.

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%

On successful completion of the course, you 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 your 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 your 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 up to 35 ‘contact’ hours of teaching, tutorials and lab/computer sessions.

Structural 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.

As part of the Global Professional Development module, you will have the opportunity 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


21,000

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 This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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


September 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


UK 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


September 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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


September 2019

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


January 2020

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


May 2020

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Course essentials – additional costs

Field trips may be subject to additional costs. Students are also expected to be equipped with appropriate fieldwork clothing and footwear.

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The engineering sector generated 25% of the UK’s total GDP in 2015 (£420.5 billion).

You may want to apply for 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 a civil or structural engineer. If you are already working within the profession, the course provides an opportunity to enhance previously acquired knowledge regarding the 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 should also be able to download these computer applications to undertake your coursework.

As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC 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.

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-oriented career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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