Structural engineers help to make, shape and maintain the built environment, from buildings and bridges to water supply systems, power plans and flood defences. They are professionals who enjoy innovation, challenges, opportunities, responsibility and excitement in a varied and very satisfying career. As a profession, structural engineering provides a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference to peoples' lives and their environment.
This programme will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills to succeed in this challenging industry. You’ll build your knowledge of a range of core topics such as concrete and steel design, structural analysis, design optimisation and how structures are designed and managed in earthquake zones. You’ll also develop your research skills and focus on a specific topic when you complete your own research project.
Taught by leading academics and practitioners, you’ll prepare to face some of the major challenges of the 21st century.
This programme has close links with local and regional industry as well as the Yorkshire branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) – and you’ll benefit from the expertise of our active research groups across the Faculty of Engineering.
You’ll also benefit from using our specialist facilities, such as bench-top testing facilities to look at the fundamental behaviour of material soils and testing rigs for full-scale structures. We have all the specialist software you’ll need for your programme, and you’ll have access to a dedicated study suite for Masters students.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
This course is also accredited by EUR-ACE, the European quality label for engineering degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level.
You’ll study a set of core modules that give you a firm foundation in the key elements of structural engineering. You’ll develop and expand your understanding of structural analysis and foundation engineering, and explore design issues related to key building materials like concrete, steel and composites. From there you’ll explore design optimisation and examine real-life examples.
We place a strong emphasis on applying your knowledge to real-world problems. Over the 2 semesters, you’ll work on your own design project, where you’ll develop, evaluate and recommend concept design solutions to a structural engineering problem and even put together an outline construction programme for the project.
During Semester 1 and 2 but particularly over the summer months, you’ll also develop and apply your research skills to a real-world problem when you complete an independent research project.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Structural Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Design and Management of Structures in Earthquake Zones 15 credits
- Advanced Structural Analysis (MSc/PGD) 15 credits
- Design Optimisation - MSc 15 credits
- Advanced Concrete Design (MSc) 15 credits
- Structural Engineering Dissertation 60 credits
- Foundation Engineering (MSc) 15 credits
- Advanced Steel and Composite Design - (MSc) 15 credits
- Structural Engineering Design Project 30 credits
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in civil engineering or a related subject.
If you have at least three years’ relevant work experience, we’ll consider your application if you have a 2:2 (hons) in civil engineering or a related subject, or associate membership of an appropriate professional engineering institution.
All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C (4) or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks).
If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible for taught postgraduate programmes. The Faculty of Engineering will only consider applications made before the dates below, subject to places being available;
31 July – International applicants
10 September - UK/EU applicants
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: £10,500 (total)
International: £22,750 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
The School of Civil Engineering offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.
Find out more about our Scholarships.
This programme greatly enhances your ability to obtain status as a Chartered Structural Engineer. As a result, you may expect to find employment in the major structural engineering consulting practices, while opportunities also exist with multidisciplinary consulting organisations.
Graduates have gone on to succeed in a range of careers around the world for organisations such as Arup, Delf Consulting Engineers (India), G2 Structural Ltd, JN Bentley Ltd, KA Tech Tips Ltd, SkyCon Design & Construction Co. Ltd and Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services among others.
If you are taking the course on a part-time basis, you will return to your existing jobs with enhanced potential for progression.
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual STEM Careers Fair provides further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.
The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
The dissertation project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Recent projects by Structural Engineering MSc (Eng) students have included:
- Dynamic shear resistance of collar jainted masonry panels
- Performance of reinforced concrete tunnel linings in fire situations
- A comparison of tensile and compressive creep in concrete
- Review of the latest developments in the design and construction of plastic bridges
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.