Brunel University London

Brunel University London

Structural Engineering

The programme will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in a number of areas: The principles and theories of structural design, analysis, safety and sustainability; the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of structural engineering with structures´┐Ż safety and sustainability; the research techniques including information retrieval, experimental design, theoretical derivation, and/or modelling; the role of structural engineers in sustainable development of infrastructure engineering. At the Cognitive Level Students will be able to: Identify, analyse and solve engineering problems using a multidisciplinary approach, applying professional judgements to balance costs, buildability, safety and environmental impact and sustainability; integrate and critically evaluate different design options; plan and execute safely a series of experiments or computations; use laboratory, field, and/or computational methods to conduct innovative structural design; prepare technical reports, give technical presentations, and use the scientific literature for research and practical structural design effectively. In terms of Personal/Transferable skills, students will be able to: communicate effectively through oral and electronic presentations, written reports and effective networking; select and employ appropriate advanced research methods; apply knowledge and modelling skills; use information and communication technology; integrate and evaluate information from a variety of sources to define objectives and problems, solve problems, and make appropriate decision; work independently with open-mindedness and critical thinking; work as part of a team; develop management and leadership skills.

Entry requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree (2.2) or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology discipline. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis. English language requirements: IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all areas); TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4); TOEFL Internet test: 79 (reading 18, listening 17, speaking 20, writing 17); BrunELT: 60% (minimum 55% in all sub-scores). Brunel offers a range of pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Course modules

Modules include: Nonlinear structural analysis and finite element method; structural dynamics and seismic design; advanced construction materials and structural retrofitting technology; advanced reinforced and pre-stressed concrete design; advanced steel design; structural design for fire; case studies of modern structures and sustainable structural design; research methods and professional studies; project dissertation.

Assessment methods

Each of the taught modules is assessed either by formal examination, an assignment, or a balanced combination of two. Methods of assessing assignments include essay, individual/group report, oral presentation and class test. The research project is assessed by dissertation and oral presentation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Brunel University London Uxbridge UB8 3PH South East

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