Structural Engineering (MSc)

Cardiff University

Program Overview

Ranked 1st in the UK

Civil engineering at Cardiff University ranked first for research impact in the latest government research assessment (REF 2014).


Engaging culture

There is an open and engaging culture between our students and our research-active staff, who are actively involved in the design and delivery of this course.


Industry links and projects

This course includes industrial input through invited lecturers, and you will have the opportunity to complete a research-led project.


Strong research focus

You will learn in a research-led teaching institution, with the opportunity to undertake your project in a successful, research-based environment with access to high-quality facilities to support your work.


Professionally accredited course

This course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.


This MSc offers you the knowledge and expertise for a career as a consulting structural engineer within this specialist professional area of civil engineering. It is designed to provide specialist postgraduate professional development across the areas of steel, concrete and timber design, structural dynamics, and structural mechanics. It will provide you with a sound scientific, technical and commercial understanding of structural engineering issues and practice, while training you in engineering research methods in order to develop a range of related transferable skills. It will cover the diverse nature of structural engineering through the integration of knowledge from mechanics, materials, structural analysis and structural design. You will gain new advanced level skills in engineering theory and practice related to the management of structural engineering challenges.


CardiffUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 23,450


IELTS: 6.5

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The programme is presented as a one-year full-time Master's level programme, and is also available in part-time mode over three years.


The programme is presented in two stages:

  • In Stage 1 you will follow taught modules to the value of 120 credits, with a limited amount of choice between option modules.
  • Stage 2 consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.     


Summative assessment is undertaken at the end of each stage (or each year if part-time).


 Core modules for year one


Module title Module code Credits
Steel Structures ENT507 10 credits
Numerical Techniques in Structural Engineering ENT515 10 credits
Professional Engineering Studies ENT521 10 credits
Dynamics ENT570 10 credits
FE Theory and Practice ENT603 10 credits
Advanced Structural Mechanics ENT700 10 credits
Engineering Case Study ENT725 20 credits
Structural Engineering ENT742 10 credits
Environmental Building Studies ENT743 10 credits
Dissertation (Civil, Structural, Geoenvironmental, Water) ENT509 60 credits


 Optional modules for year one


Module title Module code Credits
Fundamentals of Nanomechanics ENT630 10 credits
Big Data and AI in Civil Engineering ENT680 10 credits
Theoretical Soil Mechanics ENT714 10 credits
Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling ENT768 10 credits

A 2:2 honours degree in Civil, Structural or Architectural Engineering or a similar field from a UK university, or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have relevant industrial experience we will give your application individual consideration.


Entry to courses in Engineering will be subject to the University requirements for English language.


Criminal convictions
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.


If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:


  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

Fees for home status

  • Year one    £10,200    


Fees for overseas status

  • Year one    £23,450    


Additional costs
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
No specific equipment is needed for this course.

This course's graduate employment record is excellent, with the majority of graduates joining engineering consultancies.

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