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Civil Engineering Structures

MSc |
Create structural models for design and analysis, simulate environmental effects on structures and consider new materials with this transformative technical MSc in Civil Engineering Structures.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016


Full-time: one year
Part-time: 24-36 months


Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500 per year


Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Who is it for?

This course is for professional engineers who want to specialise in structural engineering or move into this area of expertise within their existing career. Normally students have an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related discipline. Students who don’t have qualifications in civil engineering usually have some relevant work experience in civil engineering structures so they are familiar with working within the specific technical domain.

“We want our graduates to go and work across the world so we foster diverse design approaches in a studio context. We encourage students to explore and look for original solutions within a well-equipped environment. Students also get experience in team working on technical projects which is challenging, but incredibly good for their future careers.”

Course Director, Dr Tatyana Micic


From analysing how carbon nanofibers can prevent corrosion in concrete to gaining insight from experts developing the new Forth Bridge, this MSc in Civil Engineering Structures has been designed to be broad in scope so you can develop your own area of structural engineering expertise.

As a department, we are interested in defining new structural forms and the new materials we could use to create them. We believe civil engineering is a creative and collaborative profession, as much as a technical one. This course gives you the tools to immerse yourself in both the analytical and experimental side of the subject, so you can investigate diverse problems to generate your own structural solutions.

The Civil Engineering Structures MSc mirrors industry practice, so you will work in groups with your peers from the first term onwards and learn from a group of world-leading engineers with diverse research strengths. From earthquake engineering to sustainable construction, you have the opportunity to learn in breadth and depth using high-end industry software to develop conceptual solutions for real-world projec


Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) logo

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators. This means it meets the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for those who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree or the equivalent.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree in civil engineering or a relevant subject or the equivalent from an international institution.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, the University works in partnership with KIC London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English or have not previously attended studies in English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 in all categories

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Apply for MSc Civil Engineering Structures

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
City University London
Northampton Square

World-leading structural engineers teach on the programme
Facilities ensure graduates are prepared for work


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

Last year, over 80% of UK/EU postgraduate students received one of our scholarships, bursaries or prizes.

Academic facilities

There is a dedicated lab on site equipped with tools to establish and investigate all kinds of construction materials from concrete to timber. You also have access to a metal working workshop where you can liaise with mechanical engineers to develop scale models, and you can experiment within state-of-the-art facilities including specialist soil labs and large-scale equipment including a wind turbine.

We have an extensive library housing all the references, journals and codes of practice that you will need during your studies.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

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Teaching and learning

The course is taught by staff from the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering with some contribution from Industrial experts. Teaching is mainly in the form of lectures, but IT sessions and seminars are also used where appropriate.  Modules are shared between two ten-week teaching terms running October-December and January-March. Although work for the MSc dissertation commences during the second term, most of the research work is carried out during the summer months.

The duration of full-time studies is 12 months. A part-time route is also available, where students spend either two or three years completing this programme. For completion following two years of study, part-time students attend lectures for up to two days each week. Alternatively, three year completion can be achieved by attending a single day each week.


Assessment of theoretical modules is based on a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are shared between the January and April/May examination periods. Design oriented modules are normally assessed by coursework only, where students work both in groups and individually on challenging projects that are varied each year. For the MSc dissertation, students are required to attend a viva following submission of the final report.


The course covers advanced study of modern structural engineering subjects, providing an up-to-date combination of design and analytical topics and of theory and professional practice. The course modules cover theoretical aspects of advanced structural engineering and develops appropriate design skills. The course offers a blend of theory and practice at postgraduate level to enhance the career prospects of both recent graduates and mid-career structural engineers.

Course Structure

Core modules:

  • Advanced structural analysis and stability (20 credits)
  • Finite element methods (15 credits)
  • Dynamics of structures (15 credits)
  • Structural reliability and risk (10 credits)
  • Design of concrete structures (15 credits)
  • Design of steel and composite structures (15 credits)
  • Dissertation for MSc degree (Research Skills and Individual Project) (60 credits).

Elective modules

You will be able to study two of the following elective modules.
  • Analysis of steel and concrete structures for blast and fire exposure (15 credits)
  • Bridge engineering (15 credits)
  • Earthquake analysis of structures (15 credits).
  • Student
    I firmly believe that the MSc in Civil Engineering Structures includes all the core modules necessary for me to excel in the field of structural engineering and pursue a career as an engineer that meets modern challenges.
  • Student
    I learned so much at City from lectures and the people I met. Living in London during my time at City also meant more opportunity to find the right company to work for.

Career prospects

Graduates have been very successful in securing employment with leading civil engineering consultants, research institutes and government agencies and pursuing doctoral studies both in the UK and internationally.

Apply for MSc Civil Engineering Structures

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
City University London
Northampton Square

Contact details

Programmes Office (room A302)

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