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Civil Engineering Structures  MSc


The MSc Civil Engineering Structures is a long established and accredited programme for professional engineers who wish to expand their technical knowledge and skills in structural analysis and design. The programme includes advanced analytical techniques, use of current design standards but also use of technology solutions as extensive specialist software is available to support learning and open prospects for future careers. The Department of Civil Engineering offers a unique academic environment with many opportunities for creative design, research and professional engagement both at the University and with professional institutions and well known consulting engineers that are located in the vicinity. Experts from industry are regularly invited to provide insight into state of the art in structural engineering and diverse career opportunities.

The programme is structured in a flexible manner to enable both full-time and part-time study.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes for this course:

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

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.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

Start Date:

Autumn 2016

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 SELTs 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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

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 analysis and analysis of structures
  • Structural dynamics
  • Finite element methods
  • Structural reliability and risk
  • Design of concrete structures
  • Design of steel and composite structures

In addition, two elective modules are selected from:

  • Analysis of steel and concrete structures for blast and fire exposure
  • Bridge engineering
  • Earthquake analysis of structures.

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment


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.

Read the full programme specification


  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

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.

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.

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
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