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MEng (Hons) Structural Engineering

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The MEng Structural Engineering course is the first of its kind to be offered in London, providing students with a path into the industry that designs and constructs stable, durable and elegant structures.

Key Information

Start date

September 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

Four years or five years including a professional placement

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 *

Non-EU

Full-time: £17,500 **

UCAS code

H2Z6; H2Z3 with professional placement.

Application period

From September 2018

Until 15th January 2019

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

Students who have also studied art or design are particularly suited to this innovative course. The Clerkenwell location provides a vibrant and relevant environment for structural engineers to collaborate with leading architects and other designers.

Objectives

This new degree is the first of its kind to be offered in London. It responds to the demand for motivated, creative individuals who wish to take full advantage of their interest in science and mathematics to arrive at elegant designs that link optimisation with a beauty of architectural form.

Our approach rewards critical thinking and curiosity. Students are shown how to arrive at efficient solutions where the structure can withstand the stresses and displacements resulting from all plausible static and dynamic loads (be they gravitational, seismic, wind, thermal or impact).

Accreditation

Our engineering degrees are well established and have always been accredited by the relevant professional institutions, providing a path for graduates to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Our new MEng degree has been designed to continue this tradition and we have every expectation that the new degree listed here will similarly receive full accreditation.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: AAA (including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Biology).
  • Tariff: 144 UCAS tariff points (including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Biology). Read more about the new UCAS tariff from September 2017.
  • BTEC: BTEC is not considered.
  • IB: 35 points (including Higher Level Mathematics and Physics at grade 6).

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English.

Other suitable qualifications

  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an ‘A’ Level offer reduced by one grade.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Engineering and Mathematics.

International Qualifications

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes. For more information please contact ugadmissions@city.ac.uk.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 51 in each component.

English Language Programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2019 should arrive at UCAS between September 2018 and 15th January 2019. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2019 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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The MEng (Hons) Structural Engineering course is the first of its kind in London.
London
City is ideally situated for structural engineering, surrounded by design and architecture practices in Clerkenwell.
Facilities
Students have access to world leading test facilities to undertake research projects and laboratory tests that support their learning.
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The fee for your first year of study will be £17,500. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.

Funding

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

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.

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Design led Engineering at City

Engineering has been taught at City, University of London, for over 100 years. Our 7 engineering undergraduate programmes have particular emphasis on creative design. Four leading structural engineers share their thoughts on design innovation as we lead you through an inspiring historical journey through engineering.

Placements

The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies.

Our team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure professional experience across a range of industries. The team also has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations

MEng students are strongly encouraged to follow a 12-month industrial placement between the end of year three and start of their final year. Specialist advisors within the School are in regular contact with engineering firms to assist in finding suitable internships and placements. Students benefit from the advantage of studying in the vibrant Design Quarter of Clerkenwell, where numerous extracurricular professional activities occur (for example, at the nearby Institution of Structural Engineers). These offer excellent networking opportunities that can lead to exciting work experience placements.

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. Undertaking a placement year could also count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification. In recent years students on engineering courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as Balfour Beatty, AECOM, Arup, Interserve and Network Rail.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to; achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

Clerkenwell, City, University of London

Our London location

At the heart of cosmopolitan London City is perfectly situated in the vibrant area of Clerkenwell. Close to many innovative and well-known businesses with strong ties to our students and alumni, City is the ideal place to be as an engineering student.

Academic facilities

engineering lab

We have an array of recently refurbished facilities, including exceptional laboratories.

The Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility is the centrepiece of the Civil Engineering Laboratory which also accommodates a large flexible laboratory space used for centrifuge model preparation, model testing at 1g, concrete testing and teaching.

Adjacent to this are concrete mixing and casting facilities, a temperature-controlled soil element testing laboratory and a concrete durability laboratory.

Accommodation

We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study with help to develop sketching and other engineering communication skills. Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study.

The material is delivered through lectures, tutorials, design exercises (often replicating a multi-disciplinary studio environment), field courses and laboratory classes.

Students are shown how to arrive at efficient solutions where the structure can withstand the stresses and displacements resulting from all plausible static and dynamic loads (be they gravitational, seismic, wind, thermal or impact). The process involves selecting appropriate materials, deciding upon suitable geometries, understanding the requirements for the foundations and considering the construction sequence, while always keeping in mind aesthetics, function and economics.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
  • Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
  • Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills
  • Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.

Assessment

Assessment is by both coursework and examinations. Grades obtained in each year count towards the final degree classification, with increasing weight given to the later years.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 62% Coursework: 38%

Year 2

Written examination: 53% Coursework: 47%

Year 3

Written examination: 58% Coursework: 42%

Year 4

Written examination: 17% Coursework: 83%

Assessment weightings by year

Year 1: 10% ∙ Year 2: 20% ∙ Year 3: 30% ∙ Year 4: 40%

Modules

Our Clerkenwell location gives you access to many of the leading structural engineering consultants. They collaborate with us to support you during design exercises helping you to tackle real projects with constraints and challenges that would be encountered in practice. Feedback from practicing engineers helps you to develop your ability to apply technical knowledge in a creative way to open-ended problems.

The process involves selecting appropriate materials, deciding upon suitable geometries, understanding the requirements for the foundations and considering the construction sequence, while always keeping in mind aesthetics, function and economics.

Year 1

Year one is common to all of the engineering courses. Students study the science (largely physics) and mathematics that underpin engineering principles. Group exercises provide students with the opportunities to undertake preliminary engineering designs.

  • Mathematics I, EX1010 20 credits
  • Engineering Science, ET1060 20 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics I, ET1070
  • Solid Mechanics, ET1080 20 credits
  • Electronics, ET1061 20 credits
  • Design I, ET1090 20 credits

Year 2

Students begin to specialise in year two, through the study of geology and soil mechanics plus measurement and data analysis, in addition to tackling more advanced solid and fluid mechanics topics.

  • Mathematics II, EX2010 20 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics II, ET2070 20 credits
  • Structural Mechanics, ET2080 20 credits
  • Geology and Soil Mechanics, CV2501 20 credits
  • Measurement and Data Analysis, ET2082 20 credits
  • Design II: Civil and Structural, CV2500 20 credits

Year 3

The third year places further emphasis on structural design, with increasing exposure to both case histories and live projects. Students are shown how to take consideration of ethical, sustainability and health and safety aspects when conceiving engineering solutions.

  • Geotechnical Engineering, CV3501 20 credits
  • Computational Structural Mechanics, CV3601 20 credits
  • Structural Engineering, CV3602 20 credits
  • Performance of Structural Systems, CV3603 20 credits
  • Civil Engineering Management, CV3502 20 credits
  • Design III: Structural, CV3600 20 credits

Year 4

The final year of the integrated Masters involves a major individual research project and substantial group design exercises as well as modules covering advanced computational methods and either bridge or tall building design.

Core modules

  • Advanced Analytical Methods, CVM432 20 credits
  • Design IV: Structural, CVM440 20 credits
  • MEng Project: Structural, CVM445 20 credits

Elective modules

  • Bridge Design, CVM441 20 credits
  • Tall Building Design, CVM443 20 credits

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning.

Approximate study time based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 36% Independent learning: 64%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 38% Independent learning: 62%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 30% Independent learning: 70%

Year 4

Scheduled learning: 25% Independent learning: 75%
After you graduate

Career prospects

We anticipate that graduates from this unique course will be sought after by leading structural engineering consultancies and architectural practices, such as Arup, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Thornton Tomasetti, SOM, BuroHappold Engineering and AKT II.

High-achieving students will have the opportunity to undertake their placement or summer internship with these businesses.

Structural Engineering

UCAS code: H2Z6; H2Z3 with professional placement.

Application Deadline

15th January 2019


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2019 should arrive at UCAS between September 2018 and 15th January 2019. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2019 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Contact details

Engineering Admissions Officer

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