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Advanced Structural Engineering, MSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
English
Start dates
Aberdeen
January 2022

Aberdeen
September 2022

Aberdeen
January 2023

Aberdeen
September 2023

Program description

Advanced Structural Engineering, MSc

The MSc Advanced Structural Engineering follows the Structural Engineering Institute "Vision for the Future" by offering a broad and flexible curriculum, which allows you to design your course of study to suit your academic background and career interests far beyond the construction industry.

Unlike many other programmes in structural engineering that focus on the construction industry, the MSc Advanced Structural Engineering at Aberdeen has been developed in response to the Structural Engineering Institute's "Vision for the Future", which sets out its strategy to ensure structural engineers contribute to the advancement of society on a global scale.

This advanced programme is designed to produce the next generation of structural engineering professionals capable of applying their skills across a wide range of industrial sectors, such as construction, aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, and oil and gas.

The MSc Advanced Structural Engineering is also distinctive because it offers courses such as Advanced Composite Materials, Lightweight Structures and Engineering Optimisation, which are crucial for students interested in pursuing a career in Aerospace, Automotive or Wind Energy sectors, where lightweight structures made of advanced composite materials and highly optimised for their performance play a key role.

The School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen is known for its research in civil engineering and has one of the best hydraulic laboratory facilities in Scotland associated with a high-level research profile. The Structures Research group, in particular, investigates fundamental and applied aspects of the design and analysis of structural systems, components, connections and materials, and evaluates the performance, condition and health of existing structural systems.

Admission requirements

Minimum requirements for this programme are a 2:1 (upper second class) Honours degree in Civil, Mechanical, Automotive, Aerospace, Energy or Structural Engineering, or equivalent.

Those with a 2:2 Honours degree in a relevant Engineering discipline may also be considered if they can demonstrate 2+ years of relevant industry experience and keen motivation.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.


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Program content

Stage 1: January to May

Compulsory Courses

  • Mathematical Optimisation
  • Lightweight Structures

Optional Courses

  • Riser systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis
  • Finite element method

Stage 2: June to August

Compulsory Courses

  • Advanced Structural Engineering Individual Project

Stage 3: September to December

Compulsory Courses

  • Advanced Composite Materials
  • Structural Vibrations

Optional Courses

Two from the following:

  • Offshore Structural Design
  • Fire and Explosion Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Tuition fees

  • EU / International Students: £23,500
  • Home / RUK: £9,200

Career opportunities

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

  • More information on employability at the University of Aberdeen
  • More information on the Careers and Employability Service

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...


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University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK

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