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University of Leeds: Structural Engineering

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Civil Engineering
Telephone 0113 343 2302
Study type Taught


Structural engineers help to make, shape and maintain the built environment, from buildings and bridges to water supply systems, power plants and flood defences. They are professionals who enjoy innovation, challenges, opportunities, responsibility and excitement in a varied and very satisfying career. Working in structural engineering provides a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives and their environment.

Our Structural Engineering MSc will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills to succeed in this challenging industry. You’ll build your understanding of a range of core topics such as concrete and steel design, structural analysis, design optimisation and how structures are designed and managed in earthquake zones. You’ll also develop your research skills and focus on a specific topic when you complete your own research project.

Taught by leading academics and practitioners, you’ll prepare to face some of the significant challenges of the 21st century and have the chance to familiarise yourself with our industry-grade facilities at Leeds so you’re fully equipped to pursue a career in this area when you graduate.

This course also has close links with local and regional industry, as well as the Yorkshire branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) – and you’ll benefit from the expertise of our active research groups across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Why study at Leeds: - Graduate from a university ranked in the top 5 in the UK for Civil Engineering, Guardian University Guide 2023, and 44th in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, with an MSc that has been accredited by both the Joint Board of Moderators and EUR-ACE.

  • Learn the latest innovations in structural engineering research in areas like infrastructure resilience, numerical and experimental analysis of coupled phenomena and adaptive, optimised structures to environmental influences. This impactful, world-leading research is conducted right here in our School and feeds directly into the course.

  • Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas sought after in industry such as engineering, structural engineering design, advanced structural analysis and design and management of structures in earthquake zones.

  • Conduct your own individual research project as part of your course and gain industry experience in researching and delivering a project that focuses on a real-world problem and explores your specific interests and career ambitions.

  • Access industry-relevant facilities including bench-top testing facilities, testing rigs, specialist software and a dedicated study suite for Masters students.

  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team with a wealth of expertise and industrial experience, and who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research as part of the Materials and Structures, Cities, Infrastructure and Energy, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics and Robotics@Leeds research groups.

  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have pursued careers in engineering and are now working with reputable corporations worldwide.

  • Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Committee and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

MSc (Eng)

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