MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Structural Engineering

Postgraduate, Part-time

Develop skills in the analysis, design and assessment of engineering structures subject to normal, seismic and extreme loading and environmental conditions.

  • Napier code:

    52723MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    3 years

  • Award:

    MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Accredited by relevant professional bodies and designed to meet the needs of the modern construction industry, this course offers a wide range of structural engineering principles, as you learn about issues relating to steel and concrete structures and foundations.

Part-time study is flexible. Normally students will take two years to complete the programme. Many part-time students undertake projects in their place of work.


Craiglockhart campus under construction

Through this highly technical course, studied one year full-time or two years part-time, you will develop skills in numerical simulation using a variety of advanced software.

You will also learn failure analysis methods, the Eurocodes and the code of practice for the design of various construction materials, research skills and the legal issues surrounding construction.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT). Industry practitioners are regularly invited as guest speakers and lecturers.

Subjects include

  • Advanced mechanics of materials and FEA
  • Advanced structural concrete
  • Advanced; structural steel design
  • Forensic engineering;
  • Foundation design to eurocode 7
  • Structural; dynamics and earthquake design
  • MSc thesis

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

As a qualified structural engineer with advanced training, you will be in demand in the construction industry worldwide. Alternatively, you may choose to use this course as the basis for further education or extensive research.



The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) degree at 2:2 or above with a background in Civil Engineering.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£570
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £350
Overseas-Taught modules *£1,893 *£1,893
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,262 £1,262
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 120 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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