The School of Natural and Built Environment has a reputation as one of the leading centres for structural design in the UK and this degree offers the opportunity for postgraduate students to join this success story. The programme is aimed at students with good numerical and analytical abilities, who are working towards Chartered Engineer status.
The professional bodies, such as the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers, require members to hold an accredited Masters level degree for entry. The research element is aimed at those who would wish to consider a research career or a PhD in Structures. The applied nature of this course prepares students for working in a professional design consultancy. Problem based learning is used to focus knowledge in challenging and realistic manner.
This degree is unique in its appreciation of management of ageing structures with modules such as 'Structural Repairs and Maintenance' and 'Whole Life Management of Structures' bringing a new set of skills to the discipline of Structural Engineering. In developed economies, over 50 per cent of expenditure on the built environment is on management of existing infrastructure. The industry therefore requires specialists with skills to address these challenges.
This degree will be 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) undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk
Within the School, there is a large, young and vibrant Structures academic team, and as such this new degree forms an excellent basis for those wishing to pursue further research.
Teaching will take place in the David Keir Building, and students can avail of the excellent laboratory and design spaces.