Institution / Queens University Belfast

Structural Engineering Design & Management

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.

Why Queen's?
• 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
• 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.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree in Civil or Structural Engineering or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in an unrelated discipline, with relevant previous work experience, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours standard (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case by case basis, if they can demonstrate appropriate experience, acceptable to the School.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information For International Students
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

For additional information, please visit our website.
• English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
• Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
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1 year full-time.
Teaching takes place in the mornings and afternoons.

Careers or further progression

Well-trained graduates and structural engineers are highly sought after by engineering consultancy firms, engineering contractors, international businesses, the maritime industry and the public sector. Some students will choose to follow a research route and pursue a PhD in advance of a career in academia and research organisations.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Daniel McPolin
School of Natural and Built Environment
Tel: 028 9097 4006

Subjects taught

The degree has been designed to develop enhanced, structural and analytic abilities with the objective of applying them in design scenarios, with an emphasis on the business case for engineering projects.

Modules are as follows:
Full Year Modules
Construction and Business Management, Structural Design and Communication, Bridge and Structural Engineering, Durability and Whole Life Management of Structures.

Semester 1
Structural Repairs and Maintenance

Semester 2
Numerical Methods

Semester 3
Research Dissertation - the purpose of the dissertation is to probe challenging and unknown areas of research, in which the candidates have a natural curiosity.

Assessment method

Teaching and assessment methods depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice. These methods may include lectures, tutorials, design seminars, practical laboratory classes, problem-centred techniques such as case studies, computer/software practical demonstrations and applications, non-book media (videos and podcasts), individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums, industry visits and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning environment.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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