Structural Engineering Design and Management

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Engineering and Physical Sciences


Natural and Built Environment

* 1 year full-time


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.

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Course Details

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 & Feedback

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.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching takes place in the mornings and afternoons.

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.


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


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.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • 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.

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

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

How To Apply

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The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

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.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

From time to time, industry awards are available for our taught MSc programmes, please see the School website for further information. The School may also offer a number of postgraduate taught bursaries and fee reduction scholarships for UK, EU and international students (all applicants are automatically considered for these).

The University also offers a number of awards and bursaries in the form of fellowships, externally-funded scholarships, special requests, gifts and prizes to which students can apply. Government scholarship schemes may be available for MSc programmes. For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website:


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