Detailed course guide
The curriculum of Structural and Foundation Engineering covers the specialist technical and computational skills necessary for today’s construction industry and therefore offers excellent preparation for employment across an industry that includes consulting and contracting engineers, public authorities and local government. In addition, the course also provides a suitable springboard for graduates seeking a career in a research lead environment.
Both MSc and Diploma students undertake the 5 mandatory and 3 optional taught courses from the list below. MSc students also complete a Masters dissertation.
Advanced Design Of Reinforced Concrete Structures (mandatory)
Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (mandatory)
Finite Element Method Linear Analysis (mandatory)
Ground Engineering (optional)
Structural Materials (optional)
Plastic Analysis of Structures (mandatory)
Advanced Design Of Steel And Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (mandatory)
Foundation Engineering (optional)
Safety, Risk and Reliability (optional)
Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings (optional)
Design of Low Carbon Buildings (optional)
Finite Element Method Nonlinear Analysis (optional)
Computational Modelling Of Concrete And Steel (optional)
For MSc level entry applicants must have:
Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion courses, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.
For PG Diploma level entry applicants must have:
Third class honours degree in a cognate or semi-cognate subject area PLUS 2 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level completed post qualification.
Cognate or semi-cognate ordinary degree PLUS 3-4 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level following graduation.
Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.
There is no entry at PG Certificate level except through exceptional agreement with approved learning partners.
Non-graduating study at masters level:
Entry is based on CV or on formal academic qualifications or graduate (or incorporated) membership of a relevant professional institution.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Heriot-Watt University is committed to providing opportunities to applicants who have a wide range of prior experiences through
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Prior learning at postgraduate level is normally recognised to gain exemption from individual courses within a course based on an existing academic qualification. Note that the prior learning must have been rated at the level of the courses for which RPL is sought, yet credits from an award already held by an applicant can only contribute to a higher award in the same discipline, e.g. from PG Diploma to MSc. If you believe that you qualify for RPL, please contact the Learning & Teaching Support Team via firstname.lastname@example.org, who will guide you through the RPL application procedure.
The school will only consider students' requests for RPL at the time of application for their course of study.
English language requirements
If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.
Applicants who have previously successfully completed courses delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree course. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.
We offer a range of
English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters course:
14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
Online Learning students
Please note that Online Learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Online / distance learning**
Scotland / Non-UK EU
England / Northern Ireland / Wales
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees. Additional fees information
**Students pay £1350 per course and £1740 for the Dissertation. This programme consists of 8 courses (modules). MSc students are also required to submit a Masters dissertation.
For questions about Heriot-Watt Online fees, please contact our Student Support Team:
email@example.com Financial support
Tuition fee loans of £5,500 are available to Scottish distance learning students on taught postgraduate courses. Full-time distance learning postgraduate students can also access a £4,500 living cost loan. Find out more from the
Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
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