The course

UCAS code
H241
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

The programme offers a thorough grounding in the major branches of Civil Engineering but with a focus on aspects most relevant to Structural Engineering. The aims of the programme are similar to those for Civil Engineering but with a stronger emphasis on the analysis, skills and knowledge appropriate to Structural Engineering design. In addition, the programme aims to cultivate skills for the creative development of designs for construction projects. An unrivalled range of specialist options is available in Year 5 and students complete a professional design project.

All Structural Engineering programmes are supported by the Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from major multi-national employers offering advice, guidance and work placement opportunities.

Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt is ranked 1st in the UK in the Guardian League Table 2015.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer

Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer..

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Note that the below programme structure is provided to illustrate distribution of teaching and is subject to developmental change.

For more information and image galleries of field trips and workshops visit our 'Further Information' webpage.

Semester 1

  • Mechanics A
  • Civil Engineering Applications 1
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1

Semester 2

  • Mechanics B
  • Introduction to Materials
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Students take part in site visits to a range of construction sites

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 38%
  • Independent study: 62%

Assessment

  • Written: 55%
  • Practical: 11%
  • Coursework: 34%
Year 2

Semester 1

  • Analysis of Determinate Structures
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology A
  • Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3

Semester 2

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Stress Analysis and Element Strength
  • Design Studies A - Problem Solving
  • Statistics for Science

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the week-long Constructionarium programme, where they get hands-on construction experience of the civil engineering industry.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 38%
  • Independent study: 62%

Assessment

  • Written: 55%
  • Practical: 8%
  • Coursework: 37%
Year 3

Semester 1

  • Design of Steel Elements
  • Transportation Engineering A
  • Indeterminate Structures
  • Geology and Soil Properties

Semester 2

  • Hydraulics and Hydrology B
  • Geotechnics A - Introduction to Soil Mechanics
  • Design of Concrete Elements
  • Environmental Engineering A

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 40%
  • Independent study: 60%

Assessment

  • Written: 57%
  • Practical: 4%
  • Coursework: 39%
Year 4

Students complete a research dissertation and engage in subjects in more depth. Students also undertake a design project involving collaborative work with students from other disciplines within the built environment professions.

Semester 1

  • Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering Discipline
  • Geotechnics B - Soil Strength
  • FEA and Stress Analysis A
  • Structural Element Design

Semester 2

  • Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering Discipline
  • Analysis of Indeterminate Structures
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Structural Engineering Design Project

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 33%
Independent study: 67%

Assessment

Written: 41%
Practical: 17%
Coursework: 42%

Year 5

Semester 1

  • Structural Engineering Professional Design Project
  • Structural Materials
  • Stability and Dynamics

Optional course. Students choose from the following courses:

  • Contracts and Procurement
  • Human Factor Methods
  • Ground Engineering
  • Project Management Theory and Practice

Semester 2

  • Earthquake Engineering
  • FEA and Stress Analysis B
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability

Optional course. Students choose from the following courses:

  • Construction Financial Management
  • Human Factors
  • Project Management Strategic Issues

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to Barcelona, looking at the design of some of the worlds’ most iconic structures.

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 40%
Independent study: 60%

Assessment

Written: 74%
Practical: 8%
Coursework: 18%

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MEng Structural Engineering students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 80% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 90% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £25000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Elementary occupations
  • Design occupations
  • Architects, town planners and surveyors

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB or BBBBB to include Mathematics at Grade B.
  • A-Levels ABC or BBB to include Mathematics at B
  • Int. Baccalaureate 31 points to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with Advanced Higher Mathematics

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB to include Mathematics
  • Advanced Highers BB to include Mathematics plus AAAB at Higher
  • HNC A in graded unit with at least SCQF level 7 or NQF level 4 in a relevant mathematics course.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 35 points including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction including Advanced Higher Mathematics

Year 3

  • HND AB in graded units with A in final graded unit and at least SCQF level 7 or NQF level 4 in a relevant mathematics course.

Additional information

  • For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications and mature candidates. All EU and overseas candidates will require an IELTS overall grade 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

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