The course

UCAS code
H211
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 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. The international dimension of the programme aims to encourage awareness of the global engineering industry and allows students to foster links with Europe, Australia or North America.

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.

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

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Students study courses that are common across the discipline including: Mechanics; Mathematics; and Civil Engineering Applications. Students also participate in a varied programme of site visits to help emphasise the real world application of their learning.

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 38%
Independent study: 62%

Assessment

Written: 55%
Practical: 11%
Coursework: 34%

Year 2

Expands on the basics of Level 1, with subjects such as: Hydraulics and Hydrology; Civil Engineering Materials; Analysis of Determinate Structures; and Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the 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

Is concerned with engineering principles, and subjects studied include: Design of Steel and Concrete Elements; Indeterminate Structures Transportation Engineering; and Geotechnics.

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

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

Is taken at a host institution abroad, either in Europe or North America, as part of an exchange programme. The programme will consist of design and technical components.

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 40%
Independent study: 60%

Assessment

Written: 0%
Practical: 100%
Coursework: 0%

Year 5

Students complete a research dissertation and a professional design project. Core courses include: Structural Materials; Stability and Dynamics; and Earthquake Engineering. There are also options in this year allowing students to specialise in subjects such as: FEA stress Analysis; Human Factors; and Construction Financial Management.

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

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 33%
Independent study: 67%

Assessment

Written: 49%
Practical: 15%
Coursework: 36%

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