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MEngSc Structural Engineering

2023 Details

Programme Commencing:

September 2023

Programme duration:

1 Year Full Time

MEngSc Structural Engineering

Studying this Masters, you will cover a wide range of topics not traditionally covered in undergraduate degrees; the programme includes specialist modules in structural dynamics, bridge engineering, structural design and professional engineering. You will also learn how to work in a multidisciplinary setting through combined modules with Architecture students. Structural engineering is a continually evolving profession, and through the third Semester Research Project you will learn how to apply this specialist knowledge to develop new concepts and ideas under the supervision of research active academic staff. This programme will distinguish you as having specialist knowledge in the area of Structural Engineering and provide you with a competitive edge over your peers in the job market.


  • Multidisciplinary learning through collaborative modules with the School of Architecture and industry
  • Advanced taught modules in structural design, conservation and sustainability
  • Application of specialist knowledge to solve problems in new or emerging structural engineering applications

Why UCD?

Engineering at UCD is highly attractive to students due to the exposure to world leading researchers and the significant career prospects.

  • UCD is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide.
  • Degrees with high employability with dedicated careers support.
  • Ireland’s largest and most international university.
  • Established in 1854 with 160 years of teaching and research excellence.

what will i study?

The MEngSc in Structural Engineering will distinguish you as having specialist knowledge in the area of Structural Engineering and provide you with a competitive edge over your peers in the job market. Modules are taught by a combination of experienced academic staff and senior industry practitioners to provide students with the conceptual and managerial perspectives vital to a successful career in structural engineering.

Core Modules:

  • Realising Built Projects
  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Design
  • Innovation Leadership
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Structural Research Project
  • Fibre Reinforced Composites

Option Modules

  • Agency: Design / Build
  • Structural Design (Building Construction)
  • Unit Treatment Process in Water Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering Design
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Engineering Design Project
  • Energy Systems in Buildings I
  • Energy Systems in Buildings II
  • Professional Engineering (Management)
  • Environmental Assmt and Mgmt
What past graduates have to say:
Angelene Dascanio
This Masters is fast-paced, challenging and encompasses the skills required for a career in structural engineering. It includes both general and specialty concepts, for example, I took modules in steel and concrete design, but was also able to take a bridge engineering module to fulfil my interest in that particular field. I was initially drawn to the program because it uniquely incorporates some architecture modules into its curriculum. Also, I found the program framework, 60 credits of coursework and 30 credits of a research project, to be very efficient. During the academic year I was able to focus solely on my coursework, meet with my professors for extra help, and study for examinations. Then, during the summer, my efforts were placed on carrying out a research project with the guidance of a professor in my field of interest. As an international student (from America), I felt welcomed by the faculty and fellow classmates. I experienced a smooth transition between the material I learned as an undergraduate and the material presented on this Masters. As a whole, the program effectively prepared me with the essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a structural engineering career.
Angelene Dascanio, USA

Entry Requirements:

Entrants to the programme will have an Honours (Level 8) Bachelors Degree in Engineering or equivalent (with a minimum of 2H2 honours level, or equivalent) and the appropriate prior learning. Applicants will be reviewed individually and interviewed where there is any doubt about their suitability for the programme. Academic transcripts and names and contact details for two referees should be provided with your application.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Other courses of interest:

ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Eng. MEngSc Water, Waste & Environmental Eng.

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