MSc structural steel design

Imperial College London
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Structural Steel Design (H2U5)

Established in 1978, to provide training in the design, analysis and assessment of steel and composite (steel/concrete) structures, the course is designed to cover theoretical background and design considerations, and includes project work on structural forms of current industrial interest.

The course has evolved to incorporate Eurocodes, durability/repair of structural concrete and structural dynamics. It is ideally suited to practising engineers with relevant experience as well as recent graduates with an appropriate first degree. 

The course requires good prior knowledge of Structural Mechanics, Analysis and Mathematics. The basic material required as a prerequisite for this course is covered in the document Standardising the Technical Background of Entrants - Structures Cluster [pdf]. 

Accordion - MSc Structural Steel

Aims and objectives

  • Produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in structural design and analysis in industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations;
  • Provide the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of structural engineering;
  • Develop an understanding of how this knowledge may be applied in practice in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner;
  • Foster the acquisition and implementation of broad research and analytical skills related to structural engineering;
  • Attract highly motivated students irrespective of race, gender, background and physical disability, from the UK and overseas;
  • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the community including vocational training;
  • Provide an introduction to the subject for students from other relevant disciplines

Full or part time study options

**Entry to our two year part-time option is suspended for entry in 2021**

**Entry to our three year part-time option is suspended for entry in 2020 and 2021**

The full-time programme is taken over 12 months, with a single entry point per year at the beginning of October, part-time options equate to:

  • One day per week over three years
  • One and a half days per week over two years
  • Term release - see below

During the project/dissertation period, there is a typical attendance requirement of 1/1.5 days per week, in addition to a significant amount of personal study time

Autumn TermSummer Term

Attend for the entire term (11 weeks), students thereby taking the first half of the taught portion of the course. Undertake examination of autumn-term modules only. No attendance.

Autumn Term

No attendance. Complete (11 weeks) attendance, students thereby attending the second half of the taught portion of the course. Take examination papers covering material from the Spring Term. Undertake Conceptual Design Project (2-weeks of attendance).
Over three years - Year Two

Autumn Term

Undertake Research Dissertation or Detailed Design Project. Undertake Research Dissertation or Detailed Design Project.
Over three years - Year Three

Coursework will be submitted at the time required for the full-time course, that is either during Year 1 Autumn term, or during Year 2 Spring and Summer terms, or later as appropriate.

The Dissertation/Project will be submitted at the end of year 3, in time for the September Examiners' meeting.

Course structure

Students will undertake 6 modules in the autumn term (October to December), examined in January; and a further 6* modules in the spring term (January-March), examined after the Easter break.  This second examination period is followed by a 2-week conceptual group design exercise and a major individual piece of work, either research or design based. The course culminates in a final project which can be design or research orientated.  


Assessments include individual and group courseworks; projects and presentations; written and oral examinations and a research dissertation or detailed design project. To complete the requirements of the degree, all assessments must be undertaken to the appropriate level. Written examinations are held at the beginning of the spring term (January) and the summer term (April-May). Successful candidates will be awarded the MSc degree of Imperial College London and the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC).

Further resources for this programme



The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering All candidates who have indicated their wish to be considered for available funding at the application stage.   Full or partial tuition fee waiver
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries  A consortium of  Geotechnical  employers Bursaries are awarded to successful applicants to the Geotechnics Cluster MSc courses on excellent academic and professional records, supported   by relevant references and a strong personal statement.  Priority is given to UK-Based applicants.Number of awards: 5-10Deadline to apply: 31 May 2021 Typical contributions of £5,000 to £15,000 towards the course tuition fees and in some cases, subsistence
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund BursariesTransport cluster Number of awards: Up to 3Deadline to apply: N/A
Number of awards: Up to 3Deadline to apply: 30 May 2021  £6,500 each
These are the only sources of funding available within the Department. For European and Overseas applicants there are many foundations and organisations who can help with and advise on funding, including the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Society for Underwater Technology (Geotechnics). Enquiries should be directed to the relevant organisation. 
MSc and Scholarships
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund BursariesBrian Large Bursary 
  • College Awards and information: Santander MSc Scholarships (availability TBC),  College Funding Information
  • ScottishPower Foundation Scholarships (MSc studies in Energy and Environment in the UK. Apply by: April 2021 (TBC)

Minimum academic entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline, or Masters level degree qualification
  • Good mathematical skills (B or above at A-level or equivalent qualification)
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured
  • English Language qualification (where relevant)

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to present an English language qualification, passed at the appropriate level. This may follow the application if not available at the time of submission. Please see the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants for information. Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index. 

Note: The Department may set higher requirements than those specified by the College as minimum entry requirements and that places are not guaranteed for any applicant.  Relevance of degrees and eligibility can be checked with the Department.  



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