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Why study this course
The MEng Structural Engineering course is the first of its kind to be offered in London, providing students with a path into the industry that designs and constructs stable, durable and elegant structures. The Clerkenwell location provides a vibrant and relevant environment for structural engineers to collaborate with leading architects and other designers.
More about this course
MEng students are strongly encouraged to follow a 12-month industrial placement between the end of year three and start of their final year. Specialist advisors within the School are in regular contact with engineering firms to assist in finding suitable internships and placements. Students benefit from the advantage of studying in the vibrant Design Quarter of Clerkenwell, where numerous extra-curricular professional activities occur (for example, at the nearby Institution of Structural Engineers). These offer excellent networking opportunities that can lead to exciting work experience opportunities.
Who is this course for?
This course responds to the demand for motivated, creative individuals who wish to take full advantage of their interest in science and mathematics to arrive at elegant designs that link optimisation with a beauty of architectural form. Students who have also studied art or design are particularly suited to this innovative course.
Year one is common to all of the engineering courses. Students study the science (largely physics) and mathematics that underpin engineering principles. Group exercises provide students with the opportunities to undertake preliminary engineering designs. Students begin to specialise in year two, through the study of geology and soil mechanics plus measurement and data analysis, in addition to tackling more advanced solid and fluid mechanics topics. The third year places further emphasis on structural design, with increasing exposure to both case histories and live projects. Students are shown how to take consideration of ethical, sustainability and health and safety aspects when conceiving engineering solutions. The final year of the integrated Masters involves a major individual research project and substantial group design exercises as well as modules covering advanced computational methods and either bridge or tall building design.
Skills and experience gained
Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study with help to develop sketching and other engineering communication skills. Our approach rewards critical thinking and curiosity. Students are shown how to arrive at efficient solutions where the structure can withstand the stresses and displacements resulting from all plausible static and dynamic loads (be they gravitational, seismic, wind, thermal or impact). The process involves selecting appropriate materials, deciding upon suitable geometries, understanding the requirements for the foundations and considering the construction sequence, while always keeping in mind aesthetics, function and economics.
After the course
We anticipate that graduates from this unique course will be sought after by leading structural engineering consultancies and architectural practices, such as Arup, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Thornton Tomasetti, SOM, BuroHappold Engineering and AKT II. High-achieving students will have the opportunity to undertake their placement or summer internship with these businesses.
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