Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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MEng Structural Engineering with Architecture

UCAS code: H2KC

Duration: 5 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Accreditation
Study abroad
Placements

Introducing MEng Structural Engineering with Architecture

Structural engineering and architecture combine to shape the built environment that surrounds us. They determine everything from design and construction to material use and aesthetics.

This programme will equip you with highly valuable training in structural engineering and give you an appreciation of the architectural context.

You will build on fundamental concepts of structural engineering and learn how to apply scientific knowledge and modern engineering tools to all major forms of infrastructure, in relation to:

  • analysis
  • design
  • construction
  • maintenance

Why Edinburgh?

This programme draws on our areas of particular expertise, including:

  • structural fire engineering
  • advanced geotechnical engineering
  • the use of modern construction materials

This interdisciplinary programme is taught jointly with the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), which is part of Edinburgh College of Art.

In Year 1, you will spend approximately half of your time taking Architecture classes. This architecture component continues in later years, but the time reduces as you shift your focus to core structural engineering courses.

We offer a close-knit, supportive community within which to develop your engineering skills.

Ties to industry

We have strong industrial engagement through our Industrial Advisory Board and industrial input to our teaching, including our design projects.

You will also have opportunities to interact with recent graduates who are now working in industry.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

We are undertaking an ongoing curriculum renewal, which may result in changes to this degree programme.

The renewal is being carried out in consultation with our industrial partners, accreditation bodies and students, to make sure we equip you for an exciting career in the ever-changing world of engineering.

Year 1

Engineers are creative problem-solvers. They are adept at working in professional, interdisciplinary teams to tackle society's ever more complex challenges.

Your study will be divided between engineering and mathematics courses, and architecture.

Introductory courses

In Year 1, you will take introductory courses that help you develop the confidence, advanced thinking, team-working and problem-solving skills that you will later rely on as a professional engineer.

In your study of architecture, you will be introduced to architectural history and take design courses, including studio work.

In Engineering Design, you will work as part of a team on an interdisciplinary engineering task. You will get involved in design and use your engineering judgement to evaluate your solution.

Year 2

This year further develops your knowledge of core areas of engineering and you will continue to explore architectural history.

You will study:

  • Structural engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Tools for engineering design

These courses prepare you for further specialisation at honours level. They cover technical concepts and, where possible, give you the opportunity to apply these in a practical situation.

You will also study programming to develop your skills in computer control and simulation – essentials in the engineer's toolkit. As well as:

  • engineering mathematics
  • essential professional skills for engineers
  • two further electives from within the School of Engineering, including fire science and engineering

Year 3

You will focus entirely on the study of core materials, spanning:

  • structural engineering
  • the architectural aspects of the construction
  • the design of real buildings

This is supplemented by two option courses, one of which may be in architecture.

Progression routes

At the end of Year 3, you will have the option to complete one more year for a BEng (Hons) or a further two years for a MEng (Hons). The latter is subject to you meeting the MEng progression requirements.

Year 4

You will take a mixture of advanced compulsory and option courses. These will deepen your fundamental knowledge of structural engineering and architecture.

You will undertake substantial design projects encompassing geotechnical engineering and interdisciplinary engineering.

Year 5

You will take further advanced courses in both structural engineering and architecture, as well as further option courses.

You will undertake a substantial structural engineering design project, supported by experienced industrialists.

Half of your final-year credits will be allocated to your honours thesis. This should be an original study of a challenging engineering problem and may be undertaken in architecture, engineering, or both.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2021/22)

Our facilities

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Engineering is currently operating a hybrid teaching model. Hybrid teaching is a flexible blend of:

  • digital learning
  • in-person, on-campus teaching (subject to current physical distancing requirements)

You will have access to the University's libraries and engineering and computing laboratories.

Placements

We encourage you to undertake relevant work experience during your degree. We work closely with the Careers Service to advertise internship opportunities and arrange company presentations.

We support you in developing graduate attributes through our Edinburgh Award for Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Placements. This is recognised on your academic transcript.

Study abroad

In Year 3, you will have opportunities to study abroad through the University's international exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Engineering is currently operating a hybrid teaching model. Hybrid teaching is not the same as 100% online teaching - it is a flexible blend of:

  • digital learning
  • in-person, on-campus teaching (subject to current physical distancing requirements)

Course content that would have been delivered through in-person lectures will be taught through other formats. This applies to the majority of our courses.

Depending on the course, this may include a mixture of:

  • specially created video content
  • written materials
  • additional content to support self-study
  • live-streamed lectures where appropriate (for example, guest lectures)

Group teaching

Social distancing means that we must work within strict building capacity limitations. Therefore, we now offer group teaching digitally and on-campus simultaneously.

You will be scheduled for in-person attendance at a proportion of the on-campus activities for your course. For the remaining activities, or if you are unable to come to campus, you will attend digitally.

How will I be assessed?

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of courses have introduced coursework in addition to, or to replace, end of semester assessments.

Where an end of semester assessment is required, this will be in the form of a take-home exam. You should complete this in the same amount of time allocated to the equivalent in-person exam (for example, 90 minutes) but you will be given 24 hours in which to submit your solutions.

Studying engineering at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a career as a professional engineer in the UK or abroad. All of our courses meet the requirements of the UK's professional engineering bodies.

On graduating from this programme, you will have:

  • a thorough, core knowledge
  • analytical skills
  • practical skills
  • design skills
  • communication skills

This enables you to join a design, production or research team - or move rapidly into management and leadership roles.

Alternatively, many of our graduates go on to work in other areas, including:

  • the civil service
  • education
  • the armed forces
  • the financial sector

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 555 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 555 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: Mathematics at A and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or Engineering Science at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: Physics or Engineering Science at B and English at C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science/Computing, Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology) or Engineering at B. GCSEs: Physics or Science at B or 6 and English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or Design & Technology at 5. SL: Physics at 5 (if not at HL) and English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MEng Structural Engineering with Architecture

Additional costs

There is a surveying field trip in Year 3. The cost is approximately £250, covering transport, accommodation, materials and other subsistence.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

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How to apply

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering