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Taking the Structures major will give you much greater depth of knowledge in this field along with breadth of skills across all disciplines in Civil Engineering.  You will complete advanced units of study in areas such as advanced structural analysis, structural behaviour and structural dynamics. Structural engineers take into account natural forces such as wind, waves and earthquakes and their effects when designing and planning for building. Certain stresses caused by the modern environment, such as the traffic of both cars and people, also need to be considered. Innovative solutions to these problems are researched, developed and tested by structural engineers.

Graduate opportunities

As a structural engineering graduate, you may specialise in one area of work:  examples include bridges and tunnels, buildings or large constructions such as oil installations. Engineers who  both studied and taught at the University of Sydney have been involved in the construction of major structures such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Aquatic Centre at Homebush Bay, and the Anzac Bridge.

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