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Structural Engineering

Course overview

A postgraduate major in Structural Engineering is concerned with the design of high-rise buildings, industrial complexes, bridges, stadiums, and sporting and exhibition centres.

You will gain an understanding of how forces, such as the weight of a building, its contents, and environmental loads, are resisted by and transferred through structures and buildings to the ground.

Areas of study inclue concrete structures, steel structures, numerical methods in engineering and structural dynamics.

Course requirements

To meet requirements for the Master of Engineering majoring in Structural Engineering a candidate will complete 72 credit points as listed in the unit of study table including:

  • 24 credit points of core units
  • 24 credit points of specialist units
  • a minimum of 12 credit points of research units
  • a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units.

Candidates who have been granted 24 credit points of Reduced Volume Learning (RVL), must complete 48 credit points of Core/Specialist/Research units with a balance such that there is:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units
  • a minimum of 12 credit points of specialist units, and
  • a minimum of 12 credit points of research units.

For more information on units of study and degree program requirements visit CUSP (