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Structural Engineering and Materials (MSEM)

The programme offers high level training in structural design, structural analysis and structural materials by providing sound theoretical background and encouraging critical and innovative thinking. Students benefit from international level expertise in concrete technology, concrete durability, structural performance and design, computational mechanics and finite element analysis. The programme is supported by excellent laboratory and computing facilities and draws a lot from cutting edge research outputs. 
 
All programmes can be completed in two years full-time or over a maximum period of five years on a part-time basis. 
 
A candidate for the ProfM in Structural Engineering is required to complete 135 credits coursework and a 45 credit minor dissertation. A candidate for the MSc(Eng) is required to complete prescribed courses of a minimum value of 60 credits and a 120 credit research dissertation [EM024].

Programme Convener: A/Prof S Skatulla, Dipl.-Ing. Karlsruhe, PhD Adelaide


Master of Structural Engineering and Materials [EM032CIV04] 

Core Courses

Number Course Credits
CIV5137Z MSEM Project 45
CIV5100Z  Plate and Shell Structures 16
CIV5113Z Structural Dynamics with Applications  16
CIV5006Z Advanced Structural Concrete Engineering 16
CIV5002Z Structural Concrete Properties and Practice 16
CIV5131Z Research Design and Methodology  16
CIV5112Z Stability and Design of Steel Structures 16
  Elective courses from the list below 39
  Total credits 180

All courses HEQSF Level 9

Elective Courses (minimum of 39 credits)

Number Course Credits
CIV5118Z Safety of Special Structures 10
CIV5025Z Contract Law for Engineers 12
CIV5041Z Bridge Analysis and Design 16
CIV5108Z Advanced Mechanics of Materials 16
CIV5115Z Bridge Management and Maintenance 10
CIV5119Z Structural Performance Assessment & Monitoring 20
CIV5138Z Deterioration and Condition Assessment of Concrete Structures 20
CIV5139Z Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures 20
CIV5142Z Introduction to Finite Element Modelling in Structural Analysis 16
MEC5064Z Introduction to Finite Elements 12
MEC5063Z Finite Element Analysis 12

All courses HEQSF Level 9

Master of Science in Engineering specialising in Structural Engineering [EM024CIV04] 

Core Courses 

Number Course Credits
CIV5000Z Dissertation 120
CIV5109Z Dissertation Preparation 0

Select at least two of the following courses:

Number Course Credits
CIV5108Z Advanced Mechanics of Materials 16
CIV5142Z  Introduction to Finite Element Modelling in Structural Analysis 16
CIV5113Z Structural Dynamics with Applications  16


Elective Courses

Number Course Credits
CIV5002Z Structural Concrete Properties and Practice 16
CIV5006Z Advanced Structural Concrete Engineering 16
CIV5112Z Stability and Design of Steel Structures 16
CIV5100Z Plate and Shell Structures  16
CIV5119Z Structural Performance Assessment and Monitoring 20
MEC5064Z Finite Element Analysis 12
CIV5139Z Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures 20
CIV5138Z Deterioration and Condition Assessment of Concrete Structures 20
CIV5041Z Bridge Analysis and Design 16
MEC5063Z An introduction to Finite Elements 12

All courses HEQSF Level 9

Enrichment Courses (compulsory for MSc)

Number Course Credits
CIV5131Z Research Design and Methodology 0

All courses HEQSF Level 9

Additional courses can be selected from the postgraduate programme of the University of Stellenbosch or from the Center for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics CERECAM at UCT, or from the postgraduate programme of Geotechnical Engineering for the MScEng degree. However, at least 40 credits of the course work done must comprise of courses listed above.

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