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Structural Engineering and Materials

Associate Professor and Convenor: Sebastian Skatulla, Dipl-Ing Karlsruhe PhD Adelaide

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 Postgraduate Diploma is required to complete a minimum of 120 credits. A candidate for the MEng in Structural Engineering is required to complete 120 credits coursework and a 60 credit minor dissertation. A candidate for the MSc is required to complete prescribed courses of a minimum value of 60 credits and a 120 credit research dissertation [EM024].

Master of Engineering specialising in Structural Engineering [EM017CIV04] 

Core Courses (compulsory for EM024) 
Select at least two of the following courses:

Number Course Credits
CIV5108Z Advanced Mechanics of Materials 16
MEC5063Z  An introduction to Finite Elements 12
CIV5113S Structural Dynamics with Applications  16

Elective Core Courses (biannually)​

Number Course Credits
CIV5006Z Advanced Structural Concrete Engineering 16
CIV1085S Advanced Structural Steel Engineering 16

Elective Courses

Number Course Credits
CIV5002Z Structural Concrete Properties and Practice 16
CIV5100F Plate and Shell Structures Part A 16
CIV5119Z Structural Performance Assessment & Monitoring 16
MEC5064Z Finite Element Analysis 12
CIV5120Z Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures 20
CIV5106Z Durability & Condition Assessment of Concrete Structures 20
CIV5041Z Bridge Analysis and Design . 16

Enrichment Courses

Compulsory for MSc Eng:​

Number Course Credits
CHE5055Z Research Communication and methodology 20

Additional courses can be selected from the postgraduate programme of the University of Stellenbosch or from CERECAM at UCT.