MSc Earthquake Engineering
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 or 3 years part time
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This comprehensive course provides training in the analysis, design and assessment of structures under seismic actions and other extreme loading conditions.
About the course
The syllabus covers a comprehensive set of topics related to structural engineering, earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, soil dynamics and advanced numerical techniques.
All of our MSc courses are career-orientated and cover both theoretical background and practical design considerations. Lectures are given mainly by full-time staff but important contributions are made by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are eminent industrialists.
Many of our students continue their studies to undertake research towards a PhD.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
All of our MSc courses last one calendar year, comprising two terms of taught material, assessed by examination and coursework, followed by a five-month period involving one or more design projects and/or a research dissertation.
All students undertake 12 modules: six in the autumn term, examined in January, and six in the spring term, examined after Easter. These modules include both core and elective material, enabling students to develop primary study themes.
- Design of bridges
- Finite element analysis
- Geotechnical earthquake engineering
- Geotechnical hazards
- Non-linear structural analysis
- Reinforced concrete I
- Reinforced concrete II
- Seismic design of concrete structures
- Seismic design of steel structures
- Steel components
- Structural analysis
- Structural dynamics
- Structural fire engineering
- Structural reliability
- Design project: dissertation
All of our MSc courses are also offered on a part-time basis. Methods of study may include:
- One day per week over three years
- One and a half days per week over two years
- Term release
The term release option normally involves attendance in the autumn term of one year and the spring term of a second year, but this may vary from one course to another, depending on your personal circumstances.
The dissertation is undertaken with regular guidance from a College supervisor, by private study or by arrangement at your place of employment. Please contact the relevant course director for details of the part-time arrangements for each course.
Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (particularly in subjects such as civil engineering, as well as other branches of engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences and other numerate disciplines).
Applicants with relevant industrial and professional experience may also be considered.
A-level Mathematics at minimum grade B or equivalent also required.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
Fees and funding
Home and EU students
- £12,000 full-time
- £6,000 per year two years part-time*
- £4,000 per year three years part-time*
Islands and overseas students
- £29,000 full-time
- £14,500 per year two years part-time*
- £9,667 per year three years part-time*
* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Please note that students studying the course part-time over three years will not be eligible for the Postgraduate Master's Loan.
Funding from Imperial
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.