Master of Engineering (Structural Engineering)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.


This program is for qualified engineers seeking to move into a management role or those wanting to specialise or update their skills. Building on your existing engineering undergraduate degree you’ll develop specialised technical knowledge in structural engineering. You’ll gain an understanding of how forces are resisted by and transferred through structures and buildings to the ground.

The program is designed to help qualified engineers strengthen their management capability and technical expertise. Qualified engineers looking to specialise or update their skills could also consider this program.

The Master of Engineering will allow you to build on your existing engineering undergraduate degree by developing specialised technical knowledge in your chosen major.

Course structure

This program comprises core units of study along with electives to broaden your knowledge. You will complete a sequence of specialist units that comprises a major in your chosen field. It has a strong focus on project work to enhance self-directed learning.

Professional engineering management subjects will enhance your leadership and commercial capabilities, providing you with greater opportunities to advance your career. They include:

  • sustainable design, engineering and management
  • entrepreneurship for engineers
  • project process planning and control
  • safety systems and risk management.

Research pathways are available within all majors, allowing you to complete a research project as preparation for a research degree.

Course duration

1.5 years full time
Depending on the level and type of your prior studies, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. This will reduce the length of your degree.

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree

Study plan

To meet requirements for the Master of Engineering (Structural Engineering) a candidate will complete 72 credit points (cp) including 24cp of specialist units, 24cp of engineering management, a minimum 12cp project and up to 12cp of elective units. Candidates who have received a 24cp reduction in volume of learning, must complete 48 credit points (cp) including 24cp of specialist units, 12cp of engineering management and a minimum 12cp project.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

A candidate for the degree of Master of Engineering (Structural Engineering) who wishes to undertake the research pathway must complete 24 credit points with an average mark of at least 75.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Engineering (Structural Engineering) will have achieved the higher levels of specialisation necessary to excel in their chosen field. Professional engineering skills developed throughout the course will reflect current industry standards in order to provide graduates with enhanced opportunities for advancement in their careers. New opportunities to progress into areas such as research and innovation in their field will also be possible following the completion of this course.

Further study

The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer, industry leadership and commercialisation. Research activities in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies focus on a wide range of areas from aerospace, biomedical, combustion, processing and manufacture, design, robotics, electronics, networks, wireless and satellite systems. If you would like to be part of Sydney's engineering research community, you may consider applying for admission to a research degree. Students completing a Master of Engineering program with outstanding results are eligible to undertake supervised research in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Other study options

Individual units of study within the course may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to complete an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University, consequently on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to the approval of the dean and individual course resolutions, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course.

Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in a postgraduate award course at another university and have approval from their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree. Please contact the faculty about non-award and cross-institutional study.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Engineering (Structural Engineering) will hold a recognised Bachelor of Engineering degree in the same or similar field of study to the specialisation they are applying for, and have a credit average (or equivalent).

If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Engineering you may be eligible for reduced volume of learning (RVL). In order to be assessed for RVL you must indicate in your application that you would like to apply for credit. You will then receive an email including instructions about how to submit your application for credit. Your application for credit must include the name of your Bachelor’s degree and the awarding institution. You must also upload a copy of your transcript. The outcome of your credit application will be included in your letter of offer. Reduced volume learning will shorten the duration of your course.

Refer to CUSP for information on reduced volume learning and degree requirements.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.