Earthquake Engineering and Civil Engineering Dynamics
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Institute of Highway Engineers approved MSc as satisfying part 2 academic base requirements for a Chartered Engineer under UK-SPEC*
ECED is the newest of the four postgraduate taught structures courses offered, with the first successful intake in 2004/05.
UK earthquake engineering and civil engineering consultants are heavily engaged in specialist national and overseas projects requiring understanding of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, and there is a constant demand for engineers with these skills, which are not covered in sufficient detail in undergraduate courses in the UK. This concern has been raised by the ICE and IStructE through the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS), and ECED is specifically aimed to address these concerns and equip engineers with skills in the broad are of civil engineering dynamics.
Course aims and features
ECED was launched in 2004 to provide students with mathematical and experimental tools to deal with structural dynamics problems in areas of earthquake engineering, civil vibration engineering and blast and impact.
The course shares the expertise of the Vibration Engineering Research Section, known internationally for a highly applied approach to research and consulting in civil engineering dynamics, dealing with high profile structures such as the London Millennium Bridge. These experiences are shared with Earthquake Engineering and Civil Engineering Dynamics course students.
Course structure and content
The Earthquake Engineering and Civil Engineering Dynamics course provides a flexible learning route through full-time or part-time study options using 2- or 3-week modules.
Information about scholarships available to students from specific EU and overseas countries is available at the University's International Office.
Minimum 2:1 UK Honours degree (BEng, MEng, BSc) or better with equivalent high grades in relevant subjects related to our courses or an equivalent international degree qualification in Civil/Structural Engineering or other appropriate engineering/science discipline. We will consider applicants offering appropriate professional qualifications and experience, in this case we require a strong background and recent employment experience in areas covered in the chosen course.
Our Departmental standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no marks less than 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit the University of Sheffield English Language Teaching Centre for further information regarding language support.
Lectures are delivered primarily by University of Sheffield academics at all levels. In addition specialist invited lectures are delivered by senior consulting engineers and researchers.
Earthquake Engineering and Civil Engineering Dynamics students are eligible for dynamics-related dissertations which aim to have practical applications and industrial links.
Assessment is by coursework, formal examination and dissertation with an oral examination.
Continuing professional development
ECED modules are also available as CPD courses with internationally recognised guest lecturers participating in modules on Blast and Impact Effects on Structures and Earthquake Engineering.
ECED provides an excellent front end to the four-year PhD with Integrated Studies programme, providing the essential grounding in structural dynamics for doctoral level research.