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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Concrete Structures

Learn to design, analyse and assess concrete structures such as bridges and buildings.

Train in the design, analysis and assessment of concrete structures such as bridges and buildings

Enhance your career prospects with an accredited degree

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Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in civil engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences or other numerate disciplines

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Course overview

Train in the design, analysis and assessment of concrete structures including bridges and buildings on this one-year Master's course.

This accredited degree covers a broad spectrum of structural engineering issues and their impact on reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, equipping you with the skills you need to pursue a career in concrete design.

You'll learn in a first-class Civil and Environmental Engineering department - Imperial is rated 1st in the UK for Engineering based on the proportion of world-leading research (REF 2021) - and get the opportunity to hear from visiting professors and guest lecturers who are eminent industrialists.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose seven optional modules.

Optional modules

In the summer term, you’ll undertake a design project dissertation with regular guidance from a College supervisor, by private study or by arrangement at your place of employment.

This work will also incorporate a conceptual group project.

Professional accreditation

This MSc degree is accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), comprising:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Institute of Highway Engineers
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Permanent Way Institution

This degree is recognised as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree**. 

Registering as a Chartered Engineer will improve your career prospects and provide higher earning potential. It will also help to demonstrate your commitment to professional standards, the engineering profession and sustainable development.

Our accreditation agreement with members of the Joint Board of Moderators is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed in 2026.

**Candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited Bachelor's degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and seminars
  • Independent study

  • 25% Lectures and seminars
  • 75% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • In-class quiz
    Online quizzes
  • Computer sessions
  • A group of people interacting
    Group exercises
  • Design project blueprints
    Design projects
  • Books for research studies
    Research project
  • Slide-based presentations
  • Code on a computer screen
    Programming code
  • Summary reports
  • Individual research project
    Individual research dissertation

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework and examinations
  • Project

  • 20% Coursework
  • 80% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • Individual and group coursework assignments
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Research dissertation or detailed design project
  • A group of people interacting
    Group conceptual design project
  • Group projects and presentations

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 4 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee



2 years, part-time

£8,800per year

3 years, part-time

£5,867per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the university and not year of study.

Overseas fee



2 years, part-time

£20,450per year

3 years, part-time

£13,634per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the university and not year of study.

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

Concrete barrel

Prepare to establish or consolidate your career as a design engineer specialising in concrete structures.

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Both practising engineers and recent graduates will benefit from this course.

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Gain advanced training in the design, analysis, and assessment of concrete structures.

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Career paths in concrete design and analysis are available in industry, government, and non-governmental organisations.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications