Postgraduate taught 

Civil Engineering MSc

Structural Analysis 4 ENG4122

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers both the theory and application for two areas of structural engineering: free and forced vibrations of simple framed structures, and stability and buckling of beams and framed structures.  Theory lectures are supported by tutorials and course work.


2 lectures per week

Excluded Courses





Examination (80%), Coursework (20%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

1) develop an understanding of vibration problems in structural engineering;

2) develop a basic understanding of stability and buckling problems in simple structures;

3) develop an understanding of Eigenvalue problems in structural mechanics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1) derive critical frequencies and mode shapes for simple vibrating structural systems;

2) compute buckling loads and shapes for beams and framed structures;

3) solve Eigenvalue problems in structural mechanics.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Timely submission of all assignments

Attendance at all tests and examinations, gaining a nonzero mark