Postgraduate taught 

Structural Engineering MSc

Conceptual Design Project M ENG5273

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is a structural engineering group-based project that brings together most aspects of undergraduate structural engineering to the design of a major building/structure, including conceptual design, detailed design, analysis, safety, functionality and sustainability.


2 hours per week

Excluded Courses





50% Portfolio

25% Project Output (Other than dissertation) - Weekly progress meetings (20%) and peer assessment (5%)

25% Oral Assessment & Presentation

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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.


Reassessment is not possible on this team-based design project course.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to develop high level structural engineering design, analysis, problem solving and communication skills, in a simulated office-based environment, in the design of a major building/structure.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ conceptually design a challenging engineering structure and its major components;

■ apply detailed design principles and analysis techniques to major structural components;

■ apply principles of sustainability to an engineering design;

■ evaluate the relative merits (aesthetics, cost, functionality, safety, buildability, sustainability) of various designs in a group-based design project;

■ explain design concepts and summarize design solutions to peers, tutors and external assessors.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.