Cookie policy

By clicking on or navigating the site, you agree to allow us to collect information on and off Studee as outlined in our cookie policy.

Study structural engineering abroad

An in-depth guide to studying structural engineering as an international student.

Explore structural engineering programs abroad

See other programs in structural engineering

Structural engineering degrees abroad

Structural engineering focuses on the design, maintenance, repair, and improvement of buildings and other infrastructure. From houses and hospitals to oil rigs and aircrafts, you’ll learn how to construct safe structures that can withstand human and environmental pressures.

As well as testing the structural integrity of existing infrastructure, you’ll become familiar with the properties of different building materials, including steel, timber, and concrete. You’ll also develop the professional skills you’ll need to work with clients, contractors, architects, surveyors, and other industry experts.

Societies around the world depend on the work of structural engineers for their essential infrastructure. By studying abroad, you’ll see how global infrastructure is influenced by local cultures and geography. You’ll encounter different engineering approaches, projects, and laws, transforming you into a more experienced and versatile engineer.

Structural engineering program structure

There are several different options to choose from when it comes to studying structural engineering.

Although a bachelor of engineering (BEng) is studied over a minimum of three years, most courses will include an industry sandwich year, adding an extra 12 months onto your program.

Four-year master’s of engineering (MEng) programs are also available. You’ll take the same classes as BEng students for your first two years of study, before diving into more specialized and advanced topics for the remainder of your program. Completing an industry placement means your course will take five years to finish.

If you studied a different branch of engineering at the undergraduate level, you can still enroll in a one or two-year structural engineering master’s. From here, you might decide to pursue a research-based PhD which can take anywhere between four and seven years.

The licensure required to become a chartered engineer varies within and between countries. Therefore, it’s important to check what kind of accreditation you’ll need if you want to work in a specific part of the world.

Teaching methods normally blend theory and practice to give students a well-rounded understanding of the field. Your timetable will be made up of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, site visits, and fieldwork.

The precise content of your program will depend on your university and country of study. That said most degrees address these core topics:

  • Engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Electronics and mechanics
  • Properties of materials
  • Structural analysis
  • Concrete and steel structures
  • Engineering design and drawing
  • Computer-aided design
  • Engineering surveying and construction technology
Structural engineering program structure

There are several different options to choose from when it comes to studying structural engineering.

Although a bachelor of engineering (BEng) is studied over a minimum of three years, most courses will include an industry sandwich year, adding an extra 12 months onto your program.

Four-year master’s of engineering (MEng) programs are also available. You’ll take the same classes as BEng students for your first two years of study, before diving into more specialized and advanced topics for the remainder of your program. Completing an industry placement means your course will take five years to finish.

If you studied a different branch of engineering at the undergraduate level, you can still enroll in a one or two-year structural engineering master’s. From here, you might decide to pursue a research-based PhD which can take anywhere between four and seven years.

The licensure required to become a chartered engineer varies within and between countries. Therefore, it’s important to check what kind of accreditation you’ll need if you want to work in a specific part of the world.

Teaching methods normally blend theory and practice to give students a well-rounded understanding of the field. Your timetable will be made up of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, site visits, and fieldwork.

The precise content of your program will depend on your university and country of study. That said most degrees address these core topics:

  • Engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Electronics and mechanics
  • Properties of materials
  • Structural analysis
  • Concrete and steel structures
  • Engineering design and drawing
  • Computer-aided design
  • Engineering surveying and construction technology

Alternative civil engineering degrees

How to study structural engineering abroad

  1. University & program search

    Find the right program for you and your career aspirations
  2. Application guidance

    We'll get you to the right place to start your application
  3. Visa & travel advice

    Get help after application, all the way to your first day at university

Our team of advisors is ready to support you at every step of your study abroad journey.
Our services are 100% free for students like you because we're funded by universities.

Structural engineering study abroad programs

Structural engineering undergraduate programs

Structural engineering graduate programs

Master's in structural engineering

  • false

    Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    October
    Show program overview about Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures
  • false

    Civil Engineering: Structural Engineering - MSc California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Civil Engineering: Structural Engineering
  • false

    ITAM: Structures of Data Analytics for IT Managers Specialization - MSc Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January
    Show program overview about ITAM: Structures of Data Analytics for IT Managers Specialization
  • false

    Professional Engineering: Civil and Structural Engineering (Specialisation) - MEng University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    36,950 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February
    Show program overview about Professional Engineering: Civil and Structural Engineering (Specialisation)
  • false

    Structural Engineering - MSc Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,000 EUR

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, February
    Show program overview about Structural Engineering
See all master's degrees in structural engineering

Pathway in structural engineering

  • false

    Structural Engineering, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, February
    Show program overview about Structural Engineering, Pre-Masters
See all postgraduate pathways in structural engineering

Future structural engineering careers

Structural engineers are amongst the most in-demand and well-paid graduates. Your knowledge of essential structures like transport, buildings, energy supplies, and water distribution will make you an invaluable asset to societies around the world.

Due to the global shortage of qualified structural engineers, engineering firms, manufacturers, energy companies, and governments are always on the lookout for passionate and hardworking graduates. Here are some of the careers paths open to you:

  • Structural engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Site engineer
  • Water engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Estimator
  • Design engineer
  • Nuclear engineer

Participating in relevant work experience will help lay the foundations of a successful career. Not only will it demonstrate your commitment and talent to potential employers, but it’ll also help you to figure out your career aspirations and build a professional network.