Master of Engineering, Structural Engineering
New Degree Programme 2022!
This programme in Structural Engineering equips you with insights and tools needed to take a central role in creating sustainable and climate-smart buildings. It is based on requirements for the scope of studies in building technology and structural design of wooden structures for exceptionally demanding structures, as well as study requirements in building mechanics and building physics, in order to have sufficient competence for exceptionally demanding wooden structures. The education meets the requirements of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment guidelines on the qualification of building designers YM2 / 601/2015 and FISE's requirements and criteria for wooden structures and load-bearing structures in wood as well as building physics.
This programme deals also with fire dimensioning, stiffening and sound technology in wooden structures as well as the climate footprint and life cycle calculations of wooden buildings. An important goal in this education is that it prepares you to take a central role in creating sustainable and climate-smart buildings.
These studies are optimized for flexible learning and studying, parallel with fulltime employment preferably at an Engineering Company. A major part of the studies is conducted online, in combination with self-studies and teamwork.
This master's degree programme in Structural Engineering comprises 60 ECTS and the degree title is Master of Engineering. The programme has a special focus in building technology and structural design of wooden structures. The studies include a total of 9 courses of 3 ECTS each within building physics, structural mechanics and demanding constructions. Furthermore, there is a course in research methodology to prepare you for the Thesis (30 ECTS).
- Building Physics, Advanced Course, 3 ECTS
- Applied Building Physics and Climate Performance, 3 ECTS
- Structural Mechanics, Advanced Course, 3 ECTS
- Structural Mechanics, Applied Course 1, 3 ECTS
- Structural Mechanics, Applied Course 2, 3 ECTS
- Fundamentals of Wooden Structures and Wooden Frame Systems, 3 ECTS
- Design and Dimensioning of Load-bearing Wooden Structures, 3 ECTS
- Design and Dimensioning of Joints in Wooden Structures, 3 ECTS
- Design and Dimensioning of Wooden Structure and Wooden Building Stiffening , 3 ECTS
- Research Methodology, 3 ECTS
Thesis, 30 ECTS
The thesis work is realized as a research and development project related to working life.
Structure of Studies
The studies are part-time and designed to be combined with work in the engineering field. The courses are carried out primarily as online studies i.e., lectures tied to time but not to place. Students are expected to participate in all the online lectures to be able to pass the courses. Students need a computer with dual screens, good internet connection, web cam and headset, to be able to study in this degree programme. Lessons are primarily one weekday afternoon a week (usually at 15:00-18:00). During each semester possibly 1-2 days will be arranged as lectures at Campus or site visits, with students participating on site.
Moving to Finland for the studies is though not necessary. It is recommended but not mandatory to attend some sessions in person at campus. The few lectures at Campus or site visits are a good opportunity to meet and network with your peers. Independently of this, it is mandatory to visit Finland to get the original version(s) of previous degree certificate(s) checked and to strengthen one’s personal identity when initiating the studies.
Language of Instruction
The studies are conducted in English.
The master's thesis is a demanding development project or research work combining theory, praxis and creation of new knowledge. The thesis subject and aim are based on requirements and needs of the field of structural engineering for sustainable buildings. The theme of the thesis (30 ECTS) must be related to the fields studied, preferably agreed upon with an industry representative. The thesis thus works as a bridge between study and work and gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical thinking to practical problems. Constructing a thesis subject and the potential collaboration with an organization is at the responsibility of the student.
After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities, especially in structural engineering in the Nordic countries, but also in general in tasks that require a master’s degree. Graduates will be better suited for work within engineering companies, construction and land use authorities and governmental task as well as a wide range of related organizations, education and research. These fields have a constant need for employees, and the fast development of the construction industry brings more opportunities.
This Master of Engineering degree (MEng), combined with prior degree at bachelor level in structural engineering of load-bearing structures for buildings, meets international criteria of master’s degrees and the requirements of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment guidelines on the qualification of building designers YM2 / 601/2015 and FISE's requirements and criteria for wooden structures and load-bearing structures in wood as well as building physics.
The Degree Programme is free of charge for EU/EES students, information about tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students at Novia UAS is found here.
Given that the language of tuition is English, the possibilities for working on an international scale, both during and after the studies, are good. For example, the master thesis is suitable to conduct abroad or in an international business.
Co-operation with Other Parties
The focus, study contents and ways of implementation of the programme are planned together with the major engineering companies in the Nordic countries. The initiative to this degree programme in structural engineering originally comes from the strategic partnership Novia UAS has had since the year 2007 with the largest engineering company in Finland. Close contacts and co-operation with major companies and organisations in the field continues in the courses and development of the programme.
Postgraduate Study Opportunities
With a master’s degree, students can continue to university post-graduate (doctoral) studies, however universities may at their own discretion have specific admission requirements for post-graduate studies that must be met in addition to a completed master’s degree.
Eligibility to Apply
Eligibility to apply to a UAS master’s degree programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree, and at least two years (24 months) of subsequent work experience in a relevant field. Appropriate degrees for this programme can be a Bachelor of Engineering in construction and civil engineering or in structural engineering in mechanical engineering.