MSc Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure Resilience

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

Our aim is to produce the next generation of leaders in earthquake engineering risk assessment, and natural disaster risk management, who want to make an impact on the design of the built environment, the mitigation of seismic loss and the protection of human life.

This discipline demands world-class facilities and at Bristol you will benefit from studying in one of the UK’s leading centres for earthquake engineering. Here, you will have access to the state-of-the-art BLADE/EQUALS laboratory, including one of the most advanced earthquake shaking tables in Europe as well as the new £12 million UKCRIC National Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction Laboratory, which will be operative from 2021.

Throughout the programme you will work together with expert staff and international partners, exposing you to real-world challenges that engineers face. Industry links are integral to the programme and our graduates are highly sought after by major UK and international employers.

One of the many highlights of the year is a field trip to an earthquake affected area in south-east Europe. Provided that travel is permitted, you will have the opportunity to visit structures designed with innovative methods to resist earthquake forces or inspect the damage of a recent aftermath by using modern tools for non-destructive material testing and remote imaging. The costs of the trip – accommodation, travel, daily subsidence and insurance expenses – are included within the tuition fee for this programme.

Visit the Department of Civil Engineering website to learn more about the MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure Resilience.

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Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£13,300
Overseas: full-time
£26,900

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2022/23

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Programme structure

Subject areas are relevant to structural/geotechnical earthquake engineering and disaster risk reduction. A strong set of core units is followed by specialist units. The units are carefully designed and cross-referenced to make sure that all graduates obtain a uniform level of background knowledge and appropriate specialisation.

You are also required, as part of your course, to attend a field trip to an earthquake affected region, typically in a Mediterranean country. Provide that travel is feasible, you may visit recently damaged areas or major engineering projects designed to resist earthquake forces. A series of seminars will also give you the opportunity to learn, as part of a distinct unit, the most recent advances in earthquake engineering innovation from distinguished invited experts.

Having successfully completed these units, you will prepare a 60-credit MSc thesis during the summer term, to be submitted at the end of the academic year.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure Resilience.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an engineering discipline or closely related field. A lower second-class honours degree or above (or international equivalent) will also be considered from applicants who can demonstrate three years of work experience in a related field.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

You will be equipped in the core disciplines of seismic hazard, infrastructure vulnerability, system risk and resilience in major technical projects.

Bristol graduates are highly sought after by top employers. You could find yourself working for engineering design and construction firms, in the UK or worldwide, that operate in earthquake-prone regions such as south Europe, the US, Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand and Latin America. Alternatively, you could go on to work for a government body responsible for civil protection, finance and decision making. Graduates may also decide to pursue academia and further study in this exciting field.

Whatever you choose, you will develop a range of transferable skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork, as well as having a number of professional contacts to draw on.

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Expected application closure date

Overseas applicants: 29 July 2022.
Home applicants: 12 August 2022.
 
Places are limited and allocated on a continuous basis from October 2021 until all places are filled. Early applications are advised to avoid disappointment.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Department website: Department of Civil Engineering

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REF 2014 results

  • General Engineering:
  • 38% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 55% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 6% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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