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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
The University of Sheffield

Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (ECED)

ECED is the newest of the four postgraduate taught structures courses offered, with the first successful intake in 2004/05.

UK consultants are heavily engaged in specialist national and overseas projects requiring understanding of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, and there is a constant demand for engineers with these skills, which are not covered in sufficient detail in undergraduate courses in the UK. This concern has been raised by the ICE and IStructE through the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) and ECED is specifically aimed to address these concerns and equip engineers with skills in the broad are of civil engineering dynamics.

Other courses available include:
Structural Engineering
Steel Construction
Concrete Engineering
Contaminant Hydrogeology
Environmental Management of Urban Land and Water
Urban Water Engineering and Management

Course aims and features
ECED was launched in 2004 to provide students with mathematical and experimental tools to deal with structural dynamics problems in areas of earthquake engineering, civil vibration engineering and blast and impact.

The course shares the expertise of the Vibration Engineering Research Section, known internationally for a highly applied approach to research and consulting in civil engineering dynamics, dealing with high profile structures such as the London Millennium Bridge. These experiences are shared with course students.

Course structure and content
ECED provides a flexible learning route through full-time or part-time study options using 2- or 3-week modules.

Lectures are delivered primarily by University of Sheffield academics at all levels. In addition specialist invited lectures are delivered by senior consulting engineers and researchers. Project work

ECED students are eligible for dynamics-related dissertations which aim to have practical applications and industrial links.

Assessment is by coursework, formal examination and dissertation with an oral examination.

The Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
at the University of Sheffield

The Department
The Department was founded in 1917 and is currently based in the Sir Frederick Mappin Building. We provide a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the main branches of civil engineering. With over 30 academic staff, including 10 professors, around 250 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate students, the Department is one of the largest and most active civil engineering departments in the UK.

All our undergraduate courses are accredited with the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers. Because of its unique course structure the MEng in Structural Engineering and Architecture is also accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Over the last five years research activity in the Department has continued to expand, and we now have over 70 researchers. Research work is based in three large groups; Structural Engineering, Groundwater Engineering and Geoscience, and Water and Environmental Management. Within each of the groups work of an internationally competitive standard is being carried out, in one of the most active research communities within civil engineering in the UK.

The University
University guides confirm our position as one of the UK's leading universities. The Virgin 2007 Alternative Guide to British Universities, for instance, says that “Sheffield is a top university across the board”.

Teaching quality assessments rate our teaching very highly across a wide range of subjects, and official research assessments confirm our reputation as a centre for world-class research in many disciplines.
We have more than 24,000 students from 118 countries, and almost 6000 staff. The University of Sheffield is a popular choice with applicants for university places, and once they arrive our students enjoy the experience so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate.

Our research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

Our academic partners include leading universities around the world. International partnerships include Worldwide Universities Network (USA, Europe and China) and our partnership with Leeds and York Universities (the White Rose Consortium) has combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.


Address Information

Address Sir Frederick Mappin Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Tel. No. +44 (0) 114 22 25711
Fax No. +44 (0) 114 22 25700
E-mail address
Course Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (ECED)
Type of courses The course can be completed on a full time or a part time basis
Length of course A full time MSc is a 12 month intensive full-time course consisting of 120 credits of taught modules, split equally over two semesters, followed by a 60 credit project dissertation during the summer. MSc courses can also be completed on a part-time basis, typically over a two year period
Date of commencement There is no definite deadline for applications but it is suggested that applications are received no later than 2nd week in September since the course commences in October.
Class size Range from 20 to 100 +
Accommodation There is accommodation available and we appreciate the special difficulties faced by students who are living outside the United Kingdom, and have a 'Guarantee Scheme' to ensure that candidates who fall into this category can pre-book University accommodation before arriving in Sheffield.
If you still have any queries about accommodation please contact our Accommodation and Campus Services department, phone 00 44 (0)114 222 6041
Student grants/
Financial Assistance
A limited number of study bursaries for the MSc course in Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics in 2007/08 are available to Home and EU students on a competitive basis to cover Home/EU tuition fees.
Admission requirements UK second class Honours degree (BEng, MEng, BSc - equivalent GPA 2.1- 3.0) or MSc in Civil Engineering or other appropriate engineering, mathematics or science discipline.

The current English Language requirements are:-

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) TOEFL 575 (Paper based) or 232 in CBT (Computer Test)or 90-91 in iBT (internet based test)
Top recruiters of our graduates We pride ourselves on our links with industry. For many years the Department has had thriving links with leading regional and national businesses.
We strengthened these links further through the launch of our new Industrial Partnership Scheme involving a number of employers of our graduates and other firms with whom we work closely.
Partners are involved in teaching activities through lectures, workshops, site visits and proposing undergraduate and postgraduate course dissertation topics. They also contribute to curriculum planning and syllabus content through membership of the Department’s Industrial Liaison Committee, thus ensuring that students graduate with the knowledge and skills that industry requires.
A key feature of the Scheme is that the Industrial Partners reserve a number of vacation employment places specifically for the Department’s students and, on the basis of this, will consider sponsoring potential graduate employees for the remainder of their courses.
Student Profile Our current students for all postgraduate courses are from the following countries - India 8, Greece 6, China 6, Pakistan 3, Syria 3, Libya 2, Cyprus 2, Oman 2, Malaysia 2, Lebanon 1, Sri Lanka 1, Uganda 1, Iran 1, Colombia 1, Sudan 1, Tanzania 1, Mexico 1, Jamaica 1
Since the ECED is a new course and numbers are still growing, we do not have statistics that would meaningfully reflect the course size, average student age etc.
Contact person Nicky Nash
Postgraduate Admissions Co-ordinator
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Tel: + 44 (0) 114 22 25711
Fax: + 44 (0) 114 22 25700

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