The page you are visiting was formerly part of the Which? University website, but is now being provided by The Uni Guide — part of The Student Room. For more information please click here.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more

Structural Engineering with Architecture

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

Required subjects: A Levels: Mathematics and either Physics (preferred), Engineering, or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology) at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

34 points with 555 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) and Physics or Design & Technology at 5. SL: English at 5.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B-A,A,B,B

AABB by end of S5 or AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: Mathematics at A and Physics or Engineering Science at B. Applicants with Physics are preferred. National 5s: English at C.

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Structural engineering

Architecture

Structural engineering and architecture combine to shape the built environment that surrounds us. They determine everything from design and construction to material use and aesthetics.

This programme will equip you with highly valuable training in structural engineering and give you an appreciation of the architectural context.

You will build on fundamental concepts of structural engineering and learn how to apply scientific knowledge and modern engineering tools to all major forms of infrastructure, in relation to:

* analysis

* design

* construction

* maintenance

**Why Edinburgh?**

This programme draws on our areas of particular expertise, including:

* structural fire engineering

* advanced geotechnical engineering

* the use of modern construction materials

This interdisciplinary programme is taught jointly with the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), which is part of Edinburgh College of Art.

In Year 1, you will spend approximately half of your time taking Architecture classes. This architecture component continues in later years, but the time reduces as you shift your focus to core structural engineering courses.

We offer a close-knit, supportive community within which to develop your engineering skills.

**Ties to industry**

We have strong industrial engagement through our Industrial Advisory Board and industrial input to our teaching, including our design projects.

You will also have opportunities to interact with recent graduates who are now working in industry.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£28,950
per year
International
£28,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

School of Engineering

Read full university profile

What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
med
Structural engineering
73%
low
Architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Civil engineering

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
68%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

65%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

52%
UK students
48%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Architecture

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

50%
UK students
50%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Civil engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,500
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

91%
Engineering professionals
3%
Other elementary services occupations
3%
Transport associate professionals

Do you want to be in demand? This might be the degree for you! We are officially short of civil engineers, and so around two thirds of civil engineering graduates start jobs specifically as civil engineers, and starting salaries are well over £25k last year. Demand for civil engineers and related jobs - we're short of all of them - means that good graduates have plenty of options directly related to their degree when they graduate. This is a subject where work experience can be very helpful in getting a job and many students do work for engineering companies while they take their degrees.

Architecture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

51%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
9%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
9%
Design occupations

Architecture had a difficult time a few years back during the great recession, but those days are over and the degree is in demand as house building and infrastructure have increased in importance. Most working architects secure jobs in the architecture industry, more usually starting as assistants rather than full-blown architects or chartered technicians. Some, however, move into management, design or marketing roles, where they find their planning, design and project management skills are very welcome. Nearly half the architecture-related jobs last year were in London or the South-East, and this group are rather more likely than average to find their jobs through personal contacts, so polish your networking skills, or see if you can get work experience if you want to succeed as an architect.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£33k

£33k

£38k

£38k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Architecture, building and planning

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Explore these similar courses...

Same University
The University of Edinburgh
Structural and Fire Safety Engineering
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)
5.0 years | Full-time | 2021
Nearby University
University of Dundee
Structural Engineering with Architecture
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)
5.0 years | Full-time | 2021
Lower entry requirements
University of Nottingham
Architecture and Environmental Design
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)
4.0 years | Full-time | 2021
Higher entry requirements
University of Sheffield
Structural Engineering and Architecture
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)
4.0 years | Full-time | 2021

Share this page

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

This is the percentage of final-year students at this university who were "definitely" or "mostly" satisfied with their course. We've analysed this figure against other universities so you can see whether this is high, medium or low.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), for undergraduate students only.

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here