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‌Earthquake Engineering (H2A3)

Established in 2003 with the aim of providing training in the analysis, design and assessment of structures under general conditions. The course is designed to cover a broad and comprehensive set of topics related to steel and concrete structural engineering, using advanced analytical and numerical techniques. Ideally suited to practising engineers with relevant experience, recent graduates with an appropriate first degree will also greatly benefit from attending.

The course requires good prior knowledge of Structural Mechanics, Analysis and Mathematics. The basic material required as a prerequisite for this course is covered in the document Standardising the Technical Background of Entrants - Structures Cluster [pdf]. 

Accordion - MSc Earthquake Engineering

Aims and objectives

  • Produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in structural design and analysis in industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations;
  • Provide the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of structural engineering;
  • Develop an understanding of how this knowledge may be applied in practice in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner;
  • Foster the acquisition and implementation of broad research and analytical skills related to structural engineering;
  • Attract highly motivated students irrespective of race, gender, background and physical disability, from the UK and overseas;
  • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the community including vocational training;
  • Provide an introduction to the subject for students from other relevant disciplines

Full or part time study options

The full-time programme is taken over 12 months, with a single entry point per year at the beginning of October, part-time options are the equivalent of:

  • One day per week over three years
  • One and a half days per week over two years
  • Term release. During the project/dissertation period, there is a typical attendance requirement of 1/1.5 days per week, in addition to a significant amount of personal study time. 

Please note that part-time study is not available to applicants requiring Tier 4 student Visas.

Course structure

Students will undertake 6 modules in the autumn term (October to December), examined in January, and a further 6 modules in the spring term (January-March), examined after the Easter break.  This second examination period is followed by a 2-week conceptual group design exercise and a major individual piece of work, either research or design based. The course culminates in a final project which can be design or research orientated.

Assessment

Assessments include individual and group courseworks; projects and presentations; written and oral examinations and a research dissertation or detailed design project. To complete the requirements of the degree, all assessments must be undertaken to the appropriate level. Written examinations are held at the beginning of the spring term (January) and the summer term (April-May). Successful candidates will be awarded the MSc degree of Imperial College London and the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC).

MSc Application Information

Funding opportunities

Departmental MSc Scholarships
AwardSponsorEligibility and number of awardsValue
Departmental MSc Scholarships The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering All candidates who have indicated their wish to be considered for available funding at the application stage.
 
Awards will be based on academic excellence and relevant experience. 
 
Number of awards: tbc

Application Deadline: 31 March 2018
Full or partial tuition fee waiver
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries  A consortium of  Geotechnical  employers Bursaries are awarded to successful applicants to the Geotechnics Cluster MSc courses on excellent academic and professional records, supported   by relevant references and a strong personal statement.  Priority is given to UK-Based applicants.

Number of awards: 5-10

Deadline to apply: 31 May 2018
Typical contributions of £5,000 to £10,000 towards the course tuition fees and in some cases, subsistence
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries

Transport cluster
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries are awarded to students who obtained a first degree of at least 2.1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters course in a subject directly related to highways and transportation Apply through the Department.

Number of awards: Up to 2

Deadline to apply: 30 June 2018
£10,000 each
Brian Large Bursary  Brian Large Bursary Fund Bursaries are awarded to full-time, UK resident, applicants, who have obtained a first degree of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters course in a subject directly related to transport.  

Number of awards: Up to 3

Deadline to apply: 30 June 2018
 £6,500 each
These are the only sources of funding available within the Department. For European and Overseas applicants there are many foundations and organisations who can help with and advise on funding, including the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Society for Underwater Technology (Geotechnics). Enquiries should be directed to the relevant organisation. 
Departmental MSc Scholarships
Contacts
Departmental contact forName, email and phone number
MSc and Scholarships Fionnuala Donovan, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5929
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries Sue Feller, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6077
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries
Brian Large Bursary 
cts.admin@imperial.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6100
Contacts
Contacts

 

Minimum academic entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline, or Masters level degree qualification
  • Good mathematical skills (B or above at A-level or equivalent qualification)
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured
  • English Language qualification (where relevant)

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to present an English language qualification, passed at the appropriate level. This may follow the application if not available at the time of submission. Please see the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants for information. Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index

Note: The Department may set higher requirements than those specified by the College as minimum entry requirements and that places are not guaranteed for any applicant.  Relevance of degrees and eligibility can be checked with the Department.  

 

 

The application process and essential information

When to apply

The application cycle opens late October / early November for entry in the following October.  Early application is recommended, in order to ensure that any scholarship application deadlines are met.  We receive the bulk of applications in December/January, and offers for places are normally issued after that time.

We do not have an official deadline for application, we close to applicants when we have made sufficient offers to fill the available places.  Application before the end of March of the year of entry is advised.

Before you apply:

  1. Prepare transcripts of study, which you normally request from your University.  These should include all modules you have undertaken and the marks you have been awarded in each. If you are still undertaking your degree studies, please provide a list of the modules you are undertaking in your final year.  If they are not in English, please include a translated copy. Always ensure that you include a copy of the University Marking Scheme.
  2. If English Language is a requirement, please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the English Language qualifications accepted by the College and the expected level of achievement in each. If not available at the time of application, the English Language qualification information can follow.
  3. Identify two individuals to act as referees on your behalf. Ensure that they are in a position to write a letter of support appropriate to the application which you are submitting, and that they are familiar with you, your abilities, your achievements and your potential for postgraduate study. Reference letters are confidential and must come direct from the referee to the College, not via the applicant. The letters must be recent, relevant and dated.
  4. Prepare an up-to-date CV-Resume and a Personal Statement (or letter of motivation).

Notes:

When completing the online form please ensure that you include:

  • Brief details on Secondary Level education; how you propose to fund your studies (if via scholarship, please ensure that you provide details of those you have applied to and the date you will expect a response); as well as the expected or final outcome of your degree(s) of study.
  • Highlight your mathematical qualifications and capabilities.
  • Include in your application the email contact details of your referees. These must be professional email accounts, we do not accept reference letters submitted from private accounts (gmail, yahoo, etc...). Please ensure your referees are aware of this requirement. Where the referee does not have a professional email account, then a standard reference letter on original official letter-headed notepaper will be an acceptable alternative. These should be sent direct to the College.
  • As a rough guide - if you are yet to graduate, two academic references are appropriate. If you have been out of education for more than two years, and in full-time relevant employment, then two professional references would likely be more appropriate. Other applicants should consider nominating one professional and one academic referee.  If we require further references we will advise you following receipt of the references from your nominated referees.
  • Following submission of the online application:
  1. You will receive an email acknowledgement that your application has successfully submitted.
  2. Within a few days you will receive a reference number, this is an 8-digit number starting with 0, is called your College Identifier Number (CID), and must be quoted in all correspondence.
  3. You will be able to track your online application until it is forwarded to the Department. Your online e-service account from then on will read "with Department" until a decision on your application is returned. You will, however, receive notifications by email when your referees submit their letters of support online.

Application documentation [guidance]:

Admission is very competitive and the admissions panels will pay close attention to all aspects of your application, the following is provided for guidance:

  • Academic reference letter: will outline your academic strengths, achievements and suitability for the programme to which you have applied. This includes any information on your relative performance within your cohort, any other pertinent information, including personal knowledge of you, the applicant, and any activities in which you have engaged that might highlight your non-academic activities or personal qualities.
  • Work reference letter: [for those currently or previously in employment] will outline the nature and duration of your relationship with the referee.  It will inform your industrial/professional experience and abilities, and explain how further training [MSc specific] would enhance your personal development, skills and contribution to the industry or company. 
  • Personal Statement:  will show clearly defined career path including short and medium-term goals, outline personal achievements and motivations, and highlights from your CV-Resume.   This is your opportunity to personalise your application, to show you as an individual, setting yourself apart from other applicants.   Ensure that it is interesting, relevant and concise.
  • CV-Resume – should be clear, concise and easily legible.
  • Transcripts – where available, include complete transcripts containing final degree outcomes and marking schemes. For applicants in the final year of study, partial transcripts are fine but should be accompanied by a list of final year modules and project/dissertation title.   These should be provided in English.
  • Outcome of Degree – this should be included in all cases, whether actual or predicted.  Please include the marking scheme.
  • Additional documentation – please include if relevant, but do not clutter the application.  We will come back to you to request items if we feel that they are relevant or necessary.

Notes:

Your application should be complete, clean, include all relevant information and be interesting to the reader – approach it as you would a professional job application.  Choose your referees carefully and ensure that they are aware of what information should be included in support of your application.

The following additional tools may be used as part of the decision-making process:

  • Interview [in-person or Skype] and/or
  • Video submission responses to questions and/or
  • Additional mathematical, language or other tests as appropriate.

 

Application Essentials
CodeTitle
H2A2
MSc Concrete Structures
H2A3 MSc Earthquake Engineering 
H2A1 MSc General Structural Engineering
H2U5 MSc Structural Steel Design
H141 MSc Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments
H2UM MSc Environmental Engineering
H2A8 MSc Environmental Engineering with Business Management
H2UP MSc Hydrology and Water Resources Management
H2B1 MSc Hydrology with Business Management
H2U3 MSc Soil Mechanics
H2A4 MSc Soil Mechanics with Business Management
H2U4 MSc Soil Mechanics with Engineering Seismology
H2UN MSc Soil Mechanics with Environmental Geotechnics
H2UR Intercollegiate MSc Course in Transport
H2B3 Intercollegiate MSc Course in Transport with Business Management
Programme Codes
Programme Codes

The Departmental Process:

Your online application is received in the Postgraduate Office of the Department, where it is held until it is considered complete. It is then subject to preliminary screening before forwarding to individual clusters for consideration.  Please note that some applications do not pass preliminary screening, and it is possible for a decision to be returned to the College at this stage.

For candidates who have cleared preliminary screening, a completed application ready for forwarding to the MSc clusters will include:

  1. Both of your reference letters, it is your responsibility to ensure that these are received - you can check this via your e-service account.
  2. Transcripts, partial or complete, of all degrees you have undertaken, or are currently undertaking.
  3. Personal Statement.
  4. CV-Resume.

The MSc Cluster Admissions Panels consider applications, and in some cases interview applicants or request further information, before decisions are made. We aim to process completed applications within 2-6 weeks of receipt by the relevant Admissions Panel. 

Decisions are informed to, and processed by, the College Admissions Office, notifications are sent to the email address on record.

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