Structural Engineering, Master Programme

60 credits

“Doing things right and doing the right things". Stresses, deformation and vibrations – how do building structures react in different situations? Analyze, calculate and learn scientific methods. A technical education on advanced level is a good base for your future success.

Students following this master programme will be able to handle a wide range of problems within advanced structural engineering and design, using computational tools such as the finite element method. The programme has a focus on wood building technology and design, another important research area at Linnaeus University in which research is carried out in close cooperation with the industry. In addition to a thorough theoretical basis, applied projects concerning the development of new products and technology is included in the programme. Something very advantageous is the fact that there is a series of interesting wood building projects going on in the city of Växjö, and projects that will continue for several years to come.

The programme contains the courses: Analysis of Structures, The Finite Element Method, Timber based Building Systems, Multivariate Calculus and Vector Calculus, Structural Dynamics, Scientific Methodology and Planning and Degree Project/Thesis.

The University has exchange programs with a large number of universities around the world. Students from these, as well as free movers, are welcome to apply for this program. All the education in the programme is conducted in English.


The programme prepares students for work in industry, within a growing wood building branch or elsewhere in the building industry where skills in structural design and analysis are required, but it also prepares for research studies for PhD exams.


After one year of successful study, students will get a Master of Science (60 credits), Main field of study: Civil Engineering.

Student testimonials

Tadios Sisay studied the Master Programme in Structural Engineering


"Without maths no engineering"

Johan Lessner from Sweden is studying the master programme Structural Engineering. One of the courses in the programme is taken together with students from the master programme in Mechanical Engineering. This is how he met Linu Joseph from India and Fredrik Eriksson, also from Sweden.

photo portrait Johan

All of them agree that the amount of work needed on master's level is higher than the one on bachelor's level.

"When studying the first year, we often had one more difficult course and one easier at the same time", says Fredrik. Maybe everything is not that difficult, but it demands that we spend a lot of time working with the exercises."

"We always have a busy schedule", Johan concludes with a smile.

How come you chose this education?

"Probably I won't be studying at the university again, so it might be wise to do this master now", says Johan.

"I searched for opportunities through my Indian agent, and found this to be a good alternative, Linu explains. I like the weather here, cold and nice. The Swedes are really friendly, calm and beautiful", he says with a smile.

"It is fun and interesting to work together", Johan continues.

"Yes, we have a good time exchanging ideas", says Linu.

Can you see the use of what you are learning right now?

"Yes, definitely. The math part is mainly a tool for the other courses. Without maths no engineering. Right now the theories and way of calculating concerns constructions, putting up static equations concerning dimensions on steel or wood frames for example", Johan and Linu explains.

"But these type of calculations can just as well be used when it comes to heating problems", Fredrik continues.

The industry needs many new engineers in the nearest future. In Sweden, many working engineers will retire the next ten to fifteen years, and a lack of competence is predicted.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.