Sustainable Structural Engineering, Master Programme120 credits
If you would like to shape and construct the buildings of the future, then Sustainable Structural Engineering is the programme for you. This master’s programme will put you among those who will be able to develop the future principles of sustainable construction.
Today, ever more challenging, and exciting structures are being built around us. Examples of such are tall and slender buildings or structures with a long span. This trend will most likely continue and, in parallel, there are increasing demands for structures that are sustainable in the long term. To succeed as a structural engineer in the future, you must have an in-depth understanding of the possibilities and limitations of different materials, construction elements, and systems. On the programme, you will be challenged intellectually with advanced theories for analysis but also by practical applications, for you to be able to take part in the shaping of a sustainable future.
You will be among those who will be able to develop the future principles of sustainable structural engineering.
Template for the Statement of Purpose intended for individual assessment to be included in the programme application.
Engineers who are highly skilled in computational mechanics have good opportunities to get qualified work assignments at a broad range of different companies. Examples of such are small and big consulting firms and production companies that wish to further develop their products. A master’s degree from the programme is also a solid foundation for PhD studies.
Master of Science (120 credits) with specialisation in sustainable structural engineering.
Main field of study: Civil engineering
We learn how to contribute to a more sustainable future
Jenny appreciates the study environment at Linnaeus University. She thinks it is an interesting programme that gives the students a deeper understanding of the subject.
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- I studied Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Building Technology at Linnaeus University and wanted to expand my knowledge. I really enjoyed my studies at Linnaeus University and, therefore, it felt natural for me to apply here once more for my Master´s degree.
Jenny appreciates the study environment at the university and the way in which the programme is structured.
- It’s a good environment that encourages students to learn more. Usually, we study two courses at a time. The courses include lectures, exercises and seminars. We often work in projects and then complete the course with an examination. I find it interesting that the programme focuses on construction, which means that we get a deeper understanding of the subject.
She is truly happy with her decision to study this programme.
- I believe this programme is perfect if you are interested in working as a construction engineer or if you would like to do research within the field. I enjoy in particular the focus on wooden constructions. I am really happy with my choice of education.
Jenny enjoys life on campus.
- It’s really good! I like life on campus, and I have made friends for life.
Johan works with calculations for bridges
Johan works as assistant constructor within bridge and facility construction at WSP in Växjö. A job he was able to get thanks to the contacts he established with the company during his time as a student at Linnaeus University.
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As Johan was studying to become an engineer, he realised the importance of establishing contacts with companies. This was also useful when he wrote his thesis.
“When I wrote my engineering thesis on construction technology, WSP bridge & water constructions in Malmö was my supervisor, together with Linnaeus University. Once my degree project was finished, I contacted the company”, says Johan.
As it turned out, WSP was about to open a group for bridge & water construction in Växjö, which was a field within which Johan wanted to work.
“My course mate and I decided to write our master’s thesis on wooden bridges. Our project was conducted with supervision both from Linnaeus University and from WSP in Växjö. In connection to our writing of the thesis, I was offered a job at WSP, first as an hourly-paid employee and then, after I graduated, on a probationary period. The probationary period was then turned into a permanent employment”, Johan explains.
Today, he works as assistant constructor within bridge & facility construction, which was his goal from the beginning. His workdays can vary quite a lot.
“Some workdays can consist only of calculations and modelling. For instance, dimensioning of different construction parts or analyses in finite element programs. Other days may consist of investigative work. For instance, creating an overview at an early stage of what will have an impact and what must be taken into account in the planning and design stage for a new bridge or other construction. Sometimes, there are also enriching meetings with people who are part of the same project as I am. I take an active part at these meetings and learn how to tackle the next step in the process. At these meetings, we have a dialogue on where we stand and whether there are any problems that we can solve together”, Johan continues.
Johan thinks that the programme is fitting for those who would like to gain in-depth knowledge about construction technology or learn the finite element method. You should also be interested in mathematics and physics, as the courses are theoretical. Johan has had use of the knowledge he acquired on the programme in his professional life.
“I’ve really had a lot of use of all the building mechanics, dimensioning of concrete, steel and wood, and parts of the finite element method. However, the most useful thing has probably been the problem-solving that was a prominent part of all courses on the programme”, says Johan.
The sustainability perspective is also a natural part on some of the courses on the programme, which contributes with new knowledge to the construction sector.
“Considering the challenges we are facing right now relating to the climate, I think that this programme really stands out as it trains constructors to think more sustainably. This gives me the opportunity to contribute to reducing the climate impact from the construction sector”, Johan explains.
The master’s programme has opened up different professional paths for Johan and he is positive about the future.
“I can see that, having the education that I have, there is a lot of opportunity for continuing professional development within a number of fields. For instance, if I would like to conduct research or change focus entirely later on and start working with something else in the construction sector, there are lots of opportunities for me”, Johan concludes.
Växjö – the student city with a living campus
Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.
Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.
With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also a picturesque city where you are always close to forests and water.