Goal

This programme in Structural Engineering equips you with insights and tools needed to take a central role in creating sustainable and climate-smart buildings.

It is based on requirements for the scope of studies in building technology and structural design of wooden structures for exceptionally demanding structures, as well as study requirements in building mechanics and building physics, in order to have sufficient competence for exceptionally demanding wooden structures.

The education meets the requirements of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment guidelines on the qualification of building designers YM2 / 601/2015 and FISE's requirements and criteria for wooden structures and load-bearing structures in wood, as well as building physics.

Additionally, this programme deals with fire dimensioning, stiffening, and sound technology in wooden structures, as well as the climate footprint and life cycle calculations of wooden buildings. An important goal in this education is that it prepares you to take a central role in creating sustainable and climate-smart buildings.

These studies are optimized for flexible learning and studying, parallel with fulltime employment preferably at an Engineering Company. A major part of the studies is conducted online, in combination with independent studies and teamwork.

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Structure of Studies and Research Focus

This degree programme in Structural Engineering is comprised pof 60 ECTS and the degree title is Master of Engineering. The programme has a special focus on building technology and the structural design of wooden structures.

The studies include a total of 9 courses of 3 ECTS each within building physics, structural mechanics, and demanding constructions. Furthermore, there is a course in research methodology to prepare you for the Thesis (30 ECTS).

Building Physics

  • Building Physics, Advanced Course, 3 ECTS
  • Applied Building Physics and Climate Performance, 3 ECTS

Structural Mechanics

  • Structural Mechanics, Advanced Course, 3 ECTS
  • Structural Mechanics, Applied Course 1, 3 ECTS
  • Structural Mechanics, Applied Course 2, 3 ECTS    

Demanding Constructions

  • Fundamentals of Wooden Structures and Wooden Frame Systems, 3 ECTS
  • Design and Dimensioning of Load-bearing Wooden Structures, 3 ECTS
  • Design and Dimensioning of Joints in Wooden Structures, 3 ECTS
  • Design and Dimensioning of Wooden Structure and Wooden Building Stiffening , 3 ECTS

Research Methodology

  • Research Methodology, 3 ECTS       
  • Thesis, 30 ECTS

The thesis work is realised as a research and development project related to working life.

The studies are part-time and designed to be combined with work in the engineering field. The courses are carried out primarily as online studies i.e., lectures are tied to time but not to place.

Students are expected to participate in all the online lectures to be able to pass the courses. To be able to study in the degree programme, students need a computer with dual screens, good internet connection, a web cam, and a headset.

Lectures are primarily one weekday afternoon a week (usually at 15:00-18:00). During each semester, possibly 1-2 days will be arranged as lectures at Campus or site visits, with students participating on site.

Moving to Finland for the studies is though not necessary. It is recommended but not mandatory to attend some sessions in person at campus. The few lectures which are held on campus or as site visits are a good opportunity to meet and network with your peers.

Independently of this, it is mandatory to visit Finland to get the original version(s) of previous degree certificate(s) checked and to strengthen one’s personal identity when initiating the studies.

Master of Engineering, Structural Engineering

  • Field of study: Technology and Seafaring
  • Extent: 2 years 60 Credits
  • Location: Raasepori
  • Application period: 4-18 January 2023

Previous Knowledge

You can apply for Master of Engineering, Structural Engineering if you have completed

  • Bachelor's degree and/or master's degree
  • Minimum 24 months of work in a related field after completion of Bachelor's degree

Scholarships and Tuition Fees

The studies are free for EU citizens.

Tuition fee-paying (non EU/EEA) students can apply for a scholarship. Read more about scholarships on the Admissions Services pages.

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 10000 euro per academic year (Master's). Read more about scholarships on the Admissions Services pages.

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Degree Project

The master's thesis is a demanding development project or research work which combines theory, practice, and the creation of new knowledge.

The thesis subject and aim are based on requirements and needs of the field of structural engineering for sustainable buildings.

The theme of the thesis (30 ECTS) must be related to the field(s) of study, preferably agreed upon with an industry representative.

Thus, the thesis works as a bridge between study and work, giving students the opportunity to apply theoretical thinking to practical problems.

Additionally, alternatives to a thesis can be, for example:

  • reports (e.g. investigations, surveys, analyses and/or evaluations)
  • development work (e.g. development of working methods or activities)
  • product development (e.g. a prototype or a model)
  • a plan, a product or an artistic work (e.g. an event, a collection, an artistic production, a course, design of material such as guides/manuals or handbooks)
  • a portfolio

Constructing a thesis subject and the potential collaboration with an organisation is at the responsibility of the student.

Continuing Education Opportunities

With a master’s degree, students are able to continue on to university post-graduate (licentiate/doctoral) studies. However, universities may, at their own discretion, have specific admission requirements for post-graduate studies that must be met in addition to a completed master’s degree.

 

Career Opportunities

After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities, especially in structural engineering in the Nordic countries, but also in general in tasks that require a master’s degree.

Graduates will be better suited for work within engineering companies, construction and land use authorities and governmental task as well as a wide range of related organizations, education and research.

These fields have a constant need for employees, and the fast development of the construction industry brings more opportunities.

Internationalisation

If you choose to participate in our international activities, you will gain experiences and memories for life.

Students can participate in international activity by:

  • studying as an exchange student for a semester or academic year at one of our partner schools around the world
  • completing an internship abroad
  • participating in intensive courses and projects, together with international students
  • serving as a tutor and liaison for incoming exchange students

Additionally, since the language of instruction is English, there are possibilities to work at an international scale, both during and after the studies.

For example, the thesis project can be conducted abroad or in an international business setting.

We aim at strengthening our international profile in the EU primarily in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region. Novia UAS is actively involved in various programs and builds a network of strategic partner institutions and other stakeholders in Europe.

Language of Instruction

The studies are conducted in English.

Collaboration With Other Actors

The focus, study contents and ways of implementation of the programme are planned together with the major engineering companies in the Nordic countries.

The initiative to this degree programme in structural engineering originally comes from the strategic partnership Novia UAS has had since the year 2007 with the largest engineering company in Finland.

Close contacts and co-operation with major companies and organisations in the field continues in the courses and development of the programme.

Continuing Education Opportunities

With a master’s degree, students can continue to university post-graduate (doctoral) studies, however universities may at their own discretion have specific admission requirements for post-graduate studies that must be met in addition to a completed master’s degree.

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Career Opportunities

After completing the programme, you will be qualified to pursue a wide range of career opportunities, especially in structural engineering in the Nordic countries, but also in general in tasks that require a master’s degree.

Graduates will be better suited for work within engineering companies, construction and land use authorities and governmental task as well as a wide range of related organizations, education and research.

These fields have a constant need for employees, and the fast development of the construction industry brings more opportunities.

Head of Degree Programme
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Mats Lindholm

Senior Lecturer

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Towe Andersson

Senior Lecturer

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