Structural engineering concerns the analysis, calculation and design of load-bearing structures and structural systems. Building technology concerns the analysis, calculation and design of the body of the building, including façade and building envelopes.
To design new buildings and structures for the future, engineering expertise at master’s degree level in the fields of building technology and structural engineering, as well as in-depth knowledge about climate and environmental issues relating to the field, is needed.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Structural Engineering and Building Technology is a full-time course of study over two years (120 credits). The programme represents a continuation and specialisation in relation to the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Civil Engineering, under the structural engineering course option.
The master’s degree programme is designed to meet the National Council for Technological Education’s (UHR-NRT) conditions for use of the additional Norwegian designation sivilingeniør (siv.ing.) on diplomas for master’s degree programmes in technology subjects.
The programme provides in-depth study and specialisation in the field of structural engineering and building technology. Structural engineering concerns the analysis, calculation and design of load-bearing structures and structural systems. Building technology concerns the analysis, calculation and design of the body of the building, including facades and building envelopes.
Climate change in the form of increased temperatures, more precipitation and extreme weather exposes buildings, bridges, offshore structures and other installations to greater and more unpredictable stresses. At the same time, society and the authorities place increasing demands on environmentally friendly and sustainable design in the built environment. For the purpose of dimensioning and designing new buildings for the future, we need candidates with engineering expertise at master’s degree level (engineers) in the fields of building technology and structural engineering, who are also knowledgeable about climate and environmental issues relating to the field.
Candidates holding a master’s degree in structural engineering and building technology have expertise that is in high demand in both the private and public sector. The most relevant employers are advisory engineering firms, contractors, construction clients, municipalities and research institutes. The Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering and Building Technology can also qualify students for further studies at the doctoral degree level.
Students who complete the master’s degree programme will be awarded the degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Structural Engineering and Building Technology. Candidates who holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering pursuant to the national curriculum, can use the additional Norwegian designation sivilingeniør . The master’s degree is awarded in accordance with Section 3 of the Regulations concerning Requirements for the Master’s Degrees, issued by the Ministry of Education and Research.
On completion of the Master’s Degree Programme in Structural Engineering and Building Technology, candidates are expected to have the following learning outcome defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has advanced knowledge in the calculations and design of buildings and structures and specialized insight in a limited area, depending on the choice of specialization (building technology or structural engineering)
- has in-depth knowledge of scientific theory and methods as well as knowledge of codes and regulations used in the analysis and design of building components and structural systems
- is able to evaluate climate and environmental effects on the built environment, and apply this knowledge in solving new structural engineering and building technology problems
- is able to analyze questions/issues related to building technology and structural engineering, based on the historical development of the discipline/subject area, new technology and society’s need for more sustainable design in the built environment
The candidate is able to
- analyze and make use of scientific publications and technical literature in discussions and to justify decisions on the choice of building and structural solutions
- work independently and in team and make use of excising theories and methods, as well as rules and regulations, to solve practical and theoretical problems related to buildings and structures
- use relevant methods for research and development work in an independent manner within the field of building technology and structural engineering
- use relevant computer software and ICT tools in the analysis, design and visualization of buildings and structures
- carry out an independent, delimited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable research ethical standards
The candidate is able to
- analyze academic and professional ethical issues and make ethically sound recommendations of building products and technical solutions, including their impact on humans and the environment
- apply his/her knowledge and skills to analyze and design complex constructions and buildings within structural engineering and building technology
- convey the results of independent work, both in writing and orally
- communicate on issues, analyses and solutions within structural engineering and building technology, both with specialists and the general public
- contribute to the development of new structural and sustainable building solutions
The content and structure of the programme
The programme is a full-time programme over two years that consists of a lecture-based component with a scope of 90 credits and an independent project – the master’s thesis – with a scope of 30 credits.
Reference is made to the Regulations relating to Admission to Studies at HiOA.
Admission to the master’s degree programme requires a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering or marine engineering with a grade point average of C or better, will also be qualified for admission. Candidates must also have taken at least 25 credits in mathematics ( including either Mathematics 3000, Mathematics 4000 or similar courses), 5 credits in statistics and 7.5 credits in physics (may include solid mechanics, building physics and thermodynamics).
In addition, applicants must have at least 20 credits in mechanics, statics or other courses in the field of structural engineering.
Applicant groups and ranking
80 % of the places on the programme are reserved for applicants ranked without additional points. Additional points for relevant experience are awarded to applicants with work experience from the building and construction industry or other construction-related work in the mechanical, oil/gas or maritime industry, or equivalent. Additional points for education are awarded applicants with relevant education in the field covered by the master’s degree programme. Reference is made to the Regulations relating to Admission to Studies at HiOA.
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