MSc Timber Engineering
Why choose this course?
Timber is becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable construction material, creating more and more opportunities for engineers who want to work with this unique resource. This course, the only one of its kind in the UK, meets a demand for suitably qualified construction professionals by developing the diverse range of skills of those that are already in, or would like to enter the timber industry.
You'll become a competent and resourceful timber engineer, equipped with the relevant training in analysis, design and assessment of timber structural systems. This both satisfies the needs of the timber industry and meets the academic requirements appropriate for chartered membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers. This means you will not only graduate with a postgraduate degree but a highly respected professional qualification.
You'll develop the ability to analyse, design and assess timber structural systems and assemblies as well as useful transferable skills in presentation, communication and team work.
As Edinburgh's top university for Graduate Employability (HESA 2010) and one of the top in the UK for Graduate Prospects (The Independent and The Times University Guides for 2009), we can offer you a valuable head-start in your chosen career.
Should you be already working in the timber industry, in either a managerial or technical role, you'll find your employment options will be enhanced on graduation.
Entry into the industry, either directly from university or from another field, will also be facilitated, thanks to the practical experience and industry contacts you'll encounter throughout the course.
What can Edinburgh Napier offer?
We are the first and only university in the UK to offer courses in timber engineering, leading the way in this dynamic and expanding area of construction. We have a reputation for academic excellence supported by excellent industry links, plus contemporary research and consultancy through the Centre for Timber Engineering, Building Performance Centre and Scottish Energy Centre.
We have a strong and established tradition of providing comprehensive postgraduate training courses that combine theoretical learning with practical application.
The course is supported by:
specialist laboratories, so you can benefit from practical experience that reinforces the knowledge you gain from lectures and tutorials
enthusiastic and knowledgeable technicians to assist you with project work
an online working environment, giving you instant access to lecture notes, coursework, exams and reading lists
24 hour access to the 500-seat Jack Kilby computer centre, where you will have use of relevant software packages, plus unrestricted email and web access
access to our fully-networked library, offering an extensive collection of materials and required course texts
specialist staff who are on hand to offer support in learning, language development or personal issues, including a personal development tutor
our Library Information Service, which can provide a number of useful aids that will help develop study skills - ideal if you are returning to study.
This course is based at Merchiston Campus in the lively Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh. The campus is well catered for by local amenities including cafes and bars, and is a short walk from the beautiful Meadows Park. Merchiston Campus is a unique blend of the past and present. It is home to modern computing facilities as well as the 13th century Napier Tower.
Project Management, Analysis & Timber Design 1, Sustainable Building Design
Timber Materials Application, Analysis & Timber Design 2, Timber Form & Construction
Students of this course are eligible for the Best Dissertation Performance prize
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International Student Requirements:
To apply, you'll need an honours degree in Civil or Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering or other Engineering qualification at equivalent level. Alternatively, a lower level qualification in a numerate area (e.g. BSc/BEng in Engineering) together with appropriate experience will also be considered.