MSc Research Grants


The 2017/18 scheme is now open for applications

The MSc Research Grants Scheme sponsors postgraduate research projects carried out as part of a full or part-time MSc degree programme. This Scheme is supported by the Institution’s Research Fund to encourage young researchers. View details of currently funded projects.

Up to five grants of £800 each are available. Additionally, a prize-winner’s plaque and certificate will be awarded to the student submitting the best project poster. 

All applications to the 2017/18 scheme must be received by 5pm Friday 10 November 2017


Who can apply?

  • All applications must be submitted by the academic who will be supervising the project
  • If the application is successful, the supervisor then selects a suitable student(s) to undertake the project

How to apply

When does the funded project need to begin?

  • The timing of the project is intended to coincide with the university's usual arrangements for term time MSc projects that are assessed for a post-graduate degree
  • Applications should be made for a particular project idea to be carried out in the 2017/18 academic year

What are the eligibility criteria?

For a research project to be eligible for an MSc Research Grant it must be:

  • focussed on a structural engineering topic
  • undertaken during the degree programme
  • part of the assessed work of an MSc degree programme within a department of civil/structural engineering
  • undertaken by an individual student or as a joint project

Note that:

  • Only one application can be submitted by each member of academic staff per year
  • Funding for research conducted as part of an MEng programme should be applied for under the Institution’s Undergraduate Research Grant Scheme

How can the grant be used?

The £800 grant will be paid in two instalments:

  • £600 for project costs to supervisor (which can cover: equipment, consumables and software licenses) – to be paid at beginning of project
  • £200 to student – to be paid when all the deliverables have been submitted

On what basis are applications assessed?

The following criteria will be used in assessing applications:

  • Extent of innovation
  • Relationship to a practical problem
  • Feasibility to conduct the project within a short period by a student
  • Likelihood of expected outcome to provide scope for further research
  • Applications that address the priorities of the Industry Focussed Research Challenge will receive additional credit in the initial selection of grant winners. Take a look at the current priority themes 

What are the conditions around the grant?

  • On being awarded a grant, it is incumbent on the supervisor to select a suitable student to undertake the project, provide the required supervision and arrange the necessary university resources for the successful execution of the project
  • Details of grant holders and their supervisors will appear on the website together with project details, initially the aims, method and benefits as stated on the application form and subsequently the executive summary and poster
  • The student must agree to submit an A1 size poster highlighting the main features of the project, and an executive summary of 200 to 300 words (relating, where possible, the project outputs to practice or further research required), to the Institution of Structural Engineers within two months of completing the project
  • The grant is awarded to a named supervisor for a specific project as detailed on the application. Grants are not transferable to other supervisors or projects
  • Any changes in circumstances that would affect the undertaking of the proposed project should be made known to the Technical Department (via email ) at the earliest opportunity

What deliverables need to be produced?

The following deliverables are to be submitted by the student within two months of completing the project:

  • an A1 size poster highlighting the main features of the project
  • an executive summary of 200 to 300 words (relating, where possible, the project outputs to practice or further research required)

How will posters be judged for the prize?

Guidance will be made available on preparing posters which will be judged on the basis of:

  • whether the aims of the project were met
  • quality of research carried out
  • quality of communication via the poster
  • the extent to which the original research idea was merit worthy.

The student submitting the best poster will receive a prize-winner’s plaque and certificate. Additionally, their poster will be displayed at the next Young Researchers Conference; students are not required to deliver a presentation on their poster.


Contact Berenice Chan via email or call on 020 7235 4535.

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