Graduate Membership

Graduate Membership

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Becoming a Graduate Member tells potential employers that you’re serious about your career.

As a Graduate Member we help you build the knowledge, skills and experience you need to become a Member, Associate, or Incorporated-Member. We help you in your Initial Professional Development (IPD) by connecting you with people, ideas and opportunities that will make a real difference in your career.

You can become a Graduate Member any time after finishing your degree. Graduate Membership tells the industry that you’re serious about what you do and that you’re working to be the best. We’re here to help you maximise your chance of securing the jobs you apply for, through tailored training, and events.

Gain the GIStructE designation

Graduate Members who pass our Certificate in Structural Behaviour exam are eligible to use our brand new GIStructE designation - which demonstrates to employers, colleagues, clients and the public that you have an exceptional understanding of structural behaviour. Register now with the new graduate price of £85.

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Showcase your skills

Enter the Kenneth Severn Award for the chance to get your work published in our highly respected magazine, The Structural Engineer; apply to study trends and practice in other countries with our Pai Lin Li Travel Award, and, if you are doing a PhD, present your insights at our annual Young Researchers Conference.

Access a world of wisdom

Access knowledge free via our Library, E-library, and subscription to The Structural Engineer - and enjoy discounts on all our publications and paid events.

Steps to Graduate Membership


You are a Student Member graduating in a civil or structural discipline this year:

You do not need to do anything. You will automatically be enrolled as a Graduate Member, with no charge in your first year of Graduate Membership. We will email you to confirm when you have been elected as a Graduate Member. 


You are a Student Member graduating in another discipline:

When you have finished your studies, hit the apply button below and fill out the online form - it takes five minutes to complete. You may need to undertake an academic assessment. Contact the membership team if you are unsure of your eligibility.


You are not a Student Member and you have graduated:

Hit the apply button below and fill out the simple online form. You will need to upload a copy of your degree certificate and pay the annual graduate subscription fee. 

If your degree is not accredited, you will need to upload certified copies of your degree certificate(s) and your transcripts. Contact the membership team if you are unsure if your degree is accredited.

You are not a Student Member and you are still studying:

You can still qualify for a free year of Graduate Membership by becoming a Student Member first. Becoming a Student Member is fast and free.


Once you're ready to apply click the Apply button below. Or if you'd like to do the application offline you can download and complete our Graduate form.

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Your annual subscription:


The first year of membership is free for eligible Student Members.


Other fee information:

If you apply during the year you may be eligible for pro-rata deductions. 

Your fees can also be reduced if you have a low income, or if you are a member of a professional body that participates in our joint-discount scheme. Contact the membership team for further details.


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Achieve our brand new GIStructE designation

By passing the Certificate in Structural Behaviour Graduate Members are eligible to use our GIStructE designation, which demonstrates to employers, colleagues, clients and the public you have an exceptional understanding of structural behaviour.

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Designed for success

Explore our brochure and discover how Graduate Membership benefits your career.

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Essential Knowledge Series

Enjoy free access to the EKT Series, covering the core principles of structural design, analysis and mechanics

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Institution Library

Access one of the UK’s finest specialist collections of printed structural engineering literature.

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The Structural Engineer

Fee-paying Graduate Members receive a copy of our flagship publication. All can access the entire online archive.

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Discounts on publications

Enjoy big discounts on our range of authoritative, peer reviewed manuals and guides.

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Access to the Benevolent Fund

The fund helps those affected by issues such as illness, unemployment, bereavement, anxiety and stress related health concerns.

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Resources for graduates

Explore our training, events and resources to support you throughout your career and membership journey.