Research and Development Route

Structural engineering includes (but is not limited to) improving the understanding of existing structures and the development of new structural materials, software, components and/or design and analysis methods in concrete, glass, masonry, polymers, steel, timber and various other structural composites. It also encompasses any discipline that involves the investigation of the action of internal or external force systems on a variety of structural forms including those found in aeronautical, aerospace, geotechnical, marine and medical engineering.

Qualifying criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be able to provide evidence of important structural engineering research or development work of an original nature that has been carried out over a sustained period
  • Provide some evidence of research or development leadership

Applicants must also satisfy the following:

  • You must hold an Institution accredited MEng degree (normally 4 years full time or the equivalent). Those holding a BEng (Hons) degree can also apply, but a period of Further Learning must also be demonstrated e.g. through an accredited MSc degree, via the Institution’s Technical Report Route or completion of the Institution's Chartered Membership Examination.
  • You must successfully complete the Institution's Initial Professional Development (IPD) programme. This training programme includes 13 core objectives set to bridge the gap between education and becoming a Chartered Member
  • You must attend and pass a Professional Review Interview (PRI)
  • You must pass a Research and Development Review (a review of your published research and development work). This will be in lieu of sitting the Chartered Membership Examination

Note to prospective candidates: It is unlikely that candidates with less than three years post-doc experience will have produced a sufficient body of research for consideration.

Deadlines: 1 March and 1 September each year.

Mandatory reporting of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All members elected to a professional grade (Technician, Associate-Member, Chartered Member, Fellow) from January 2011 must comply with the Institution’s mandatory reporting of CPD policy.

2018 fees

  • Application fee: £95
  • Interview fee (Individually Managed/Accredited Training Scheme/Retrospectively Collated Route): £155
  • Research and Development Assessment fee: £100
  • Annual subscription: £331

Engineering Council fees (optional):

  • Registration for CEng £50.70
  • CEng (if already CEng registered): £39.00

How to apply

To apply for Chartered membership, you will need to complete the following documents and submit the relevant supporting documentation as listed on the application together with the appropriate fees:

The Institution has obtained confirmation from the Engineering Council that candidates who have followed this route will be acceptable for registration as Chartered Engineers (CEng).


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