Students who have also studied art or design are particularly suited to this innovative course. The Clerkenwell location provides a vibrant and relevant environment for structural engineers to collaborate with leading architects and other designers. This new degree is the first of its kind to be offered in London. It responds to the demand for motivated, creative individuals who wish to take full advantage of their interest in science and mathematics to arrive at elegant designs that link optimisation with a beauty of architectural form. Our approach rewards critical thinking and curiosity. Students are shown how to arrive at efficient solutions where the structure can withstand the stresses and displacements resulting from all plausible static and dynamic loads (be they gravitational, seismic, wind, thermal or impact). Students have access to world leading test facilities to undertake research projects and laboratory tests that support their learning. Students are strongly encouraged to follow a 12-month industrial placement between the end of year three and start of their final year. Specialist advisors within the School are in regular contact with engineering firms to assist in finding suitable internships and placements. Students benefit from the advantage of studying in the vibrant Design Quarter of Clerkenwell, where numerous extracurricular professional activities occur (for example, at the nearby Institution of Structural Engineers). These offer excellent networking opportunities that can lead to exciting work experience placements. In recent years students on engineering courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as Balfour Beatty, AECOM, Arup, Interserve and Network Rail. We anticipate that graduates from this unique course will be sought after by leading structural engineering consultancies and architectural practices, such as Arup, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Thornton Tomasetti, SOM, BuroHappold Engineering and AKT II.