Running for over 35 years, this fully accredited MSc programme builds advanced capabilities in specialist aspects of bridge engineering.
Successful completion of this programme will aid you in pursuing a career as a bridge engineer with a consultancy, a specialist contractor or a local authority.
Graduate students will find the programme of substantial use in developing their knowledge and skills base for bridge analysis, design and management.
The programme also offers the opportunity for practising bridge engineers to update their knowledge of current design and assessment codes and guidelines, become familiar with developments in new techniques for the design, construction and management of bridges.
The Bridge Engineering programme encompasses a wide range of modules addressing the whole life-analysis of bridge structures from design to end-of-life.
Optional modules from some of our other study streams are also offered, covering structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, construction management, and infrastructure engineering and management.
Graduates are highly employable and may progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.
This programme is studied over either one year (full-time) or between two and five years (part-time or distance learning). It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation project.
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Bridge Engineering Group Modules -Bridge Deck Loading and Analysis -Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design -Durability of Bridges and Structures -Steel and Composite Bridge Design -Long-Span Bridges
Structural Engineering Group Modules -Steel Building Design -Space Structures -Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements -Subsea Engineering -Concrete Building Design -Structural Safety and Reliability -Earthquake Engineering -Design of Masonry Structures
Construction Management Group Modules -Construction Management and Law -Construction Organisation -Project and Risk Management
Infrastructure Engineering and Management Group Modules -Infrastructure Investment and Financing -Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience -Infrastructure Asset Management -Sustainability and Infrastructure
Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules -Environmental Health -Water Treatment -Wastewater Treatment -Applied Chemistry and Microbiology -Pollution Control -Groundwater Control -Regulation and Management -Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling -Water Policy and Management -Dissertation -Dissertation Project
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme aims to provide graduates with: -A comprehensive understanding of engineering mechanics for bridge analysis -The ability to select and apply the most appropriate analysis methodology for problems in bridge engineering including advanced and new methods -The ability to design bridge structures in a variety of construction materials -A working knowledge of the key UK and European standards and codes of practice associated with the design, analysis and construction of bridge structures and the ability to interpret and apply these to both familiar and unfamiliar problems -The necessary technical further learning towards fulfilling the educational base for the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding -A knowledge and understanding of the key UK and European standards and codes of practice relating to bridge engineering -The ability to interpret and apply the appropriate UK and European standards and codes of practiceto bridge design for both familiar and unfamiliar situations -A knowledge and understanding of the construction of different types of bridge structures using different types of materials (e.g. concrete and steel) -A knowledge and understanding of the common and less common materials used in bridge engineering -A comprehensive understanding of the principles of engineering mechanics underpinning bridge engineering -The ability to critically evaluate bridge engineering concepts -The ability to apply the appropriate analysis methodologies to common bridge engineering problems as well as unfamiliar problems -The ability to understand the limitations of bridge analysis methods -A knowledge and understanding to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete -A Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development related to bridges -The awareness of the commercial, social and environmental impacts associated with bridges -An awareness and ability to make general evaluations of risk associated with the design and construction of bridge structures including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk -A critical awareness of new developments in the field of bridge engineering
Intellectual / cognitive skills -The ability to tackle problems familiar or otherwise which have uncertain or incomplete data (A,B) -The ability to generate innovative bridge designs (B) -The ability to use theory or experimental research to improve design and/or analysis -The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies -Synthesis and critical appraisal of the thoughts of others
Professional practical skills -The awareness of professional and ethical conduct -A Knowledge and understanding of bridge engineering in a commercial/business context -Ability to use computer software to assist towards bridge analysis -Ability to produce a high quality report -Ability of carry out technical oral presentations
Key / transferable skills -Communicate engineering design, concepts, analysis and data in a clear and effective manner -Collect and analyse research data -Time and resource management planning
"I undertook my MSc at Surrey as a part-time distance learning student whilst working full time in an engineering design consultancy. I found the flexibility to attend lectures at the University as well as being able to switch to distance learning very useful, especially when my work commitments got in the way of lectures.
I started my MSc degree in Bridge Engineering at Surrey having finished my BEng in Civil Engineering three years previously. My engineering industry experience helped me focus my studies and module choices towards the areas that interested me, and to the topics that would progress my career.
The standard of the course material and the relevance of the modules within industry are second to none, with the course staff and lecturers putting in significant effort to make sure you feel part of the programme even if you’re studying as a distance learner.
Surrey’s Bridge Engineering MSc achieves the right balance between theoretical study and practical design, providing you with a well-rounded degree that you can use within industry.
I feel that I’ve significantly gained and furthered my career by undertaking a part-time distance learning MSc at Surrey. Surrey maintains its reputation as one of the top universities for postgraduate teaching on Civil Engineering. "
"I completed my first degree in Civil Engineering back in 1986 and have worked in various design, management and specialist civil engineering roles since then.
"In 2008, a change of direction took me to my employer’s highway structures group and I was looking for some CPD courses to bring me up to speed. Some of the Bridge Engineering modules from the Surrey MSc programme stood out as meeting my needs so I signed up with the intention of doing perhaps two or three modules.
"However, the quality of the lectures and course material as well as the challenge and sense of achievement kept me coming back for more, and in four years I was able to complete the programme of eight modules plus the project. It was hard work, but the flexibility of the part-time programme enabled me to study as well as continue with full time employment and look after my young family.
"The project within Surrey’s Bridge Engineering MSc was particularly rewarding as I was able to link an independent piece of research work with a real-world project for my employer.
"Surrey has given me the technical background and specialist knowledge I need to carry out my current role in bridge engineering. And of course the MSc is a valuable addition to my CV."
Discounts for Surrey graduates
No. of awards TBC
If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.
Value of Scholarship(s)
10% tuition fee discount
Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford
If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]
GREAT Surrey Scholarships India
Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering - Chemistry - Civil and Environmental Engineering - Computer Science - Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Environment and Sustainability - Mathematics - Mechanical Engineering Sciences - PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university). - You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)
Value of Scholarship(s)
The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.
A minimum of 60 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering accredited to CEng with a minimum of 60 per cent in Structures and Codified Design subjects Alternatively a minimum of 70 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering accredited to IEng, plus approval from the relevant institution. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome. Alternatively, at least five years’ relevant industrial experience (preferably codified design) or a professional qualification (for example, CEng).
Recipient: University of Surrey
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