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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.

Programme structure

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.

Example module listing

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

Structural Engineering Group Modules

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules

Construction Management Group Modules

Infrastructure Engineering and Management Group Modules

Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules

Dissertation

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

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.


Visit the Bridge Engineering MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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