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Course content

The Road Management and Engineering programme is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge of management procedures for the planning, appraisal, design, construction and maintenance of road networks. 

The programme is relevant to conditions found in both developed and developing countries and are suitable for road engineers and civil engineering graduates who want to pursue a career in road management.

Leading to:

  • Master of Science degree, MSc (12 months full time, 24-36 months part-time)
  • Diploma (10 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time)

Course details

The course has been devised to meet the demands of both the UK and overseas road industry. It offers advanced training to engineers aspiring to higher or middles management in public and private sector road management.

Management-focused modules complement the range of subjects taught in the engineering oriented modules and include state-of-the-art principles and practices associated with road asset management, economics and financing, HDM-4 (the World Bank’s de facto standard for road investment appraisal) and planning.

  • Modules are delivered via a variety of lectures, tutorials, team exercises, projects and site visits.
  • Those taking the MSc progamme undertake a research project which accounts for 60 credits (one third of the overall programme).
  • An important feature is flexibility of delivery, allowing primarily UK-based practising road engineers to attend on a part-time basis.

Programme content

The programme consists of taught modules and a research project. Student development is through a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits and major and minor projects. Student-centred, computer-based and flexible learning are important elements. Coursework and oral presentations are required for many projects. The syllabus includes:

  • Road asset management 
  • Road economics and financing
  • Pavement engineering
  • Sustainable road transport
  • Road design 
  • Road safety
  • Rural roads

The programme is also designed with part-time students in mind, and is formulated specifically to facilitate the career development of individuals working in the roads sector and meet the demands of both the UK and overseas road industry. Part-time students take the same modules as full-time students, but can opt to take the programme over a two or three-year period. To facilitate this, each module is delivered two separate one-week blocks over the course of a semester.

Learning and teaching

The primary teaching interest is to provide postgraduate taught programmes (MSc, Diploma and Certificate) for both practising road engineers and Civil Engineering graduates that want to pursue a career in road management. 

The programmes are designed to provide current knowledge in management procedures for the planning, appraisal, design, construction and maintenance of road networks. The programmes will be relevant to conditions found in both the developed and the developing countries. A key feature of the programmes delivery is flexibility that allows primarily UK-based practicing road engineers to attend the programmes on a part-time basis.

Employability

Graduates are held in high regard and many of today’s senior executives in road authorities throughout the world are

graduates of the programme. Our excellent links with industry ensure that the vast majority of graduates find rewarding

employment and amongst our recent graduates are those who have joined the World Bank, government road agencies,

local authorities, international arms of consulting engineers, niche asset management specialists and road contractors as well as those who have gone on to PhD study.

Your MSc counts towards achieving Chartered Engineer accreditation.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.


Visit the Road Management and Engineering - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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