Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc

Our Infrastructure Engineering and Management programme will give you in-depth knowledge about specialised aspects and management of infrastructure systems. Such infrastructure specialists are required to support the UK government towards more efficient and accelerated delivery of the National Infrastructure Plan as well as lead in the planning and delivery of new, and the management of, congested infrastructure systems in overseas countries.

Why Surrey?

Very few universities offer Infrastructure MScs, so we have addressed this by creating a unique programme, helping you qualify in a fast-moving area with all the skills you need to succeed. As a student here, you will receive first-class teaching from industry players and academics who are experts in their field and you will be equipped with all the knowledge needed to support the government’s National Infrastructure Plan.

The course is delivered by university academics, external key professionals from the infrastructure/civil engineering industry and government.

Programme overview

Our Infrastructure Engineering and Management programme aims to provide graduates with the background required to plan new and manage existing infrastructure. This course will broadly cover the planning, design, analysis and management frameworks of infrastructure systems.

This course will provide you with expertise in:

  • Technical aspects of infrastructure engineering within a social, economic, environmental and political context
  • Factors that affect and drive infrastructure planning and funding
  • The interdependent nature of infrastructure across different sectors

You can expect to qualify on this course with a sound understanding of the whole life-cycle of infrastructure assets, the environmental impact of infrastructure projects and formal asset management techniques so that you can maximise the benefits of infrastructure assets in the future.

Why not explore some of our past and present student profiles, including Alex Salter, Ian Sandle, Evangelos Alexakis and Mina Giagia.

Module overview

The modular arrangement of the Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc enables you to build a course suited to your individual needs and interest. The range of modules gives you flexibility and is tailored to both full-time, part-time and distance learning students.

The majority of modules run for ten weeks and comprise approximately 30 hours (three hours per week) of class time and 120 hours of self-study and assignments. 

Successful completion of eight modules and a research dissertation are required for a student to gain an MSc degree. Eight modules without a dissertation are needed for a Postgraduate Diploma and four modules for a Postgraduate Certificate.

Infrastructure Engineering and Management module groups 

Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc shares some of its optional (technical elective) modules with other courses within the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Process Engineering and the Centre of Environmental Strategy.

Compulsory modules have been designed to give you a broad overview of everything you need to know about infrastructure systems and management. Optional modules enable you to build on these and customise your degree to your own interests. You will study four compulsory modules, four optional modules and a research dissertation. Your 60-credit dissertation module will be supervised by an academic and/or professional member of staff in an infrastructure-related subject.

Compulsory modules (15 credits each)
  • Infrastructure Investment and Financing

This module is aimed at familiarising students with the concept of the economics of infrastructure. It introduces the background behind investment and funding required for the financial planning of infrastructure and discusses the various forms of funding available for infrastructure (public, private and combined) are reviewed and their merits and limitations are discussed. Investment and financing models for different infrastructure sectors are described. Different types of risks associated with infrastructure investments are reviewed and their assessment and prioritisation within changing economic climates is studied.

  • Infrastructure Asset Management

This module provides an overview of the management of infrastructure assets both at individual as well as network/system level. It introduces the concepts, theory and methods for infrastructure asset management through a whole-life framework. It covers infrastructure policy, risk management and asset performance requirements with particular emphasis on deterioration modelling and maintenance requirements.

  • Infrastructure Systems, Interdependencies and Resilience

Infrastructure systems have become increasingly complex and interconnected which results in strong interdependencies between them. These systems may become fragile and subject to disruptions that can have significant consequences both in the local as well as national and global level. This module provides the background required for modelling the interconnected nature of infrastructure systems and understanding the different types of interdependencies that exist between them. It also gives an overview of the different risks that need to be considered for assessing the resilience of these systems and discusses the different options available for sustaining their continuous operation and preventing cascading failures.

  • Sustainability and Infrastructure

Infrastructure systems play a crucial role towards sustainable development as they serve the needs of the society. An understanding of the three dimensions of sustainability, economic, environmental and social, is vital towards the planning, design and operation of sustainable infrastructure systems. This module explores economic, environmental and social evaluative frameworks to understand the balance between these three dimensions towards the development of sustainable infrastructure projects. Particular focus is given to life cycle and environmental impact assessment tools as the means for determining the environmental impact from infrastructure systems and the link between the latter and climate change is highlighted.

Sample of optional (technical elective) modules (15 credits each)
  • Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
  • Steel and Composite Bridge Design
  • Long-Span Bridges
  • Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
  • Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
  • Project and Risk Management
  • Constructional Management and Law
  • Structural Safety and Reliability
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Wind Engineering
  • Wind Energy Technology
  • Subsea Engineering
  • Energy Geotechnics
  • Geotechnical Structures


You will be allocated a personal tutor throughout your studies at the University of Surrey, and your time here can either be full-time, part-time and some modules can be studied via distance learning through the use of an interactive web-based e-learning platform (SurreyLearn).

Teaching hours

Each module corresponds to a total of 150 hours of work, which includes approximately 30 hours of lectures in the case of contact students.


Modules are generally assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework. The latter will be in the form of case studies, reports on real-life infrastructure problems and essays on a number of suitable topics, in some cases supported by expert professionals from the industry and the government.

Each module is assessed separately. There is a written final examination for all modules at the end of each semester. The modules and the dissertation have a minimum pass mark of 50 per cent.

Academic support, facilities and equipment

Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of 20 full or part-time members of academic staff, as well as a number of visiting lecturers from the industry and government.

In addition to the University Library and Learning Centre’s extensive resources, our excellent testing facilities can support experimentally based MSc dissertation projects.

Modes of study

Apart from the usual full-time mode, there are also part-time options. The majority of Bridge, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering modules can be studied by distance learning through the use of an interactive web-based e-learning platform (SurreyLearn).

Distance learning

This programme can be studied via distance learning, which allows a high level of flexibility and enables you to study alongside other commitments you may have. Full information about our distance learning programme can be found in the following document: distance-learning-civil-engineering-2015.pdf

Professional recognition

These courses have been accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

MSc Infrastructure Engineering and Management (technical) (1 year FT, 2-5 year PT and DL)

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree for the 2014 intake. Further accreditation is subject to the inspection of 2014’s output. See for further information.

Further Learning Programme (for candidates with IEng approved HND/HNC/FdEng/FdSci)

This programme is approved as meeting the Further Learning requirements for an Incorporated Engineer for candidates who have an IEng approved first qualification. See for details of approved qualifications.

Institute of Highway Engineers
Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation
Institution of Civil Engineers
The Institution of Structural Engineers
European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes

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Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 60 months
  • Distance-learning: 60 months

Start date:

Sep 2016, Feb 2017

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 60 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering accredited to CEng (or a closely related subject), or a minimum of 70 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering accredited to IEng (or a closely related subject). Bearing in mind the extensive nature of infrastructure, closely related subjects may include transport engineers and analysts, offshore engineers, nuclear engineers and risk analysts. If you do not hold the required qualifications, you may still be eligible for the MSc if you have had five years’ experience in the infrastructure sector.

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English language requirements

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £8,000 £18,000
Part-time Sep 2016 £900* £2,000*
Distance-learning Sep 2016 £900* £2,000*
Full-time Feb 2017 £8,000 £18,000
Part-time Feb 2017 £900* £2,000*
Distance-learning Feb 2017 £900* £2,000*

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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