Published: 14 February 2017

A week in the life of a postgraduate civil engineering student

MSc Bridge Engineering student Siddharth Dighe shares a typical week for him as a postgraduate student at Surrey.

Bridge engineering student Siddharth on a pier


The following timetable is a personal example - for the latest module information, visit the MSc Bridge Engineering programme page.



8am - Wake up. Say "good morning!”. Eat breakfast. Pack up my laptop.

8:45am - Leave for 9am lecture: Infrastructure Investment and Financing.

12pm - Latte at the Lakeside Cafe. Say hello to friends, chat about their weekends. Download lecture slides for the day.

1pm to 4pm – Durability of Bridges lecture.

4pm - Have some snacks.

4:30pm to 6pm – Sit in Library, Splash-level 3. Meet with other postgrads for projects discussion.

6pm - Head to room.

8pm – Cook dinner, eat, clean up.

9pm - Go through lecture notes.

11pm – Watch music videos, fall asleep.



7:30 am - Morning routine.

8:45am - Leave for 9pm lecture: Bridge Loading and Analysis.

12pm - Coffee at the Lakeside Cafe. Catch up on emails since no one else is around at that time. Download lecture slides for the day.

1pm to 4pm – Lecture: Prestressed Design of Bridge.

4pm – Have some snacks from Simply Fresh.

4:30pm to 6pm – Library.

6pm - Head for room.

8pm – Cook food, eat, clean up.

9pm - Watch a film.

12am - Collapse into bed.



10am - Wake up.

10:30am - Coffee and breakfast in Hillside

12pm – Attend ELSP session.

2pm – Have some lunch with friends in Wates house.

3pm - Head to library to revise lecture notes from Monday and Tuesday.

6pm - Break, coffee time!

8pm - Head to room, cook something, clean up.

10pm – Listen to some music, read novels.

11:30pm - Bed time.



8:30am - Morning routine, coffee, breakfast.

10am: - Meet Supervisor, discussion of thesis and procedure to carryout.

10:45am - Coffee at Lakeside.

11am - Meet with any lecturers or advisors as needed.

12pm to 1pm – Attend Guest lecture.

1pm - Grab a gluten free wrap and water at Simply Fresh.

1:30pm - Meet with other students for projects in a library group room.

3pm – Carry experimental tests regarding project in mechanical lab.

6pm - Enjoy a tea at friends place and chill for some time.

7pm - Put my headphones in and focus on studies.

9pm – Dinner time.

10pm – Spend some time with roommates before heading to bed.



Wake up late around 10pm, no lectures, feel relief!

11am - Breakfast and coffee.

12pm - Reading some journal papers, analysing tests results.

2pm - Good big lunch!

2:30pm - Have a small nap.

3:30pm - Start writing thesis.

6pm - Coffee break

8pm - Dinner in town with couple of friends.

10pm - Hit the club (rubix, Weatherspoon), enjoy few drinks and music!

12am - Make my way back to my room, sleep.



  • Plan for trips
  • Take walks, around campus or in town
  • Do some online research for project work
  • Do pending coursework
  • Launderette
  • Rest


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