Published: 31 January 2021

A week in the life of an MSc Civil Engineering student

From lectures with acclaimed experts to laboratory-based practicals, discover what a typical week looks like as an MSc Civil Engineering student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Our well-established and fully accredited Civil Engineering MSc will equip you with exceptional analytical and technical skills across a range of industry-related disciplines.

Fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, our MSc puts emphasis on sustainability and resilience-based infrastructure design and assessment.

You’ll learn through a combination of:

  • Group work

  • Laboratory-based practicals

  • Lectures

  • Online learning

  • Seminars

  • Tutorials

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study and learning, including working on your courseworks, essays and reading.

We’ve also introduced hybrid learning, a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A typical week

You'll receive approximately 31 contact hours each week.


10am-12pm – Applied Chemistry and Microbiology – Lab Workshop

1-3pm – Spatial Structures – Lecture

3-6pm – Water Treatment – Lecture


10am-12pm – Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements – Lecture

1-3pm – Spatial Structures – Lecture

3-6pm – Waste Water Treatment and Sewerage – Lecture


9am-12pm – Steel Building Design – Lecture

Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting and other University society activities.


9am-12pm – Pre-Stressed Steel Bridge Design – Lecture

1-3pm – Advanced Soil Mechanics – Lecture

3-6pm – Infrastructure Investment and Financing – Lecture


9am-12pm – Construction Management, Administration and Law – Lecture

3-6pm – Energy Geotechnics – Lecture

Find out more about postgraduate study in our Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Disclaimer: The timetable and modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication and may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. Given the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, our hybrid learning model is under continuous review. See the latest information on all changes.

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