Published: 31 January 2021

A week in the life of an MSc Bridge Engineering student

Discover what a typical week looks like as an MSc Bridge Engineering student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Our well-established and fully accredited Bridge Engineering MSc is the only MSc programme in this area in Europe – and one of the few around the world. Running since the early 1970s, this programme provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in specialist aspects of bridge engineering.

You’ll learn through a combination of:

  • Keynote lectures from VIP speakers
  • Lectures from expert academics and invited speakers from industry
  • Live seminars
  • Online learning through detailed lecture notes
  • Potential site visit to a bridge site (circumstances permitting)
  • Tutorials

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework and project tasks, working on self-study questions and guided self-reading.

“Surrey is a centre of excellence in structural engineering, which is why my employer sent me here as part of my overseas training. Bridge engineering, in particular, is a specialised field. Surrey is one of the few universities in the world offering an MSc in this subject, and the standard of teaching and research is excellent.”

Vincent Yuan, Bridge Engineering MSc

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 will be taking four modules per semester, which is equivalent to approximately 12 contact hours each week.


Study day


10am-1pm – Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements – Lecture

3-5pm – Durability of Bridges and Structures – Lecture


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


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


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