Published: 30 September 2022

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:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials and seminars
  • Practical workshops
  • Keynote talks from VIP industry professionals
  • Online captured content and lecture notes
  • Digital study tools
  • Potential site visit to a bridge site (circumstances permitting).

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

A typical week

You will be taking four modules per semester (if studying full-time), which is equivalent to approximately 8-10 contact hours each week.


  • 10am-12pm: Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements – Seminar


  • 10am-12pm: Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design – Tutorial


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


  • 9am-11am: Durability of Bridges and Structures – Lecture


  • 12pm-2pm: Infrastructure Systems, Interdependencies and Resilience – Seminar 


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. 

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