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:
- 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.
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
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
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.