Published: 27 September 2022

A week in the life of an MSc Civil Engineering student

From face-to-face sessions with acclaimed experts and laboratory-based practicals to the use of online digital tools and captured learning material, 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:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials and seminars
  • Practical workshops and laboratory sessions
  • Keynote talks from VIP industry professionals
  • Online captured content and lecture notes
  • Digital study tools.

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

Each week will typically have 8-10 contact hours, which can be a combination of any of the sessions shown below, depending on your module choices each semester.


  • 10am-12pm: Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements – Seminar
  • 3pm-6pm: Water Treatment – Lecture


  • 10am-12pm: Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design – Tutorial
  • 3pm-4pm: Wastewater Treatment – Lecture
  • 4pm-5pm: Wastewater Treatment – Tutorial


  • 9am-11am: Steel Building Design – Seminar

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


  • 9am-11am: Durability of Bridges and Structures – Lecture
  • 1pm-3pm: Infrastructure Financing – Seminar
  • 3pm-5pm: Advanced Soil Mechanics – Seminar


  • 12pm-2pm: Infrastructure Systems, Interdependencies and Resilience – Seminar
  • 2pm-4pm: Energy Geotechnics – 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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