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 practical's
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study and learning, including working on your course work, 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 - 12 noon: Applied Chemistry and Microbiology – Lab Workshop
  • 1pm - 3pm: Spatial Structures – Lecture
  • 3pm - 6pm: Water Treatment – Lecture


  • 10am -12 noon: Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements – Lecture
  • 1pm - 3pm: Spatial Structures – Lecture
  • 3pm - 6pm: Waste Water Treatment and Sewerage – Lecture


  • 9am - 12 noon – Steel Building Design – Lecture

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


  • 9am - 12 noon: Pre-Stressed Steel Bridge Design – Lecture
  • 1pm - 3pm: Advanced Soil Mechanics – Lecture
  • 3pm - 6pm: Infrastructure Investment and Financing – Lecture


  • 9am - 12 noon: Construction Management, Administration and Law – Lecture
  • 3pm - 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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