Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc

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Why Surrey?

Few universities offer MSc Infrastructure programmes, so we have created a Masters programme that will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to support the continuing growth and prosperity of the UK through the National Infrastructure Plan.

This fully accredited programme draws on our many years of experience in delivering advanced programmes in structures and bridges. It is delivered by university academics with a keen interest and track record in infrastructure issues together with industry and government professionals.

Programme overview

This course covers the planning, design, analysis and management frameworks of infrastructure systems. In particular, you will develop expertise in the:

  • Technical aspects of infrastructure engineering within a social, economic, environmental and political context
  • Factors that affect and drive infrastructure planning and funding
  • Interdependent nature of infrastructure across different sectors

You will qualify with a sound understanding of the whole life-cycle of infrastructure assets, the environmental impact of infrastructure projects, and formal asset-management techniques enabling you to maximise the benefits of infrastructure assets in the future.

The lectures given by our academic staff are complemented by visiting speakers from different infrastructure companies such as Network Rail, Thames Water, Environment Agency, Transport for London, ARUP, KPMG, etc., covering different aspect of infrastructure engineering and management. During the academic year, infrastructure specialists carry out Keynote Lectures focusing on important infrastructure projects and approaches. Past Keynote Speakers include Sir John Armitt, Sir Terry Morgan, Sir Michael Pitt, Sir David Higgins, Keith Clarke, James Stewart, Andrew Wolstenholme, Michele Dix, Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson. A number of field visits are also organised to provide an overview of real-life infrastructure operation and management. Past field visits have taken place to both the National Grid and Network Rail Control Centers.

Graduates from the programme are highly employable but have the potential to progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time or distance learning for between two to five academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Infrastructure Engineering and Management Group Modules

Structural Engineering Group Modules

Bridge Engineering Group Modules

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules

Construction Management Group Modules

Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules

Wind Energy Group Modules


Modes of study 

Apart from the usual full-time mode, there are also part-time options. The majority of Bridge, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering modules can be studied by distance learning through the use of an interactive web-based e-learning platform (SurreyLearn).

Distance learning

This programme can be studied via distance learning, which allows a high level of flexibility and enables you to study alongside other commitments you may have. Get full information about our distance learning programme (PDF).

Academic support, facilities and equipment

Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of 20 full or part-time members of academic staff, as well as a number of visiting lecturers from the industry and government.

In addition to the University Library and Learning Centre’s extensive resources, our excellent testing facilities can support experimentally based MSc dissertation projects. 

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to provide graduates with:

  • The state-of-the-art of infrastructure engineering and management that is required for the realisation of the complex delivery of new and management and of existing infrastructure.
  • A holistic overview of infrastructure as a system of systems, viewed within the social, economic and environmental context, and the drivers for sustainable infrastructure development and change.
  • A knowledge of the fundamental multi-disciplinary frameworks that can be adopted for the planning, design, management and operation of interconnected infrastructure systems.
  • A specialisation in an infrastructure area of their choice (i.e. bridge, building, geotechnical, water, wind) providing them with detailed background for the analysis and solution of specific problems associated with individual infrastructure components.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Students will gain:

  • A knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects associated with the planning, design and management of complex infrastructure systems viewed within the social, economic, environmental and political context
  • A recognition of the different types of funding available for infrastructure development and the key determinants for infrastructure investment
  • The ability to interpret the interdependent nature of infrastructure as a system of systems
  • The ability to appraise the resilience of infrastructure systems within and across different sectors against different types of hazards/risks
  • The ability to evaluate the whole life value of infrastructure assets, both on a capital and operational basis
  • The ability to assess the environmental impacts of infrastructure projects
  • The ability to apply to apply formal asset management techniques for maximising life and benefit from infrastructure assets in the long-term
  • Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development related to infrastructure as a whole
  • The knowledge and understanding to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete
  • Demonstrate specialised knowledge on a specific infrastructure sector in terms of planning, analysis, design and/or management of individual infrastructure components
  • Appreciate the role of individual infrastructure components within the context of wider interconnected infrastructural systems
  • A critical awareness of new developments in the field of infrastructure engineering and management

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Stdents will gain the ability to:

  • Analyse and solve problems familiar or otherwise which have uncertain or incomplete data
  • Effectively and efficiently make decisions in an environment of conflicting interests
  • Think strategically
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate the work of others
  • Apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
  • Carry out an independent research investigation

Professional practical skills

The programme gives students the ability to:

  • Examine and propose different solutions to a range of scenarios
  • Use concepts and theories to make engineering judgments in the absence of complete data
  • Use computer software to assist towards infrastructure assessment and analysis
  • Produce a research report
  • Carry out technical oral presentations

Key / transferable skills

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate concepts, analysis and data in a clear and effective manner
  • Collect and analyse research data
  • Manage and plan time and resources

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £9,500 £19,000
Part-time Sep 2017 £1,100* £2,200*
Distance-learning Sep 2017 £1,100* £2,200*
Full-time Feb 2018 £9,500 £19,000
Part-time Feb 2018 £1,100* £2,200*
Distance-learning Feb 2018 £1,100* £2,200*

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months Sep 2017
MSc Part-time 60 months Sep 2017
MSc Distance-learning 60 months Sep 2017
MSc Full-time 12 months Feb 2018
MSc Part-time 60 months Feb 2018
MSc Distance-learning 60 months Feb 2018

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 60 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering accredited to CEng with a minimum of 60 per cent in or a closely related subject with a minimum of 60 per cent in management related subjects. Alternatively a minimum of 70 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering accredited to IEng, plus approval from the relevant institution. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome.

Bearing in mind the extensive nature of infrastructure, closely related subjects may include transport engineers and analysts, offshore engineers, nuclear engineers and risk analysts.

If you do not hold the required qualifications, you may still be eligible for the MSc if you have had five years’ experience in the infrastructure sector.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.


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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences

These university-funded scholarships are worth £2,000 - £4,000 for 2017 entry onto the MSc programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences departments.

Offer holders for these programmes who are overseas feepayers and achieve either a 2:1 or a 1st class honours degree, or equivalent, are eligible. Those paying UK/EU fees are not eligible.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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