Transport Infrastructure: Design and Construction MSc (Eng)

You will study 180 credits in total during your Transport Infrastructure: Design and Construction MSc (Eng). A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. If you are starting in September 2020, these will give you are flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Bridge Engineering - 15 credits

Covers conceptual design, bridge deck loading and analysis, types of substructures and foundations, prestressed concrete bridges, steel and composite steel-concrete bridges, footbridges and cable supported bridges, and design for durability.

Construction Technology - 15 credits

Different construction processes and techniques will be explored in detailed, and used as a platform to investigate how they affect (and are affected by) the design process, the selection of alternatives and the implications for the entire service life. It covers: preparatory works, earthworks, excavation, concreting, fabrication and erection, quality control, health and safety, and building information modelling (bim).

Transport Infrastructure Strategy - 15 credits

This module provides a holistic and systematic approach to the design of transport infrastructure focusing on the alignment and resulting geotechnical structures.  It is assessed as an integrated project using team work to produce a viable, sustainable and resilient solution.

Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements - 15 credits 

This is a module which is delivered largely by practising engineers. Includes the design of pavements, pavement materials, highway management, forms of deterioration and associated investigative techniques, repair and maintenance and strengthening of pavements.

Monitoring and Maintenance of Infrastructure - 15 credits

Covers the latest technological developments in sensing, monitoring and repair, including the possibilities of cutting-edge sensing techniques and robotics for the monitoring and repair of infrastructure.

Deterioration and Maintenance of Concrete Structures - 15 credits

Covers the different forms of deterioration to which concrete structures are vulnerable, the techniques needed to identify and assess deterioration problems, and the measures that can be used to combat them.

Railway Track Infrastructure Design - 15 credits

This module provides the key knowledge and understanding needed to design railway track structures and their alignment.

Transport Infrastructure Dissertation - 60 credits

Provides an opportunity to undertake research or detailed design projects in any of the areas covered in this programme. Each student will be given relative flexibility to choose their preferred supervisors and areas of interest. Dual supervision, including co-supervisors from industry, will be encouraged especially in the case of students that wish to align their msc projects with aspects of relevance to their jobs and employers.


Foundation Engineering - 15 credits

All structures are built on, in or with ground. This module provides an understanding of the behaviour of soils to cover the range of foundations available for structures. It focuses on the design and construction of shallow and deep foundations.

Geotechnical Engineering - 15 credits

Geotechnical engineering is about ground processes and geotechnical structures including tunnels, pipes, retaining walls, embankments and roads.  It covers design and construction using case studies to highlight the issues of dealing with uncertainty.

Advanced Concrete Design - 15 credits

Covers alternative methods of design for reinforced concrete slabs and design guidance used in current codes of practice for the design of slender columns, deflection and the restraint to movement.

Road Geometry and Infrastructure - 15 credits

Provides the advanced understanding and practical skills needed to design safe and efficient highways, links and junctions. It also covers their interaction with traffic signal control and the behaviour of traffic in response to those.

Design and Management of Structures in Earthquake Zones - 15 credits

Covers the fundamentals of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, including finite elements in applied dynamics, application of engineering dynamics in practical engineering situations, evaluation criteria for earthquake-damaged structures and current retrofitting methods. Delivery is linked to the 3x3m six degrees of freedom shaking table.

The full list of module information can be read in the course catalogue.