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Highways and Transportation Engineering MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

EECT0024

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2019
May 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

You can advance your existing career in the transport industry or start one, by studying for a Highways and Transportation Engineering MSc.

Within the UK, Highways England has predicted five times more highway engineers will be needed to implement the Government’s confirmed road building programme over the next 10 years. Elsewhere in the world, there is similarly high demand for highways and transport infrastructure, especially in countries like China, India and the Middle East where infrastructure projects are growing at an exponential rate.

This exciting new course responds to the rapid growth and demand in the highways and transportation industry, both in the UK and overseas. Accreditation is currently being sought from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) to be approved as ‘further learning’ for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The outcome is expected in January 2018.

We offer facilities in our High-Performance Engineering Centre, including construction site management simulation. We also benefit from excellent industry links and the course is developed and delivered by academic lecturers and guest speakers in collaboration with civil engineering employers, such as Underground Professional Services and Morgan Sindall. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Accreditation is being sought for the course as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. The accreditation bodies are the following: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers. The outcome is expected in January 2018.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Course information

The course is designed to provide topical and industry-focused postgraduate education to enhance career opportunities in highways and transportation engineering.

From concept to construction, we will cover the technical skills required to analyse, design and develop sound solutions to highways and transportation projects. We aim to help you gain a critical understanding of traffic flow theory and traffic signal control, together relevant issues, such as the effects of transport on the environment, congestion, the movement of freight and the challenges of public transport. 

Using case studies, practical sessions, simulation labs and site visits to ‘live’ projects, students study how to apply engineering principles and use computer modelling techniques to analyse complex engineering systems, covering both links and junctions, as well as junction capacity analysis, gaining valuable experience of the work carried out in an industrial context. For example, in October 2016, the students were taken on a site visit to the A46/Broad Lane junction, Coventry and Walsgrave Road, Coventry. More site visits are planned for individual modules.

We cover the latest laboratory testing procedures and modern techniques used to assess material and structural performance. These include: lightweight concrete and heavy structural steel beam testing techniques using modern and upgraded loading equipment automated with data loggers; saturated and unsaturated stress path soil testing apparatus; and commercial civil engineering materials, mixing and synthesising equipment.

We will study the economics behind construction, examining the regulatory and legal framework within which the industry operates, health and safety in the construction workplace, as well as corporate management processes in the construction industry, such as procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts.

89%

High levels of postgraduate student satisfaction for ‘Civil Engineering’ subjects – 89%, above the sector average of 82%.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES (2016)

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Integrated Project
    • Safety Engineering
    • Professional Development - Consultancy: May and September intake
    • Transportation planning
  • Semester 2

    • Earthwork Engineering
    • Bridge Engineering
    • Traffic Engineering
    • Professional Development - Consultancy: January intake
  • Semester 3

    • Technical Project

In more detail...

  • Access to the Coventry University Simulation Centre.
  • In-depth modules covering a range of structural concepts to management and contract issues.
  • Expert visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnical Ltd.
  • Strong portfolio of research with 60% of ‘General Engineering’ research rated as 4* or 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014."
  • Access to specialist software to investigate realistic planning scenarios – two of the most well used types of modelling software for representing road transport networks.
  • High levels of postgraduate student satisfaction for ‘Civil Engineering’ subjects – 89%, above the sector average of 82% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Professional accreditation is being sought from the Joint Board of Moderators (JMB) on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). The outcome is expected in January 2018.

Course designed to satisfy the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status for holders of a CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree. Holders of an IEng accredited or overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. 

Our main study themes are:

  • Transportation planning: Develop knowledge and understanding of the main underlying fundamentals and principles of transportation planning. We examine different approaches to transport planning, transport sustainability, sustainable transport, transport economics and provide practical experience of working with tools, data and research findings so that you learn to take a transport related problem and propose appropriate solutions. 

  • Geometric and pavement design: Provides a critical understanding of highways and transport, covering all the necessary pavement foundation material needed for practitioners in the industry. We cover central topics, such as: geometric alignment of roads and highway intersections; design of links and junctions; junction capacity analysis; design of different types of pavements; performance, evaluation and maintenance of highway pavements; while ensuring a sound understanding of theoretical concepts such as traffic analysis and economic appraisal.

  • Safety engineering: Develops a practical understanding of safety engineering, which will include an assignment of crash trends. You should gain background knowledge as to how the discipline of safety engineering arose and the techniques used to identify whether intervention is necessary. Reference will be made to Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015, non-motorised users and road restraint systems.

  • Traffic engineering: Develops understanding of traffic flow to inform operational analysis and design of key features of the road transport system, particularly the design of the various types of road junction. You should develop knowledge of traffic assignment and simulation modelling, using specialist software. 

  • Earthwork engineering: Covers the principles and theories behind earthwork design, construction and performance in the context of transport engineering. You should develop the analytical, decision making and critical powers required to solve complex geotechnical problems, along with the transferrable skills to enable a leading career in transport engineering. 

  • Professional Development: We will help students develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between strategic management, leadership and leadership styles and principles that support organisational ethical and value-based approaches to leadership.

  • Bridge engineering: Develop knowledge and understanding of motorway bridge design and management. We emphasise design and execution for durability as an integrated concept, which links deck design with other bridge components, such as bearings, parapet and drainage system for inspection, corrosion protection and economical fabrication/erection. The design of medium span composite decks is also covered in more detail.

The course can be studied on a one-year full-time basis or over two years part-time. Tuition is conducted in one-week intensive blocks, with three weeks' gap in between blocks for individual research and study. This is followed by an integrated project and individual research project. For part-time students, the blocks are spread over two years rather than one. 

You will also be given training in research methods to prepare you for the Integrated Project and individual Research Project.

For full-time students, the Integrated Project is normally team-based and investigates a real engineering problem. In the past, students on similar courses have revaluated the £55-60 million projects at the Coventry A45/A46 By-pass and the I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark. For part-time students, the project is chosen to specifically link their work with their studies. 

Partners such as Underground Professional Services, currently involved in HS2 rail projects, often suggest research topics for our MSc students. For example, one such project centres on the method of monitoring strength gain in sprayed concrete at the tunnel’s crown, comparing thermal imaging (SMUTI) and penetrometer methods. 

Fieldtrips and industry visits are organised in conjunction with our industry partners: you will attend Midlands Structural Engineers and Geotechnical Engineers workshops, visit constructions sites, such the Coventry A45/A46 by-pass, and design offices. You will also be invited to special visiting researcher seminars and talks. There is no extra cost or application involved.

Teaching includes lectures, tutorials, practical work, laboratory exercises and computer sessions.

Assessment includes examinations, written tests, computer modelling work, your thesis and coursework, consisting of analysis and evaluation of laboratory exercises, case study assignments and projects. Achievement of learning outcomes in most taught modules is assessed either by coursework assignments, examinations or a combination of the two. Depending of the module and the semester in which it is studied, the exams will take place either in January, May or August. Coursework assessment takes the form a portfolio of work, preparation of a technical report, or a research investigation. 

Typical assessment combinations are:

  • 100% coursework,
  • 100% exam,
  • 50% coursework and 50% exam.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The regulatory and legal framework within which the highways and transportation sector highways and transportation sector operates.
  • Procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts.
  • Safety and health in the construction workplace.
  • The relationship between strategic management, leadership and leadership styles and principles that support organisational ethical and value-based approaches to leadership.
  • The principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.
  • The principles of highway alignment and geometric design.
  • The basics of transport economics and their application in transport pricing and investment decisions.
  • Transport sustainability and sustainable transport.
  • Analysing and presenting transport data.
  • The key principles of traffic microsimulation modelling and planning.
  • Evaluating the stability and performance of earthwork systems from numerical and analytical methods.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Analyse, interpret and present information including appropriate use of information technology. 
  • Analyse and solve civil engineering problems of an advanced technical and managerial nature, with sound judgement.
  • Apply research methodologies.
  • Use microsimulation software to model and represent the impacts of realistic planning proposals and crash sites.
  • Apply and use of structural analysis and design simulation tools to solve complex engineering problems.
  • Plan and carry out laboratory exercises for the testing of materials and soils.
  • Develop practical and theoretical skills coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 35 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 14 hours of tutorials and 7 hours of laboratory sessions each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 14 hours of seminars or workshops.
  • Large group teaching: 14 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake self-directed study, preparing assignments or revision. The number of hours required for self-directed study depends on module content, typically it varies between 85 hours to 115 hours for a typical 15-credits module.

As part of the Professional Development module, you will develop knowledge and understanding of international, cultural and ethical issues, coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership. We will also draw on best practice transport projects from around the world.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a 2.2 honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of a CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.
Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with an engineering degree and substantial industrial experience in construction will considered, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

Applicants are normally expected to hold a 2.2 honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of a CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.
Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with an engineering degree and substantial industrial experience in construction will considered, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants are normally expected to hold a 2.2 honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of a CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.
Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with an engineering degree and substantial industrial experience in construction will considered, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2019

£15,050 (per year)


May 2019

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The lack of highly skilled highways engineers – particularly at a management level – has been identified by Highways England as one of its biggest concerns in coming years.

The UK construction industry needs an additional 1,270 civil engineers (including highways engineers) to meet demand every year from now until 2019, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). Career prospects are excellent with average salaries are in the region of £19,000 to £28,000.

As a highway engineer, there may be opportunities to be involved in a vast range of transportation projects from minor local proposals improving existing road networks, for example, to complex high profile major developments building new road systems, like the current M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme, that will be used for many years to come. You may often be part of a multidisciplinary team, including architects, planners, air quality and noise consultants, structural engineers and quantity surveyors, to name but a few.

The vocational nature of this programme provides a sound basis for a wide range of skills and career opportunities in the construction industry or wider civil engineering sector, one of the largest employers in the UK and demand is strong for civil engineering graduates.

The course will help keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry innovations through opportunities to visit facilities and hear from leading industry figures. These visits are a great way to interact with potential employers and recently have included I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark.

As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates on similar courses within civil engineering have gone on to work as Graduate Engineers in Consultancy, Design or Contractor jobs for companies such as Hyder, Aecom, Morgan Sindall.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.