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.
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.
Why choose this course?
The course aims to cover the advanced technical knowledge and analytical, problem solving and decision making skills to design, build and maintain transportation infrastructures. Our students will potentially play a future vital role enabling the safe, efficient movement of people, livestock, products, equipment and materials, keeping the wheels of modern society turning.
Coventry has close relationships with employers, many of whom like Hyder, Arup, MottMacold and Geotechnical Ltd, provide direct input into course development as members of our Civil Engineering and Building Advisory Boards. Whether you are interested in starting a career in the transportation industry, or are already an experienced highways or transport professional keen to enhance your skills, our innovative Master’s and links with Highways England will help you stay abreast of the latest technologies, trends and challenges in this dynamic environment.
You’ll have access to our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features our High-Performance Engineering Centre with its specialist laboratories for soils, highways and materials. You’ll get to use industry-standard software, such as MIDAS, Plaxis and ANSYSS, which are widely used by design and consulting engineers.
Many of our members of staff have professional experience in the civil engineering and construction industries, having worked for companies such as Carillion, Hyder and Laing O’Rourke as principal, senior and management engineers. We also have a strong portfolio of industry-related research, ranging from applied technology such instrumentation and measuring to pure innovative research. As part of your research project, you have the opportunity to work on a research topic aligned with your supervisor and make a contribution to the School’s research agenda by publishing papers and attending research seminars.
International experience opportunities
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.
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.