The basic requirement is a good Honours degree in an appropriate discipline (for example, Engineering, Sciences, Geography or Mathematics), and evidence of adequate knowledge of the English language. However, the entrance qualifications vary, as practical experience may be an important consideration.
Months of entry
This programme in its current form is a natural progression from our previous programmes in highway engineering, management and traffic engineering that have gained an international reputation over the past 25 years. Its purpose is to provide advanced training for engineers aspiring to higher or middle-management positions in either private or public sector road engineering organisations. The course attracts participants from all over the world including practicing engineers who wish to gain knowledge of the state of the art in road management or change career paths as well as recent graduates who want to pursue a career in road management.
The taught part of the programme consists of 6 individually assessed modules of 20 credits each, each run over two intensive weeks. Engineering oriented modules cover the principles of road design, safety, materials, and the structural design of road pavements. Management focused modules complement the range of subjects taught in the engineering oriented modules and include the environment, sustainable transport, road asset management, road financing and economics.
Modules are delivered via a variety of lectures, tutorials, team exercises, projects and site visits.
Those taking the MSc RME progamme undertake a research project which accounts for 60 credits (one third of the overall programme).
An important feature is flexibility of delivery, allowing primarily UK-based practising road engineers to attend on a part-time basis.
The programme consists of taught modules and a research project. Student development is through a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits and major and minor projects. Student-centred, computer-based and flexible learning are important elements. Coursework and oral presentations are required for many projects.
The programme is also designed with part-time students in mind, and is formulated specifically to facilitate the career development of individuals working in the roads sector and meet the demands of both the UK and overseas road industry. Part-time students take the same modules as full-time students, but can opt to take the programme over a two or three-year period. To facilitate this, each module is delivered two separate one-week blocks over the course of a semester.
The syllabus includes:
- Financial management
- Research and communication skills
- Sustainable road transport
- Road design
- Road safety
- Road asset management
- Road economics
- Pavement engineering
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Information for international students
International students can find further details of scholarships at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/scholarships