Taught course

Highway Engineering Management

University of Brighton · School of Environment and Technology

Entry requirements

Degree and experience: Second class honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent from a relevant subject such as Civil Engineering BEng. Candidates are required to provide two references, including one from their current employer indicating agreement and support for the candidate to undertake this course. Candidates with other qualifications, and appropriate industrial experience, will be assessed on an individual basis. In place of an academic qualification, candidates able to demonstrate at least five years' full-time (or equivalent part-time), relevant professional experience in the highways construction industry and a reference from the employer indicating that they are equipped for intensive study at postgraduate level can apply. Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate advanced study skills, good communication skills and strong intellectual abilities throughout the application process. Candidates who do not meet the full entry requirements can be registered for the PGCert or PGDip course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Highway Engineering Management MSc develops competent and innovative highway engineers by focusing on management aspects of the industry and enabling students to lead design, construction and management of sustainable highways for the future.

Highways form a critical infrastructure for society, supporting the country's economy through the quick and efficient transport of people and goods. This infrastructure is developed within a complex engineering system governed by a specific set of legislative requirements. The highway is maintained and operated within a highly political environment through central government, and particularly by local highway authorities. Such an asset is often managed and maintained through complex contract arrangements, requiring key skills in leading, managing and developing services through partnership between the public and private sectors.

As part of a national initiative through the Department for Transport-sponsored Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP), it has been recognised that skills within the highways sector could be enhanced. In parallel, a group of local authorities formed under the banner of the South-East 7 (SE7) to consider how they can best work together to improve and enhance assets to directly benefit the public, through highway engineering and management. Through these two initiatives, and in partnership with their suppliers and the University of Brighton, the SE7 has developed a postgraduate course in Highway Engineering Management.

To be eligible for this course, candidates must work for a local highway authority or a private sector highway contractor on a part or full-time basis in the UK and have permission/support from their host organisation.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Muhammed Imran Rafiq