Road Management and Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Postgraduate degree programme Road Management and Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma:

The Road Management and Engineering programme is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge of management procedures for the planning, appraisal, design, construction and maintenance of road networks. 

The programme is relevant to conditions found in both developed and developing countries and are suitable for road engineers and civil engineering graduates who want to pursue a career in road management.

Leading to:

  • Master of Science degree, MSc (12 months - full time)
  • Diploma (8 months)
  • PG Certificates for selected intensive courses from the Masters programme 

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“Holding a full-time job and studying in my free time was never easy because it required a lot of sacrifices and strategic planning which often led to very difficult trade-offs. Nonetheless, when I factor in the fun I had on the course, the great people I met and the wealth of knowledge I learnt, the benefits were priceless in the long run! ”

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.

Programme content

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

Interested? Further details can be obtained from the admissions team:

Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 5089 / 5050

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Why study this course

Our Vision

To continue to uphold the University's international recognition as the premier university group specialising in road management and engineering.
To contribute to the betterment of road management by

  • originating innovative research
  • transferring research knowledge to practice
  • responding effectively to the road industry needs
  • educating and training future middle and senior road managers and engineers


Core Modules  
Road Asset Management 20
Individual Project 60
Pavement Engineering 20
Sustainable Transport Policy 20
Road Design 20
Road Economics and Financing 20
Core Skills 10
Choose one of the following
Road Safety (option) 10
Rural  Roads (option) 10

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for home/EU students (2016/2017)

 Full-time fees
Postgraduate Masters £7,650
Postgraduate Diploma £4,800
Postgraduate Certificate        £2,400

Part-time programmes: Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees. 

Tuition fees for international students (2016/2017)

  • International student tuition fees are set at £18,900.

For further information please view the fees for international students page.
Part-time programmes: UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.

Further funding information

Standard fees apply 
Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 
Paviors Award - The Worshipful Company of Paviors, London, provide support for British students.

Overseas candidates may contact organisations such as the British Council, the Department for International Development (UK), World Bank, UNDP, Association of Commonwealth Universities and International Road Federation (IRF) for assistance with funding. This Programme is approved for postgraduate training by these organisations.

For further information contact the School directly or email

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is a good Honours degree in an appropriate discipline (for example, Engineering, Sciences, Geology, Geography or Mathematics) and evidence of adequate knowledge of English. However, practical experience may also be taken into account.

Learn more about entry requirements.

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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The primary teaching interest is to provide postgraduate taught programmes (MSc, Diploma and Certificate) for both practising road engineers and Civil Engineering graduates that want to pursue a career in road management.

The programmes are designed to provide current knowledge in management procedures for the planning, appraisal, design, construction and maintenance of road networks. The programmes will be relevant to conditions found in both the developed and the developing countries. A key feature of the programmes delivery is flexibility that allows primarily UK-based practicing road engineers to attend the programmes on a part-time basis.

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Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Professional accreditation

The MSc Road Management and Engineering course has been approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Chartered Institute of Building.

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See for further information. Individual enquiries should be referred to the CIOB.