Road Management and Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma

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, 24-36 months part-time)
  • Diploma (10 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time)

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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! ”

The course has been devised to meet the demands of both the UK and overseas road industry. It offers advanced training to engineers aspiring to higher or middles management in public and private sector road management.

Management-focused modules complement the range of subjects taught in the engineering oriented modules and include state-of-the-art principles and practices associated with road asset management, economics and financing, HDM-4 (the World Bank’s de facto standard for road investment appraisal) and planning.

  • Modules are delivered via a variety of lectures, tutorials, team exercises, projects and site visits.
  • Those taking the MSc 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.

Hear from course convenor Dr Michael Burrow:

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 syllabus includes:

  • Road asset management 
  • Road economics and financing
  • Pavement engineering
  • Sustainable road transport
  • Road design 
  • Road safety
  • Rural roads

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.

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

Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 5089

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Why study this course

The programme is taught by experts in their field with a wealth of international experience using modern teaching methods which mix traditional lectures, tutorials, small group activities, e-learning resources, projects, computer based activities and field work to foster learning.

These are complimented by site visits and a series of lectures delivered by distinguished guest speakers from industry
on pertinent and current topics. 


This course consists of 180 credits. This comprises a 60-credit individual research project plus 120 credits in taught learning. Each module is delivered over two intensive weeks.

Road Asset Management 20
Pavement Engineering 20
Sustainable Transport Policy 20
Road Design and Planning 20
Road Economics and Financing 20
Road Safety  10
Rural  Roads 10
Individual Project 60

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

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Fees and funding

Annual Tuition fees 2018/19

UK/EU students

  • MSc full-time: £9,270
  • MSc part-time: £4,635
  • Postgraduate Diploma full-time: £6,180
  • Postgraduate Diploma part-time: £3,090
  • Postgraduate Certificate part-time: £3,090

International students

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, Engineering, Sciences, Geology, Geography or Mathematics). Practical experience may also be considered. 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

International students requiring visas

Monday 2 July 2018 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2018 made after this date; a new application should be made for September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2019 entry by 21 September 2018.

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Making your application

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.

Graduates are held in high regard and many of today’s senior executives in road authorities throughout the world are
graduates of the programme. Our excellent links with industry ensure that the vast majority of graduates find rewarding
employment and amongst our recent graduates are those who have joined the World Bank, government road agencies,
local authorities, international arms of consulting engineers, niche asset management specialists and road contractors as well as those who have gone on to PhD study.

Your MSc counts towards achieving Chartered Engineer accreditation.

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Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

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.