Transport Infrastructure: Design and Construction MSc (Eng)

Year of entry

Masters Study and Funding online event

Watch on demand to receive expert advice on how to fund your Masters and invest in your future. Book your place

Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in civil engineering or a related engineering, science or mathematical discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component
UK fees
£13,000 (total)
International fees
£28,000 (total)

Course overview

Concrete mixers in casting lab

Transport is one of the largest industries in the world, facilitating the movement of everything from people to food, fuel and other essential/non-essential goods we now rely on in society. Without a cohesive transport infrastructure, economies would collapse, which means the demand for qualified specialists who have the acumen in this field is at an all-time high.

Studying our Transport Infrastructure: Design and Construction MSc will give you a holistic view of the design, construction and maintenance of land transport infrastructure, regarded by the construction industry as a key asset in the engineers they need to recruit.

You’ll develop a sophisticated understanding of techniques at the forefront of transport infrastructure, whilst exploring the latest technological developments, advanced materials and what the future holds for monitoring and repairing infrastructure.

The specialist knowledge and extensive skill set you’ll build throughout the course will give you the expertise sought after by key employers in industry, with career opportunities spanning from project managing and planning to engineering and design.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Learn the latest innovations in relevant areas like transport investment, railway track design and infrastructure resilience from the impactful, world-leading research conducted right here in our School which feeds directly into the course.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas sought after in industry such as transport infrastructure strategy, bridge engineering, construction technology and railway track infrastructure design.
  • Tailor the course to suit your interests with our selection of optional modules that’ll expand your knowledge into different areas like geotechnical engineering and concrete design.
  • Conduct your own individual research project as part of your course and gain industry experience in researching and delivering a project that focuses on a real-world problem and explores your specific interests and career ambitions.
  • Access specialist facilities including a design studio and laboratory space for structures, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics.
  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team with a wealth of expertise and industrial experience across many relevant areas and who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research as part of the Materials and Structures research group.
  • Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Committee and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Join our online taster course

This two-week course offers a great taste of studying 21st-century transportation challenges at a postgraduate level. Join today on FutureLearn.

Course details

You’ll study a set of core and optional modules that give you a firm foundation in understanding the concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the design, construction, and operations of land transport infrastructure engineering.

Learn how bridges, highways and tunnels are designed, built and maintained through modules that look at construction technology, interactions between construction and design, latest developments in structural health monitoring, bridge, road and highway engineering.

You’ll also be trained in techniques at the forefront of design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure and acquire specialist knowledge on the latest technological developments such as accelerated bridge construction, advanced materials like ultra-high performance concrete, and the possibilities of cutting-edge sensing techniques and robotics for the monitoring and repair of infrastructure.

With an emphasis on the construction and maintenance stages and the ‘how-is-it-made’ approach, different construction processes and techniques will be explored in detail, and used as a platform to investigate how they affect (and are affected by) the design process, the selection of alternatives and the implications for the entire service life.

You’ll also gain an understanding of the framework of relevant requirements governing engineering activities such as personnel, health, safety and awareness of risk issues.

Project work

Over the summer months, you’ll work with your supervisor to complete your independent research project which is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It’s a chance for you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained, focusing on a real-world problem that explores your specific interests and/or relates to your career ambitions. 

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Transport Infrastructure: Design and Construction MSc (Eng) Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Transport Infrastructure: Design and Construction MSc (Eng) Part Time in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
MSc Dissertation 60
Transport Infrastructure Strategy 15
Bridge Engineering 15
Construction Technology 15
Monitoring and Maintenance of Infrastructure 15
Railway Track Infrastructure Design 15
Deterioration and Maintenance of Concrete Structures (MSc) 15
Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements 15

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Geotechnical Engineering (MSc) 15
Advanced Concrete Design (MSc) 15
Foundation Engineering (MSc) 15
Road Geometry and Infrastructure 15

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Transport Infrastructure: Design and Construction module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll be taught by staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with the team through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

You’ll also have access to all relevant specialist software required for your studies.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Specialist facilities

You’ll have access to our teaching facilities, which include laboratories, a design studio and teaching spaces, supplemented by extensive computing equipment, and specialist facilities, including laboratory space for structures, materials, public health engineering, building services and geotechnics, provide a creative and stimulating learning environment.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.

Programme team

The Programme Leader, Dr Emilio Garcia-Taengua, is an Associate Professor in Structures. His research interests cover a wide variety of topics in the field of concrete science and technology, including self-compacting and fibre-reinforced concretes, rheology of cement-based materials, sustainability and recycled aggregates.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in civil engineering or a related engineering, science or mathematical discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied. Applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates will also be considered.

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 will be considered for candidates with at least one year’s relevant experience.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

Application deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

30 July 2023 - international applicants

10 September 2023 - UK applicants

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Civil Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Civil Engineering  (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Admissions Policy 2025

This course is taught by

School of Civil Engineering

Contact us

Postgraduate Admissions Team



UK: £13,000 (total)

International: £28,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Transport is integral to society — and therefore the demand for specialists in this industry will always be high. The extensive knowledge and relevant skill set you’ll learn in the design, construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure on this course will open the door to an exciting array of career options when you graduate.

From design to engineering, consultancy to project management — companies will need the expertise you’ll have to keep the transport sector functioning effectively.

Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.

Careers support

At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.

  • Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles. 
  • MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
  • Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
  • Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.

Find out more about career support.

Student profile: Viktor Rőthi

I definitely recommend the course to anyone who is looking to broaden their technical knowledge in the fields that the programme covers or working towards chartership.
Find out more about Viktor Rőthi's time at Leeds