Coventry University: Highways and Transportation Engineering

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering
Study type Taught


The course aims to cover the advanced technical knowledge and analytical, problem solving and decision making skills to design, build and maintain transportation infrastructures. Our students will potentially play a future vital role enabling the safe, efficient movement of people, livestock, products, equipment and materials, keeping the wheels of modern society turning.

Coventry has close relationships with employers, many of whom like Hyder, Arup, MottMacold and Geotechnical Ltd, provide direct input into course development as members of our Civil Engineering and Building Advisory Boards. Whether you are interested in starting a career in the transportation industry, or are already an experienced highways or transport professional keen to enhance your skills, our innovative Master’s and links with Highways England will help you stay abreast of the latest technologies, trends and challenges in this dynamic environment.

You’ll have access to our £50m Engineering and Computing building, which features our High-Performance Engineering Centre with its specialist laboratories for soils, highways and materials. You’ll get to use industry-standard software, such as MIDAS, Plaxis and ANSYSS, which are widely used by design and consulting engineers.

Many of our members of staff have professional experience in the civil engineering and construction industries, having worked for companies such as Carillion, Hyder and Laing O’Rourke as principal, senior and management engineers. We also have a strong portfolio of industry-related research, ranging from applied technology such instrumentation and measuring to pure innovative research. As part of your research project, you have the opportunity to work on a research topic aligned with your supervisor and make a contribution to the School’s research agenda by publishing papers and attending research seminars.

Key Course Benefits

  • Access to the Coventry University Simulation Centre.

  • In-depth modules covering a range of structural concepts to management and contract issues.

  • Expert visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnical Ltd.

  • Strong portfolio of research with 60% of ‘General Engineering’ research rated as 4 or 3 in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014."

  • Access to specialist software to investigate realistic planning scenarios – two of the most well used types of modelling software for representing road transport networks.

  • High levels of postgraduate student satisfaction for ‘Civil Engineering’ subjects – 89%, above the sector average of 82% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).

  • Professional accreditation is being sought from the Joint Board of Moderators (JMB) on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). The outcome is expected in January 2018.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching and …

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