September 2020 start

Infrastructure and Urban Systems Engineering

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Our lives are becoming increasingly urban, which raises significant challenges for engineers to create healthy, sustainable and secure infrastructure that minimises our impact on the environment. We'll give you the tools and techniques to analyse and design urban systems and civil infrastructure in order to build better, more resilient and sustainable cities.
Infrastructure and Urban Systems Engineering

Course description

You’ll be taught how to implement suitable technologies and management systems that work to create a healthy urban environment. We’ll train you to understand and analyse urban systems using the latest techniques, such as environmental and sustainability assessment, inverse problem solving, sensor integration, asset management and advanced numerical modelling. Your studies conclude with a design project focusing on a complex engineering problem in an urban environment.

This course teaches you how to design with the least possible environmental impact. We offer a fresh perspective on solving the toughest global engineering problems, such as the causes and effects of climate change.

Graduates of this course stand out from their peers, in terms of technical aptitude and their ability to handle complex infrastructure-related challenges in the international urban environment.

You’ll be taught from civil infrastructure industry leaders and researchers working at the forefront of their fields, learning through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, problem-solving classes, project classes, and classroom discussions.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


Core modules

  • Research and Professional Skills
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Asset Management
  • Engineering with Planetary Capacity
  • Thermodynamics for Buildings and Cities
  • Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks
  • Modelling of Urban Infrastructure Systems
  • Urban Microclimate
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Advanced Engineering Research Study


You'll be taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab work. Some modules will include site visits and engage our industrial partners.


You'll be assessed through exams, coursework, oral presentations and interviews and a dissertation and report.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree (BEng, MEng, BSc) in Civil and Structural Engineering or other appropriate engineering or science subject.

We’ll consider your application if you have appropriate professional qualifications and work experience, but you’ll need a strong background in the areas covered on the course.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.