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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

This course will teach you 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.


Core modules

Examples include:

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

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


  • Lectures by academic staff
  • Design tutorials
  • Design projects
  • Computational tutorials
  • Advanced engineering research study (dissertation)

Some modules engage our industrial partners, laboratory work and site visits.


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.

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

International pathway programmes

If you're an international student and don’t meet our entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme through the University of Sheffield International College. The programme develops your knowledge of your chosen subject, introduces you to vital study skills and provides additional support to reach the English language level for the course, should you need it.

Once you complete your Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


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

Apply now

+44 114 222 5711

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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