Rationale of the Graduate Program
The main rationale of the postgraduate education at this Institute is to inculcate in the students a deep understanding of the fundamental principles, concepts and practices in Highway and transport Engineering specialization and to develop abilities for undertaking research and development through dissertation. To achieve the above goals, the curriculum is designed to motivate the students for self-study, train them for independent work and create environment conducive for innovation. The program also offers design courses aimed at translating theoretical knowledge to practical application. It also provides opportunities to develop strong linkages with research institutions and industrial construction sectors. The postgraduate programmers offer considerable flexibility to students in choosing the electives in pursuance of their academic goals.
Upon admission, the student is attached to a faculty advisor who guides the student in choosing the electives depending upon his/her area of specialization. Each course shall have certain number of credits assigned to it depending upon the academic load and weekly contact hours of lecture, tutorial and practical classes. Students shall be evaluated for their academic performance through tutorials, homework assignments, term papers, field work, surprise quizzes, midterm examinations and the end-term examination on a letter grade system.
The postgraduate program, in the Master of Science and Master of Engineering degree in Highway and transport Engineering curriculum deals, primarily with the necessary advanced theoretical backgrounds to handle the analysis of directing and performing traffic data analysis, subgrade soil and pavement materials characterization, design the different sections of the road, planning and management of the highway project in general, etc. The program is designed in the way to tackle the problem and achieve better results would have been to give advanced courses at a postgraduate level. The problem now as before is that the training at the undergraduate level, no matter how comprehensive it might be, lacks the most important element of a postgraduate training, which is enabling the graduates to be capable of identifying the essence of an engineering problem, converting it into a suitable model and solving it independently.
The most important rationale for developing a postgraduate program is the need of the country development of skilled human resource that is capable of handling more complex civil engineering problems with little or no guidance whatsoever, supervising the designs of yet inexperienced engineers working in a project team and thereby acquire skills of professional leadership. Such trained manpower is known to be instrumental to the effective implementation of national development programs.
Other rationales include:
- The growth and transformation plan of the government and the need of the governmental and nongovernmental organization to train their staff.
- Enhance research activities through joint efforts of Institute staff and postgraduate students, whereby staff members, mostly play the role of identifying research topics and guidance and thus get the time they need for working on many research topics at the same time.
- Producing skilled manpower (instructors) for emerging universities.
Objectives of the Graduate Program
The primary objective of the Graduate Program is to train high-level professionals capable of solving practical engineering problems in the various fields of studies independently and develop, in the process, the research experience of the staff members of the department.
The specific objectives of the training program in Road and Transport Engineering are:
i. To produce high level professionals in Road and Transport Engineering who could be involved in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of transport infrastructures.
ii. To produce qualified Highway Engineers who could be involved in the planning of infrastructure development based on traffic engineering data and handling the design of highways.
iii. To train university instructor in Highway and Transport Engineering fields who are capable teaching and conducting high level research
In general, the course design specifically aims to develop professionals to be knowledgeable and to acquire skills necessary to manage a road network. These skills include planning, design, budgeting, resourcing, construction and maintenance management, traffic control and management. Graduate engineers from the program will possess increased ability to define and judge proposed solutions for road facilities and transportation problems and also to be able to manage the asset in an environment where Private/Public sector Partnerships is the trend.
Preferably, Students who have successfully completed the 12 plus 5 years’ university education having B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering and majoring highway or geotechnical and have passed the entrance exam could apply for admission to the post graduate program in Highway and transport Engineering to the School of Graduate Studies in BDU, BiT. In view of the high number of applicants, admission to the Department is rather competitive at the moment.
The minimum educational qualifications for all admission applicant must have a B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering or its equivalent and meet the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies BDU, BiT. He/she must also pass the entrance examination administered by the Geotechnical and Highway Engineering Chair/unit in the faculty. Regarding applicants from other related disciplines, the chair, will rule on and decide the eligibility of such candidates and if required the candidate must take bridge-courses carefully selected by the professor.
Admitted students from higher academic institutions or sponsored by the Ministry of Education as prospective faculty members of academic institutions are eligible only for the Master of Science (M.Sc.) with thesis option (OPTION A). where Option A is the thesis option. All students being supported as Graduate Research Assistants are expected to choose this track. If you are planning to go on for a PhD, you should choose this track. Only students admitted from the industry and admitted self-sponsored students are eligible to join the MEng. without thesis option (OPTION B). Option B is the non-thesis option. However, if the students from the industry or self-sponsored students are interested to pursue the M.Sc. with thesis option, they should lodge an application to the chair, and based on the recommendation of the chair, the evaluation committee shall decide based on the performance of the students, the quality of their thesis proposal, and availability of advisors including the applicants academic record.
Duration of Study
The MSc and MEng programs are designed to be a two-year full time study. Besides this, depending on the need, there is a possibility of offering both versions in continuing education (evenings, or weekends etc.) and in summer time. Students with both options are required to take a minimum of twelve Modules including research method. In addition, eligible, registered students do have two options after the third semester, these options are the following:
OPTION A: Master of Science in Road and Transport Engineering with thesis
OPTION B: Master of Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering with independent project
Studies in Road and Transportation Engineering include topics on transportation planning, pavement design and management, Economic evaluation of transport projects, Traffic safety and Environment impacts, geometric design and traffic engineering. In line with the graduate expansion program of the Government and in recognition of internationally accepted standards in Civil Engineering, and based on its own past experiences of different M.Sc. programs, the faculty came up with the new sets of curriculum for Road and Transportation Engineering as compiled in this document.
Students are required to take a minimum of 35 CH including research method. The postgraduate curriculum in Road and Transportation Engineering program however has to be delivered in two options: Option A and Option B. In Option A (M.Sc. with Thesis work) has 12 Modules (35 credit) and a graduate thesis (6 credit), while Option B (MEng., without Thesis work) has 14 Modules (41 credit) and an independent graduate project (4 credit). The rationale behind the introduction of the MEng. program without thesis option is to accommodate the increasing number of graduate students from the industry. These applicants, through this degree option, would have the opportunity to work on an industry problem/project and solve practical problems. The students in this option would be required to take two additional courses to broaden their knowledge base and meet the credit requirements for the program. Students coming from higher academic institutions or sponsored by the Ministry of Education as prospective faculty members of academic institutions will not be eligible for the non-thesis option, as they are required to enroll in the M.Sc. degree with thesis option and undertake scientific research.