Module details for SUDS for Roads


This online short course addresses the technical issues with implementing sustainable urban drainage for roads.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : knowledge to plan and design SUDS for roads in urban areas.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand all of the issues associated with sustainable drainage for roads.

2.  Evaluate the drainage requirements for new and existing roads.

3.  Conceptually design SUDS systems for new and existing roads

Indicative Content

1 The Fundamentals of SUDS for Roads

Drivers which are increasing the need for SUDS for roads. The different types of SUDS available for roads. SUDS and the treatment train/levels of treatment required. SUDS functions, levels of treatment applicable to roads. Source, site and regional controls.

2 Design and Detailing

Roads design standards for carriageway construction. SUDS design criteria. Detailing of components.

3 SUDS for Roads Guidance

SUDS selection tool, options matrix, performance matrix, maintenance matrix. Selection flowchart, scoring table. Incorporation of services.

4 Trunk Roads and Mortorways

Road networks and management. DMRB Volume 4 Geotechnics and Drainage: vegetated drainage systems, grassed surface water channels, edge of pavement details.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 60
Total 100

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.