The Geotechnical Engineering MSc will give you the specialist knowledge required to meet the needs of the construction, environmental and extractive industries. You will learn the principles and application of geotechnical engineering in a range of settings.
The course provides an advanced knowledge and understanding of:
- soils and rocks and their engineering properties
- site investigation, testing, interpretation and reporting
- construction practice and awareness of safe operation
- key aspects of geotechnical design, such as foundations and slopes
- application of mathematical methods and computational tools
Once you have graduated will be able to:
- identify, generate and interpret data relevant to an engineering scenario
- employ numerical methods for modelling and analysing problems
- select and apply ideas, concepts and data to generate innovative designs
- evaluate the quality of data through testing and measurement equipment in field and lab
- present and summarise data and critically appraise its significance, using numerical techniques
- formulate and test key hypotheses using logical and consistent quantitative or qualitative arguments
You will study compulsory modules plus optional modules, followed by a research project written up as a dissertation. The teaching methods on the course include:
- formal lectures
- open learning
- group projects
- computing workshops
- laboratory work
- site visits
Numerous contributions are made to the course by prominent visitors from the construction industry. Assessment is by formal written examinations, course work, the dissertation, and oral presentations. All modules are taught in one or two week blocks.
The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), comprising ICE, IStructE, CIHT and IHIE, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for students with an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng Honours degree or Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc Honours degree
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Newcastle University's Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering delivers a range of CPD modules related to geotechnical engineering.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- CEG8201 Geomechanics
- CEG8202 Ground Investigation - Design, Principles and Practice
- CEG8204 Ground Improvement and Remediation Techniques
- CEG8205 Soil Modelling and Numerical Methods
- CEG8208 Geotechnical Design
- CEG8209 Engineering and Applied Geology
- CEG8296 MSc Project and Dissertation in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
- CEG8308 Seismic Resistant Design
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take a further 20 credits from the following:
- CEG8207 Field Class
- CEG8505 Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats
- CEG8511 Ground Water Assessment
- CEG8514 Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation
- CEG8608 Contaminated Land
- CEG8705 Geographic Information Systems
- CEG8016 Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100*
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100*
*per year for the first two years of study
Full time: £21,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in:
- earth sciences
- civil engineering
- geological science
You must have a maths background.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.