Our MSc gives you a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of engineering geology. You will study topics associated with:
- the engineering behaviour of soils and rocks
- site investigation and interpretation
- geological hazard assessment
- geotechnical design
Our Engineering Geology master's is for both practising professionals and new graduates in:
- earth sciences
- geological science
You must have a maths background.
This course meets the growing need for skilled engineering geologists across the construction, environmental and energy industries. The course provides you with:
- advanced conceptual understanding
- detailed factual knowledge
- specialist technical skills
- an awareness of responsibilities to society and the environment
We maintain strong industrial engagement. Our degree programmes are shaped by industry and government policy.
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What you'll learn
The course provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of:
- engineering geology principles and applications
- soil mechanics and ground characterisation
- site investigation, testing, interpretation and reporting processes
- analysing diverse geological evidence to assess hazards and risks arising from natural and man-made phenomena
- geological mapping for engineering interpretation and analysis
- design of reinforced slopes, retaining structures and tailing dams
- geotechnical design
- interpretation of natural groundwater quality data in the context of ground water resource assessment
- borehole design and operation for monitoring and water quality sampling
The course covers a broad range of topics and is taught by expert staff based in the School of Engineering.
Once you have graduated you'll be able to:
- identify, generate and interpret geological data relevant to an engineering scenario
- assess groundwater resources using a wide variety of information
- 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 modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
You'll study compulsory modules with a choice of optional modules in blocks of one or two weeks. Assessment is by formal written examinations, coursework and oral presentations. You'll write up your research project as a dissertation. Teaching methods on this course typically consist of:
- open learning
- group projects
- computing workshops
- site visits
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Assessment is by formal written examinations, coursework and oral presentations.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Our degree programmes are shaped by strong engagement with industry. They have been developed to equip you with the professional and technical skills crucial in industry.
You'll benefit from our multidisciplinary approach to teaching. You'll have the opportunity to engage with students from civil engineering, geological and other scientific backgrounds. Typically this is through lectures, group work and other activities, providing a rich and diverse learning experience.
Our close links with industry and our graduates provides you with a network allowing you to enhance your employability.
We'll prepare you for a wide range of careers across the globe in construction, environmental and energy sectors. Some graduate destinations include:
- specialist geotechnical consultancies and contractors
- global engineering firms
- geoenvironmental consultancies
- oil and gas companies
Our degree programme also provides a route into further study at PhD level.
During your studies you'll typically benefit from:
- industry guest lectures
- study tours
- site visits
- placements and employment opportunities (with added support from our Careers Service).
Recent contributors to the MSc programme include visitors from:
- Balfour Beatty
- Land and Minerals Consulting
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
The School of Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.
Find out more about our Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories.
You'll also have access to a student common room based in Cassie Building; this resource facility and study space is perfect for group working.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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