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Geotechnical & Geological Engineering MSc

Our MSc responds to a worldwide demand for specialist geotechnical and geological engineers with advanced training.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Our MSc gives you a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of geotechnical and geological engineering. You’ll study topics including:

  • the engineering behaviour of soils and rocks
  • slope stability and retaining structures
  • site investigation and interpretation
  • construction practice
  • data-centric engineering

This course meets the growing need for skilled geotechnical and geological engineers 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.

We also teach advanced geotechnical specialisms. These include the application of state-of-the art computational tools in design, and the engineering of specialist earth structures such as tailing dams.

Our master degree is for both practising professionals and new graduates in:

  • earth sciences
  • civil engineering
  • geological science
  • geology
  • geophysics
  • maths
  • physics


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What you'll learn

The course provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • hazard assessments and risks arising from natural and man-made phenomena
  • applied rock engineering
  • borehole design and operation
  • construction practice and awareness of safe operation
  • design of reinforced slopes, retaining structures and tailing dams
  • engineering geology principles and applications
  • geotechnical design
  • climate change, vulnerability, impacts and adaptation
  • site investigation, testing, interpretation and reporting
  • soil mechanics and ground characterisation
  • statistical modelling and image analysis


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

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 this field.

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.

Once you have graduated you'll 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

Your future

Graduate destinations

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. Our close industry links and strong graduate community have seen graduates go on to destinations including:

  • Arup
  • Cundall
  • Jacobs
  • Atkins
  • Milestone
  • PTV
  • Systra

Our degree programme also provides a route into further study at PhD level.

Industry links

During your studies you'll typically benefit from:

  • industry guest lectures
  • study tours
  • site visits
  • projects
  • 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
  • Cundall
  • Atkins

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.

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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.

Visit our Careers Service website

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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