The University of British Columbia Geological Engineering programme is a postgraduate course awarding a research-based Master of Applied Science or a taught Master of Engineering.
Students complete training and research projects according to their qualification pathway.
The Geological Engineering Program is intended for students interested in the application of earth sciences principles to engineering problems. While most geological engineering degree programs are based in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, students may also base their studies in allied Applied Science departments such as Civil or Mining Engineering. The program is highly interdisciplinary and draws upon courses, laboratories, and faculty members from the departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, Forestry, Geography, and others. Graduate students are often co-supervised by faculty members from different departments.
Geological engineering faculty members in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences have research interests in the following general areas:
- landslides, debris flows, engineering geology, slope stability
- groundwater hydrology, groundwater contamination and remediation, reactive transport modeling, environmental geochemistry
- rock engineering, rock slopes, and tunneling
Other research areas include geotechnical engineering, environmental geology, engineering geology, economic geology, and applied geophysics. The specific fields of study may involve geomorphology and terrain analysis, groundwater hydrology, natural hazards, slope stability, petroleum and coal geology, coalbed methane, mineral prospecting and valuation, and other similar subjects. Students are encouraged to consult individual faculty members for information about current research areas.
Admission to graduate studies in geological engineering is open only to students with an undergraduate degree in engineering or, at the discretion of the program director, to students with sufficient engineering work experience.
- Degree: Master of Applied Science (research-based), Master of Engineering (course-based, 1 year)
- Specialization: Geological Engineering
- Subject: Engineering
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
The following postgraduate funding may be available to study Geological Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
The MSc Civil Engineering course is ideal for those wishing to switch to a career in civil engineering or graduates looking to advance their career towards Chartered Engineer status. The flexible course offers two professional pathways, and the option to carry out a research project while undertaking an industrial placement.
This degree will provide you with a sound understanding of civil engineering design and applications through a series of core and specialist modules in areas covering coastal and maritime engineering, hydraulics, the environment, infrastructure, transport and management. Our modules reflect our internationally-renowned research expertise in these fields. You will be involved in a research project, enabling you to apply the knowledge and transferable skills developed during the programme. The degree includes two pathways: (i) a conventional Masters programme for students with a first degree in civil engineering and (ii) a conversion pathway aimed at numerate non-civil engineering graduates.
The full-time course is taught by leading researchers in this field. You will learn to apply the latest statistical analysis tools. You also have the opportunity to study advanced modules in coastal, environmental, infrastructure and transport engineering.
The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will select from a range of specialist modules, including earthquake engineering and groundwater hydrology and contamination. You also have the option to develop your knowledge of project economics, and law and contracts.
Practical sessions form a large part of the course. You will have access to specialist facilities, including heavy structures, hydraulics and geotechnical laboratories. You will also complete a final research project to evolve your critical-thinking and technical expertise.
We offer two pathways - a conversion pathway for non-Civil Engineering graduates wishing to convert their degree, and a standard pathway for those who already have a first degree in Civil Engineering; both pathways undertake a research project. There may also be the option for UK and EU students to undertake an 11 month industrial placement, please see the ‘Industrial Placement Option’ information below.
As an environmental engineer you can make a difference to the world in which you live, and be part of a profession that has a profound impact on human health and quality of life.
Environmental engineers design and build sustainable solutions to environmental problems, such as climate change, water scarcity and bushfire management. You will learn from leaders in hydrology, hydraulics, water resources and waste management. You will be guided by consultants, who will share their expertise in environmental engineering projects from around the world, in countries, such as China, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. The course features guest lecturers and seminars by industry professionals, community project work, technical society meetings and site visits.
The Master of Engineering (Environmental) will lead to a formal qualification in environmental engineering.
Environmental engineering is a rapidly growing field and is an exciting area for anyone with an interest in understanding complex environmental systems and developing the technical, management and policy solutions to deal with these issues. With growing opportunities, as well as new kinds of jobs being developed in environmental areas, such as bushfire protection, carbon management, climate change, sustainable systems, land and water management, conservation and hydrology, waste management and renewable energy, you can be assured of a satisfying career.
Employment opportunities exist in consulting firms, conservation and natural resource management agencies, environmental protection agencies, catchment management authorities, and in research, government and academia. Companies that employ environmental engineering graduates include: GHD, Golder Associates, Alluvium, Jacobs, John Holland, Coffey International Pty Ltd and AECOM.
The Master of Engineering is professionally recognised under two major accreditation frameworks — EUR-ACE® and the Washington Accord (through Engineers Australia). Graduates can work as chartered professional engineers throughout Europe, and as professional engineers in the 17 countries of the Washington Accord.
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The MSc in Water Resources Engineering addresses water-related issues in developed and developing countries. It is jointly organized by KU Leuven and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The general programme objective is to educate professionals and scientists through multidisciplinary and high-quality university education to contribute effectively to the development and management of local and global water resources. The programme trains students with cutting-edge technical and managerial knowledge and skills to
(i) successfully plan, design, operate and manage water resources projects; and (ii) advise and support authorities in decision-making and policy-making that enhance the safe exploitation and re-use of wastewater and the equitable distribution and conservation of local, regional, and global water resources.
A strong focus is put on the use of state-of-the-art numerical simulation tools for integrated water management.
The programme deals with the methods and techniques applied in the study of
- water needs for agriculture, industry, households, recreation, navigation, hydroelectric power generation - problems related to storm water drainage and flood damage mitigation - problems related to water quality in streams and aquifers, erosion, sedimentation, protection of ecosystems and other natural resources - integrated water management - institutional, socio-economic, and policy issues related to water resources development and management
A combination of theory and practice ensures that students are equipped with excellent knowledge for further research and exciting job opportunities across the world. Graduates of the programme are primarily employed as
(i) academics or scientists at universities and research institutions. Their major task is to strengthen the training and research capacity of those institutions in the field of water resources
(ii) engineers or managers in public administrations, water user associations or private companies.
Water resources engineers and scientists play a decisive role in the development and management of aquifers and river basins, and in deciding who does what, how much services cost, and who pays. They are the decision-makers and water managers of the future, who are capable of taking into account increased user demand and environmental needs, i.e. managing limited water resources in a sustainable and responsive way.
The master programme takes place in an intercultural and international environment. Students have the possibility to join excursions and field trips abroad and to carry out master thesis research in cooperation with our partner universities.
The full programme comprises 120 ECTS. Students with a relevant Master degree can apply for the 1-year abridged programme (60 ECTS) and will mainly follow second year courses.
The first year curriculum builds a common foundation and is the same for all students. In the second year students design a personal programme through the selection of three elective courses, an integrated project and their master thesis research. Courses are held both at KU Leuven and the VUB campus.
Year 1 (compulsory)
- Advanced Mathematics for Water Engineering - Statistics for Water Engineering - Hydraulics - Groundwater Hydrology - Surface Water Hydrology - Irrigation Agronomy - Aquatic Ecology - Waste Water Treatment and Resource Recovery - Water Quality - Integrated Water Management - GIS & Data Processing for Water Resources Engineering - Remote Sensing and Measuring Techniques for Water Resources Engineering
- Systems Approach to Water Management - Social, Political, Institutional, Economic and Environmental Aspects of Water Resources
Electives (three courses to be chosen)
- Surface Water Modelling - Groundwater Modelling - River Modelling - Soil Water Modelling - Irrigation Design and Crop Water Productivity Management - Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics - Environmental Programming - Freshwater and Marine Ecology
Integrated Project: Students work in groups on a particular watershed and travel to the case study area. They define problems and tackle them from different angles using modelling as well as nonmodelling tools
Environmental engineers manage and evaluate sustainable solutions for their impact on the economy, society and the environment.
This program provides engineers with advanced knowledge and skills in sustainable development and environmental management. You will develop a broad understanding of environmental management practice, while investigating themes that focus on waste management, energy and water resources. You will model and analyse the environmental impacts of engineering solutions and discover the best ways to manage the environmental aspects of business.
The program has a strong industry focus with at least half of all subjects led by industry practitioners. You may also undertake a research project in industry as part of your course. You will develop skills in an environmental sector of your own interest. Topics covered will range from air pollution, water and wastewater, municipal solid wastes, cleaner production, environmental management systems, noise, vibration, water resources management and energy resources management, to politics, the law and the economy. This program will suit qualified engineers wanting to upskill, change their career, or extend their current knowledge of environmental engineering.
Environmental engineering is a growth area with many job opportunities in fields such as bushfire protection, carbon management, climate change, sustainable systems, land and water management, conservation and hydrology, waste management and renewable energy. Career opportunities exist in government environmental organisations and in a variety of consulting and technical roles in industry.
Our graduates work as environmental officers with local councils and other government authorities and in water and land management roles for the Environment Protection Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment, water and water catchment authorities and as consultants. Companies that employ environmental engineering graduates include: GHD, Golder Associates, Alluvium, John Holland, Coffey International and Jacobs.