Our MSc in Advanced Geotechnical Engineering is a European-Accredited Engineering Master Degree programme.
It will give you the skills you need to address real-world ground engineering problems and the technological challenges faced every day by the geotechnical engineering profession.
The Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc will nurture and develop your understanding of the principles and theories behind ground engineering.
Topics include deep foundations in urban areas, tunnelling, foundations for energy infrastructure, deep water energy resources exploration and field monitoring.
During your studies you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and practical understanding of scientific methodology you have acquired on a research project under the guidance and advice of an experienced supervisor.
This will help you develop the skills to acquire, analyse, and critically evaluate data, and then draw valid, defendable conclusions that can withstand professional scrutiny.
Graduates are highly employable, and may progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.
This programme is studied over one academic year (full-time) and between two and five academic years (part-time or distance learning). It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
On successful completion of this MSc programme students will be deemed to have completed the further learning necessary to combine with a suitable BEng (Hons) degree fulfilling the academic base for the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer.
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules
-Advanced Soil Mechanics
-Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures
Selected Structural Engineering Group Modules
-Structural Safety and Reliability
Selected Construction Management Group Modules
-Construction Management and Law
-Project and Risk Management
Selected Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules
-Infrastructure Systems Interdependencies and Resilience
-Infrastructure Investment and Financing
-Infrastructure Asset Management
-Sustainability and Infrastructure
Selected Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules
-Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
Students must choose eight modules from those listed above. For the main and subsidiary awards there are restrictions on the choice of modules within each module group. These are outlined in the table above.
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme aims to provide graduates with:
-A comprehensive understanding of some of the challenges faced during the analysis, design and construction of foundation and geotechnical structures
-The ability to select and apply most appropriate analysis methodology for problems in ground engineering including advanced and new methods
-The ability to design foundations in a variety of ground conditions
-A working knowledge of the key UK, European and some International standards and codes of practice associated with the analysis and design of foundations and the ability to interpret and apply these to both familiar and unfamiliar problems
-The necessary technical further learning towards fulfilling the educational base for the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-A knowledge and understanding of the key UK, European and International standards and codes of practice relating to ground engineering
-A knowledge and understanding of the construction of different types of geotechnical structure on different ground conditions
-A comprehensive understanding of the principles of engineering mechanics underpinning ground engineering
-The ability to understand the limitations of ground analysis methods
-The knowledge and understanding to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete
-A knowledge and understanding of ground engineering in a commercial/business context
-Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development related to ground engineering
-A knowledge and understanding of the common and less common materials used in ground engineering
-An understanding of construction management
-A critical awareness of new developments and research needs in ground engineering
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging ground engineering problems
-A critical awareness of new developments in the field of ground engineering
-The ability to critically evaluate ground engineering design principles and concepts
-The awareness of the commercial, social and environmental impacts associated with foundations
-An awareness and ability to make general evaluations of risk associated with the design and construction of foundations including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk
Professional practical skills
-The ability to interpret and apply the appropriate UK, European and some International standards and codes of practice to foundation design for both familiar and unfamiliar situations
-The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
-The ability to apply the appropriate analysis methodologies to common ground engineering problems as well as unfamiliar problems
-The ability to collect and analyse research data
-The ability to tackle problems familiar or otherwise which have uncertain or incomplete data
-The ability to use theory or experimental research to improve design and/or analysis
-The ability to generate innovative foundation design
-The awareness of professional and ethical conduct
Key / transferable skills
-Oral and written communication (presentation skills)
-Synthesis and graphical presentation of data
-3D spatial awareness
-Use of sketching and engineering drafting
-Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawing/presentation
-Technical report writing
-Independent learning skills
-Ability to develop, monitor and update a plan
-Reviewing, assessing, and critical thinking skills
-Teamwork, leadership and negotiation skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.