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Ready to develop and implement engineering techniques, unpack geological structures and processes, and take your studies to postgraduate level? Our MSc Engineering Geology degree course is for you.

You'll learn the advanced skills needed to conduct detailed investigations into surface and subsurface geology, identification of adverse ground conditions, and the design of remedial measures for engineering structures such as tunnels, dams, mines, quarries, offshore platforms and wind farms.

Geological expertise is critical in all types of civil engineering projects – and when you graduate, you'll be able to answer the national and international demand for specialist engineering geologists. You'll also be able to pursue a career in the environmental, geological and geotechnical industries.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from expert staff and researchers with extensive expertise in engineering geology and geotechnics
  • Become skilled in lab, computer and field techniques through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions
  • Get hands-on experience of environmental assessment techniques, plus a range of other skills such as mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies
  • Use our specialist equipment, including image processing software (ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper, ENVI)
  • Take part in field trips, both locally and overseas, to develop your field mapping and data collection skills
  • Complete your own research project in the UK or abroad

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the environmental, geological and geotechnical industries.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

Potential roles include geotechnical engineer, engineering geologist, mining engineer and tunneling engineer for major mining companies, as well as environmental, geological and geotechnical consultancies.

Our previous graduates have also pursued careers in:

  • Aid organisations
  • Environmental organisations
  • Offshore work
  • Civil service
  • Mining
  • Insurance companies

What's more, you'll have excellent opportunities for employment overseas. Some of our graduates have found work in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

This course also has strong research and analytical components, ideal if you wish to pursue further research at PhD level.

We'll give you as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. It offers advanced professional and scientific training, providing an accelerated route for you to attain Chartered Status, such as Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) on graduation.


Visit the Engineering Geology MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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