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Geo-environmental Engineering (MRes)

Course Description

Why this course?

We've very strong industrial links and an active Industrial Advisory Board which contributes to curriculum design and the overall student experience.
This one-year research-led MRes in geo-environmental engineering is suitable if you're looking for an alternative to an MSc or are interested in carrying out shorter research projects and wish to tailor your studies to suit your own research interests and career objectives.

An MRes takes one year full-time or two years part-time to complete. Part-time study is only available to UK students.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/geoenvironmentalengineering/

You’ll study

This degree combines a number of subjects including:
- geotechnics
- microbiology
- chemistry
- hydrogeology

You'll complete six taught modules. Four classes are compulsory and you then choose two optional.

- MRes thesis
You can choose from a wide range of topics. Supervisors will be chosen from one of our seven main research groups:
- Civil engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Environmental health
- Geoscience
- Structural engineering
- Transport management
- Water systems and hydroinformatics


Our department’s £6M purpose-built and state-of-the-art research laboratories opened in June 2013. These facilities include:
- Geomechanics Laboratory
- Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
- Microbiology Laboratory
- Structures Laboratory
- Numerical Modelling of Geomaterials
- Field Investigation Capabilities

Teaching staff

The course is unique in Scotland and the UK, as you'll be taught by a group of professionally qualified civil engineers, chemists, microbiologists and geoscientists.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Elective Classes

Our MRes students also have the option of taking “Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry”. This exciting new module allows students to gain credits for work carried out with, at or for an external organisation. Approval for students taking this module is done on a case-by-case basis by the MRes Course Director. Student participation is selected by competitive application and CV.

Learning & teaching

This course is delivered via a mixture or lectures, tutorial, practical laboratories and research seminars.


You'll be assessed via a mixture of written assignments, formal examinations, lab-based assessments, poster presentations and team projects.
The final MRes thesis is assessed orally in a viva voce examination.


An MRes will significantly enhance your CV and improve future employment prospects.
During your studies you'll develop a range of transferable skills that are relevant to careers in industry, academia and the public sector.
In addition, our MRes will develop your communication skills, critical analysis and presentation skills as well as giving you experience of conference attendance and working with large bodies of complex material. An MRes can also be used as a stepping stone for students wishing to continue to an MPhil or PhD, either as a precursor or initial component of the research.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Geo-environmental Engineering (MRes) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Keith Torrance

503.JPG Having enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in industry, I decided to go back to university to pursue a post-graduate degree that would help me transition back to a hands-on career in earth sciences, which has always been my passion. As my undergraduate degree is in geology, it made sense to expand my education into the field of environmental geology, which is of increasing relevance to the sustainability of the planet. I looked at a number of different universities in the UK and North America, but applied to the University of Strathclyde because it of its reputation in the field of contaminated land evaluation and remediation. I started an MRes. in geo-environmental engineering in September 2008, which I have just completed.

I was by no means the only ‘mature’ student on the course, but enjoyed working with the younger students. It was a challenge getting back to studying after being out of school for so long, but I found that many of the skills that I had developed in my working career were transferrable, particularly in presentation and report writing. The MRes is a combination of course work and a research project, but differs from an MSc. in that more emphasis is placed on the dissertation. I opted for courses such as hydrogeology, landfill design, atmospheric pollution and site investigation, but there is a wide range of challenging courses, covering all aspects of environmental science. I would recommend the MRes. for anyone looking to augment their work experience, as the coursework cuts across a wide range of disciplines, and ties in to the cutting-edge research being done in the department and in the Glasgow area.

For my research project, I chose to investigate arsenic-contaminated waste slurries from the gallium arsenide wafer processing, which drew on my experience of working in the semiconductor industry. It was a good example of a practical application for environmental research that has real cost implications for semiconductor fabs and the environment.

I was fortunate enough to get a paper accepted at a major conference, CS ManTech and was awarded a grant from the conference organisers to attend and present my paper in Tampa, Florida. I plan to continue my academic career and have returned to Strathclyde to start a PhD looking at arsenic contaminated land in Scotland and Alaska.


MRes and MPhil Fees-Only Excellence Awards for UK/EU students - 6 Awards

MRes amd MPhil Fees-Only Excellence Awards to UK/EU students are available for these MRes degrees offered by the Civil Engineering Dept/David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability: MRes Geo-Environmental Engineering
MRes Infrastructure Adaptation for Climate Change
MRes Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fees paid


In order to be eligible for one of these awards all you need to do is apply - the awards will be allocated based on quality but applying early increases the changes to get one of these awards.

Application Procedure

In order to be eligible for any one of these awards all you need to do is apply online via the link provided in each individual web page for each degree. Please make sure your application is complete and includes proof of previous degree, two references and proof of English language if applicable. In addition, please add one page statement covering these two points: 1. Why do you want to take this degree and how will the degree support your career goals?
2. What makes you 'excellent' that justifies you getting one of these Excellence Awards? The awards will be allocated based on quality but applying early increases the changes to get one of these awards.

Further Information



MRes Studentships in Collaboration with Industry - 10 Awards

The Department of Civil Engineering/DLCS is offering up to 10 funded studentships for its MRes courses involving strategic collaboration with industry. Funding will cover full tuition fees for home/EU students and partial tuition fees for overseas students.
An MRes is a Masters by Research Degree, which involves 33% Taught Content and 67% Research Project. Whilst an MRes is a standalone postgraduate degree, on successful completion of the MRes research project it is possible for good quality researchers to transfer to the PhD Programme (i.e. the MRes would be equivalent to the first year of the PhD).Students are sought to undertake research projects with the British Geological Survey, Scottish Water and Parsons Brinckerhoff. Please visit the weblink below for more information on the project topic areas.The deadline for applications is 31st May 2010.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Entry Requirements:
First or Second Class Honours Degree from a UK institution (or overseas equivalent).
The MRes courses are aimed principally at graduates in civil and environmental engineering, earth sciences, bioscience, chemistry and chemical engineering who wish to build on their undergraduate studies and improve their career prospects. However the programme has also been successfully completed by others from an unrelated background such as business. The courses are also designed for employees of public and private sector companies who wish to upgrade their skills to be able to tackle the complex issues relating to sustainable development, and to design engineering options for sustainable development.

Application Procedure

For further information on the MRes courses, application procedures, and funding opportunities, please visit our website http://www.strath.ac.uk/greendegrees-res or contact Lisa Lyons by email [email protected]
The deadline for applications is 31st May 2010.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second-class Honours Degree from a UK institution (or overseas equivalent). Students from a wide variety of disciplines are accepted, including (but not limited to): civil and environmental engineering, earth sciences, bioscience, chemistry, chemical engineering

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £4,500; Rest of UK £9,000; International £16,700

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