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MSc Engineering Geology

Course Description


This course provides concentrated one-year training in engineering geology and related geotechnical subjects to prepare you for professional practice in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering.

It gives you a grounding in the application of geological principles to a wide range of fields within civil and mining engineering.

Studying engineering geology will provide you with excellent job opportunities as a result of high calibre academic training, as well as the development of strong skills in terms of both critical and independent thought and team work. Most of our graduates join environmental consulting companies and consulting engineers, while others go on to PhD studies.

Engineering Geologists

Engineering Geologists are found worldwide working on a wide range of problems, from foundation and mine design to the assessment of seismic and landslide risk.

Their understanding of how groundwater and pollutants travel through the ground may impact on the safe design and construction of excavations and waste disposal sites. They use geological and geomorphological mapping to identify geological hazards and allow for safe development. Their understanding of the ground and how it responds to static and dynamic loads can influence safe and sustainable siting and design of engineering structures.

It is vital that we design and build in a manner which is safe, environmentally friendly, cost effective and sensitive to climate change. Engineering geologists, with a unique understanding of the ground, and a broad appreciation of rates of geological processes over engineering time, are intimately involved in this process.

Course highlights:

• Your teaching will be delivered by the School of Earth and Environment with substantial input from the School of Civil Engineering.
• Attend a series of School seminars and wider university events. The University frequently hosts the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group (Institution of Civil Engineers) and is involved with the Yorkshire Regional Group of the Geological Society
• Benefit from our strong connections with industry:
- We have been training Engineering Geologists over 40 years and maintain links with alumni who can be found in many companies across the globe.
- Industry colleagues contribute to teaching and an Industry Advisory Board informs the content of this course.

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

Student Profiles

Engineeering Geology International Scholarships - 2 Awards

The School of Earth and Environment is offering two scholarships worth up to £19,000, to international students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential - undertaking a full-time Masters in Engineering Geology.We are ranked second in the UK for research power and quality, and in the top five in Europe for academic reputation in Earth Science, reassuring you we achieve high quality standards. The School is located in a £24 million building, providing world-class research, teaching and laboratory facilities, and dedicated computer suites. Many of which are available to you throughout your studies.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £19,000


You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on the Masters in Engineering Geology for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of international fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

Please submit a completed School of Earth and Environment Scholarship application by email to [email protected] by the deadline.An automated email response will confirm receipt of the scholarship application, please note that no further correspondence will be sent until the awards have been allocated by a sub-committee of programme leaders led by the Director of Masters Education in the School of Earth and Environment.

Further Information



Earth Science Industrial UK/EU Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Thanks to our long history of turning out well qualified and highly employable graduates, the School of Earth and Environment attracts a number of companies offering scholarships for UK/EU students, on the following courses:• MSc Exploration Geophysics
• MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics
• MSc Engineering Geology.The awards vary and can cover some or all of the tuition fee, maintenance/living costs and conference/project expenses.Past sponsors have included: Apache North Sea, BG Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhilips, ION GX Technology, Maersk, Nexen Inc, Shell, TGS and TOTAL.. ConocoPhilips, Maersk, BP, Midland Valley, RDR and Shell. Atkins, CH2M-Hill (Halcrow), Mott MacDonald, URS and Wardell Armstrong.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a UK and EU citizen and should have submitted a complete application for one of the eligible programmes. You must also be predicted to achieve, or have already been awarded, an upper-second class degree or better in a relevant subject to go forward for scholarship consideration.

Application Procedure

Please submit a completed School of Earth and Environment Scholarship application by email to [email protected] by the deadline.An automated email response will confirm receipt of the scholarship application. No further correspondence will be sent until the shortlisted applicants are invited to an Interview Day at the School of Earth and Environment. Interview days will be held on:• Exploration Geophysics Monday 7th March 2016
• Structural Geology with Geophysics Thursday 3rd March 2016
• Engineering Geology Thursday 21st April 2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in an earth science, engineering, civil engineering, mining or a related discipline. Lower qualifications may also be considered based on relevant industrial experience and/or additional supporting evidence. Mathematics or Physics to AS or A level (pass grade) or international equivalent is required, but this requirement can be waived on an ad-hoc basis given appropriate mathematical content of first degree or industrial experience. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

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