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MSc Geotechnical Engineering


Course Description

The MSc in Geotechnical Engineering is part of the Division of Civil Engineering's extensive programme of postgraduate studies and research. The course builds on the Division's renowned research expertise and industrial experience in current aspects of geotechnical engineering.

Why study Geotechnical Engineering at Dundee?

Key reasons include:
Better preparation for successful careers in industry, commerce or academia
Development of skills, knowledge and understanding in a specialist field
Participation in the research activities of a world-class department

A wide range of research projects are available in any of the following areas: earthquake engineering (foundations during earthquakes, liquefaction, faulting), offshore engineering (foundations, anchors, pipelines and offshore processes), foundation engineering and ground improvement. Some of these projects will be linked to industry

Development of transferable skills in research methods, communication and management of large and small scale projects

Part-time students have the option of relating their research project directly to ongoing work within their employment

Professional Accreditation: ICE/IStructE

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Visit http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

What's great about Geotechnical Engineering at Dundee?

Civil Engineering at Dundee is ranked top in Scotland for research. You will have the opportunity to engage with leading edge research at Dundee, meaning we attract students of the highest calibre and our graduates are highly sought after by employers worldwide. Students studying on our masters programmes benefit from our renowned research expertise and industry experience.

The Geotechnical Engineering research sub-group was established in 1997 and it has grown significantly since that time. In addition to its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research activities, the group offers services to industry across a broad range of geotechnical engineering. The group has hosted a number of major conferences and symposia in Dundee.

Who should study this course?

It is designed both for people pursuing a higher degree soon or immediately after obtaining their first degree, and for those with considerable work experience.

"I love how specialised [this course] is, as very few universities offer such speciality in Earthquake and Offshore Engineering. The course taught me how to solve real-life challenging problems, not to mention the strong industry linkage with my future employer - Subsea 7."
Vithiea Pang, MSc student

The start date is September each year, and lasts for 12 months.

How you will be taught

Modules start at the beginning of the academic session in September and are taught by lectures and tutorials.

What you will study

There are three main elements to the course programme:

Core Modules
These provide skills generic to engineering and research. The two modules are:

Research Methods and Diploma Project
Health, Safety & Environmental Engineering
Specialist Modules
The specialist modules provide in-depth and advanced knowledge, and build upon our expertise. These cover the following topics:

Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
Advanced Soil Mechanics and Geo-Environmental Engineering
Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Advanced Structural Analysis
Research Project
The research project gives you the opportunity to benefit from, and contribute to our research. At the end of the project students submit a dissertation based on their research. Students select their projects from a list offered by the academic staff or may suggest their own topic. Many of these projects are collaborative with industry, particularly those in offshore engineering (for Oil and Gas, Marine Renewables and Aquaculture)

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed by coursework and examination.

Students taking the Postgraduate Diploma carry out a shorter research project and complete an extended report.

Careers

There is a continuing demand for civil engineers particularly in the energy and water sectors and the skills of the civil engineer are highly portable in the multi-disciplinary engineering sectors. The latest Institution of Civil Engineers Salary Survey for the UK (2010) indicates that the average total income of its senior members is nearly £100k, while that of recent graduates is £27.5k.

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. The blend of science, technology and management education and training gained in a unique learning environment that is both challenging and friendly, makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil engineering and a wider range of sectors.

Graduates from Dundee have gone on to achieve high level positions in most sectors of the profession. These include consulting engineers and contractors, the offshore industry and research organisations.

Funded places

Due to an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy, there are 7 fully-funded places available to eligible students starting this course in 2013/14. This covers all tuition fees associated with the MSc programme and can be held by students classified as Scottish or EU for fee purposes only. Please indicate your interest in being considered for a funded place when you apply through UKPASS.

Visit the MSc Geotechnical Engineering page on the University of Dundee website for more details!



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Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics Postgraduate Scholarship - 5 Awards

School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics Postgraduate Scholarship£1,500 Scholarship towards tuition fees for international postgraduate applicants

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,500

Eligibility

For international postgraduate applicants applying to the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.Closing dates for Scholarship applications are as follows:Courses starting September 2011 - closing date 1st July 2011
Courses starting January 2012 - closing date 15th November 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/epm.htm


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School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics Articulation Agreement Scholarship - 5 Awards

School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics Articulation Agreement Scholarship£3,000 Scholarship towards tuition fees for applicants applying through a recognised articulation agreement

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

For international applicants that apply to the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics through a recognised articulation agreement.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not. Closing dates for Scholarship applications are as follows:Courses starting September 2011 - closing date 1st July 2011
Courses starting January 2012 - closing date 15th November 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/epm.htm


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5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 20+ Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/epm.htm


(Scholarship)

SAAS Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS) - 20+ Awards

SAAS Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS) provides some funding for some Scots-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students studying most courses in the School of Engineering, Physics & Mathematics.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees of up to £3,400

Eligibility

Home/EU students studying a number of courses in the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics.SAAS eligibility guidelines can be found here:http://www.student-support-saas.gov.uk/student_support/special_circumstances/postgrad_eligibility.htm

Application Procedure

You can apply from April of the year that you want to study. You should always apply as early as possible.If the course you are applying for is funded and you meet the SAAS eligibility conditions, you should contact your course leader to find out if they will nominate you for a funded place. If they are willing to nominate you, you will be sent an Application Form to complete and return to SAAS.Contact SAAS directly on 0300 300 3135Closing date 31st March 2012

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/epm.htm


(Scholarship)

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Funded Places - 7 Awards

Due to an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy to develop a high-level skills base, the University of Dundee is pleased to announce that we can offer 7 fully-funded places to eligible students starting in September 2013. The funded places cover all tuition fees associated with the MSc programme and applicants classified as Scottish or EU for fee purposes are eligible to apply. Funded places will be awarded competitively to applicants with the strongest applications in the judgement of the course leaders. This will principally be based on a student's prior academic performance, but equivalent work experience may also be taken into account.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3,800

Eligibility

Applicants must be classed as having Scottish/EU fee status by the University of Dundee to be considered for a funded place.

Application Procedure

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please
(i) note this on your UKPASS application, and
(ii) send an e-mail to Dr Jonathan Knappett ([email protected]) stating that you would like to be considered for an SFC Scholarship. Students who have expressed an interest in these places will be notified by the end of June whether they have been successful, so the applications must have been processed by this point. Please note that you may receive an offer admission before a decision has been made on your SFC award application.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/postgraduate/sfc-fully-funded-msc.htm?finda



Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have, or expect to have an honours degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent professional or overseas qualifications, in a relevant academic discipline. For applicants with a non-technical degree, they should hold a 2:1 honours degree or above, and their suitability for one of the MSc programmes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

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