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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Geology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2-4 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see website for details

  • Last Updated

    22 October 2018

Geotechnical engineering examines the engineering behaviour of earth materials and is relevant to all engineering and construction practices that are concerned with the ground on both a surface level and within it. Geotechnical engineers investigate the ground and measure the chemical properties, evaluate the stability of the area and design earthworks and structure foundations enabling projects to take place.

The programme is multi-disciplinary in nature, and provides students with the knowledge of rock engineering, site investigation, data capture and data analysis required to understand the issues facing engineers excavating increasingly ambitious and complex underground spaces. This course is relevant to students entering or working in a range of engineering careers within the construction, environmental and extractive industries.

Featured content draws upon the unique expertise of the Camborne School of Mines, with strengths in the areas of rock mechanics and underground excavation, as well as specialist knowledge of working in extreme conditions and with high-stress or difficult ground.

Delivered by staff with strong research interests directly related to the topics covered, modules involve a broad range of activities and teaching delivery methods. This includes workshops using the latest industry relevant computational tools, practical activities and group and individual exercises.

In support of this research-led teaching, key experts from the extractive and construction industry will provide topical insight to the state of the industry and clarify the context for the theory covered in the lectures.

Modules

This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.

MSc Geotechnical Engineering consists of four core modules totalling 105 credits, which includes the 60-credit research project.

The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The research project, under the personal supervision of an expert in the chosen area, continues until September.

Please note constituent modules and pathways may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.

Compulsory modules

  • Project and Dissertation;
  • Excavation and Geomechanics
  • Hydrogeology
  • GIS and Remote Sensing

Optional modules

  • Health and Safety in the Extractive Industry
  • Project Management
  • Surface Extractive Design
  • Mine Planning Design
  • Underground Excavation Design
  • Soil and Water Contamination
  • Underground Construction
  • Site Investigation including Near Surface Geophysics

Learning and teaching

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical activities, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation. The taught part of the programme is structured into two semesters. Field visits and practical field-based assignments are used, where appropriate, to emphasise key areas within each module.

A research- and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics.

Students are encouraged to undertake projects directly linked with industry, which may result in industrial placements for their project period.


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

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