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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

    Geology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

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

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please see website for more details

  • Last Updated

    22 October 2018

Tunnelling, and the use of underground spaces, is an important aspect of the modern urban environment with developments of major underground infrastructure underpinning the changing needs of today’s society through transportation, storage and utilities. Safe and efficient design of these excavations is essential for optimisation and economic utilisation of underground space.

National and global construction industries and associated businesses are coming under considerable pressure to design, build and manage infrastructure in a resource efficient, sustainable and environment friendly manner. To deliver this, they require qualified engineers with a multi-disciplinary skillset and specialist expertise in tunnelling, underground excavation and underground space utilisation.

Camborne School of Mines is uniquely qualified in this area, being at once the UK’s most prestigious specialist mining school and part of a world ranking Russell Group University.

Reputational and networking benefits

A unique benefit studying at Camborne School of Mines is the community and relations you will gain both during, and after your studies. Camborne School of Mines has a world-class reputation and excellent alumni network, allowing our graduates to prosper in their respective fields in all corners of the globe:

I have worked in many places around the world and have yet to visit a country where I could not find at least one CSM graduate. In fact, there are normally several and they can often be found in influential positions.

Tim Henderson, CSM graduate and current Technical Director at Glencore

Graduate skills and destinations

In addition, a degree form Camborne School of Mines will teach the necessary technical skills and theoretical knowledge required, as well as additional complementary skills relating to communications, teamwork and problem solving. We have excellent rates of graduate employment, with many postgraduates working overseas.

Support and opportunities

The Career Zone (CAS) at our Cornwall Campus provides high-quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines. Our experienced careers team can give you individual support whilst you are at the University and after you have graduated.

Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library of reference books, magazines and journals. A new computer suite is also available for accessing online careers information, vacancy services and specialist software on, for example, sources of funding for courses and worldwide volunteering.

The CAS can help you to identify attractive jobs, careers paths and employers and assist with your CV, interview technique and identifying work experience placements.

Modules

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

MSc Tunnel Engineering consists of four core modules totalling 105 credits, which includes the 60-credit research project, and five 15-credit optional modules.

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.

  • Project and Dissertation
  • Excavation and Geomechanics
  • Health and safety in the Extractive Industry
  • Project Management
  • Underground Construction
  • Underground Excavation Design

Optional modules can include:

  • Production and Cost Estimation
  • Mine Planning and Design
  • Working Environment and Ventilation
  • Mine Automation

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 Tunnel Engineering page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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