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Professional Master of Engineering Geology

Course Description

This new master’s is the only programme of its kind in Australasia. Engineering Geology is a multidisciplinary area applying geological sciences to engineering work, identifying and mitigating geological hazards and aspects of land-use planning.
The Professional Master of Engineering Geology is strongly applied and concentrates on professional training for practitioners, delivered in a 12-month format.
Graduates of the professional master’s will:
*Meet the requirements for IPENZ accreditation of graduate Engineering Geologists
*Undertake a practice-focused personal project
*Be taught by local and international experts and work with industry contacts
*Concentrate on principles of geo-materials, geomorphology, risk and communication as applied to real-life case studies, so they can provide knowledge and advice to engineers in the context of engineering projects.

Qualification specific requirements
Every candidate, shall have one of the following:
*Qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology or Earth Sciences
*Qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, majoring in Civil, Environmental or Natural Resources Engineering (see Notes below)
*Been admitted ad eundem statum with graduate status with suitable preliminary qualification to the University of Canterbury (see Notes below)
*Recognition of prior learning/ experience as assessed by the Programme Director

In addition:
*Have been approved as a candidate by the Dean of Science; and
*Have 15 points of MATH 100-level courses and 15 points from STAT 100-level courses. This requirement may be waived by the Head of Department if the student can demonstrate an existing suitably high level of ability in Mathematics and/or Statistics.

Relevance of undergraduate studies to Engineering Geology and standard of achievement are the main criteria for approval. Canterbury students entering under Regulation 1(a)I will normally be required to have passed GEOL 351 and GEOL 352, and 60 other points in GEOL 300-level courses with a grade average that meets the approval of the Head of Department (the normal requirement is at least a B-grade average for these courses).
Candidates seeking admission may be required to pass a qualifying programme prior to commencing the Professional Master of Engineering Geology.
A relevant tertiary qualification plus work experi¬ence may be deemed appropriate to meet the prerequisite training. Candidates may be required to complete preparatory courses prior to entry.
Students with a B+ grade average and fulfilling all prerequisites will be enrolled first with Programme Director approval, up to a total of 30 students across PMEG and MSc Part I. If fewer than 30 students meeting these criteria enrol as of 3 weeks before the start of the semester, students with a B- to B grade average and fulfilling all prerequisites given in Note 1 will be enrolled with Programme Director approval in the remaining spaces on a merit basis.

Qualification structure and duration
Each course will incorporate a taught component (including field work) and online material. The programme comprises of eight compulsory courses taught over two semesters, plus a 4-month dissertation. The dissertation will comprise of one of the following:
An individual investigation in the field of engineering geology carried out by the student under the supervision of a staff member
A cooperative industry-university project where the student works alongside and with working professionals and carries out an individual investigation based on a research question of interest
The time limit for a candidate studying full-time shall normally be 12 months. The time limit for a candidate studying part-time shall normally be two years, but in exceptional circumstances the time limit may be a maximum of five years, with approval from the Programme Director.

Entry Requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

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