Masters degrees in Geotechnology are primarily concerned with the engineering behaviour of earth materials, the products they contain, and their relationship with civil structures.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Geographical Information Systems. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as Engineering.
Courses in this field are often interdisciplinary in approach, combining theories and methodologies from disciplines such as Soil Science, Geology, Civil Engineering, and Urban Planning.
You may specialise in areas such as deep foundations and slope stability for civil structures, urban and transport planning (including tunnelling), or sustainable resource exploitation (including renewable energy). This may include analysis of rock formations, soil, elements they contain such as petroleum, coal and minerals.
Monitoring site conditions is also a key component on most courses, and may therefore include training in geomatics such as GIS (geographic information systems), and geovisualisation such as topography.
Careers may include roles in the frontline engineering and design of civil structures, or the mining of resources. They may also include financial management and procurement for construction sites, or policy and regulation for engineering practise.