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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.
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This Masters course focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences.
Geotechnics provides insight into geological engineering design work and highlights complications that can arise from engineering production.
Mineral exploration geoscience is concerned with the location of ore and industrial minerals found within the earth. The work of exploration geologists is essential to energy and production industries as it acts as a starting point for extraction.
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.
Our Geotechnical Engineering course covers the practical application of geotechnical engineering to reduce construction risk and optimise the design of geotechnical structures to ensure that they are safe, sustainable and resilient.
Global change has profound effects on soils that are observed throughout the world. This emphasizes the need to train more people worldwide who understand how soils react to global change and are able to develop preventive actions and remediation strategies to increase soil resilience.