Geotechnical Engineering (MSc)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University

The Geotechnical Engineering MSc will give you the specialist knowledge required to meet the needs of the construction, environmental and extractive industries. You will learn the principles and application of geotechnical engineering in a range of settings.

The course provides an advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • soils and rocks and their engineering properties
  • site investigation, testing, interpretation and reporting
  • construction practice and awareness of safe operation
  • key aspects of geotechnical design, such as foundations and slopes
  • application of mathematical methods and computational tools

Once you have graduated will be able to:

  • identify, generate and interpret data relevant to an engineering scenario
  • employ numerical methods for modelling and analysing problems
  • select and apply ideas, concepts and data to generate innovative designs
  • evaluate the quality of data through testing and measurement equipment in field and lab
  • present and summarise data and critically appraise its significance, using numerical techniques
  • formulate and test key hypotheses using logical and consistent quantitative or qualitative arguments

Delivery

You will study compulsory modules plus optional modules, followed by a research project written up as a dissertation. The teaching methods on the course include:

  • formal lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • open learning
  • group projects
  • computing workshops
  • laboratory work
  • fieldwork
  • site visits

Numerous contributions are made to the course by prominent visitors from the construction industry. Assessment is by formal written examinations, course work, the dissertation, and oral presentations. All modules are taught in one or two week blocks.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), comprising ICE, IStructE, CIHT and IHIE, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for students with an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng Honours degree or Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc Honours degree

Facilities

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.

  • Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories
  • Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study48 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/geotechnical-engineering-msc/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in:

  • earth sciences
  • civil engineering
  • geological science
  • geology
  • geophysics
  • maths
  • physics

You must have a maths background.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)    
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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