Engineering Geology (MSc)

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Engineering Geology at University of Portsmouth

Overview

Ready to apply your geological knowledge to engineering and construction projects both onshore and offshore, and take your studies to postgraduate level? Our MSc Engineering Geology degree course is for you.

You'll learn the advanced skills needed to understand the impact of geological conditions on engineering structures such as tunnels, dams, mines, quarries, offshore platforms and wind farms, plan and conduct detailed investigations into surface and subsurface geology to identify adverse ground conditions, and design suitable remedial measures for these types of structures.

Geological expertise is critical in all types of civil engineering projects – and when you graduate, you'll be able to meet the huge national and international demand for specialist engineering geologists. The course will lead to a career in the environmental, engineering geological and geotechnical sectors.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from expert staff and researchers with extensive expertise in engineering geology and geotechnics.
  • Become skilled in lab, computer and field techniques through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, field work and practical sessions
  • Get hands-on experience of engineering geological mapping techniques, geomorphological and terrain analysis, applied GIS and remote sensing using current industry standard applications and techniques.
  • Take part in field trips, both locally and overseas, to develop your advanced engineering geological and geomorphological mapping and data collection skills.
  • Complete your own research project in the UK or abroad with opportunities to work with industrial partners on a joint project.

Work experience and career planning

We have an extensive Alumni network from our applied geoscience masters courses and very strong industrial links and we'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the environmental, geological and geotechnical industries.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this MSc Engineering Geology degree course

Core modules include:

  • Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Design
  • Rock Mechanics and Engineering Design
  • Contaminated Land and Groundwater
  • Ground Models and Ground Investigation
  • Research Skills and Project

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • fieldwork

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • poster and oral presentations
  • project reports
  • literature reviews
  • lab reports
  • essays
  • examinations

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

Potential roles include geotechnical engineer, engineering geologist, mining engineer and tunneling engineer for major mining companies, as well as environmental, geological and geotechnical consultancies.

What can you do with an Engineering Geology degree?

Our previous graduates have also pursued careers in:

  • Engineering geology consultants
  • Geotechnical consultants and contractors
  • Environmental organisations
  • Marine and offshore consultants
  • Civil service and local government
  • Mining and quarry industries

This course also has strong research skills training, advanced analytical components and an extensive research project, ideal if you wish to pursue further research at PhD level. We'll give you as much support as possible in finding employment through use of our Alumni network, close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant Earth Science or Civil Engineering field such as Geology, Earth Science Civil Engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with industrial and work experience will also be considered.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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