Take your first step towards becoming a professional Chartered Engineering Geologist or Chartered Geotechnical Engineer on this BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree course.
You’ll learn the fundamentals of geological science and develop the technical expertise to work on the design and construction of tunnels, roads, dams, and surface and underground mine excavations.
Taking this course makes you eligible for the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Industrial Bursary Scheme. If you're accepted onto this scheme, you'll get a bursary of £1,750 in years 1, 2 and 4, and do a 44-week paid work placement after year 2 and an 8-week paid work placement after year 1 (see below for more details).
Graduates from this course have high levels of employability, and play a key role across many sectors, including construction, mining and quarrying, and offshore and onshore renewable energy. The knowledge, technical skills and and confidence you'll develop on this course, which includes the option of a year working in industry, will open doors to excellent career prospects and opportunities to work for consultants and contractors across the globe.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn at a University where geology and geotechnics have been taught for more than 50 years
- Have the opportunity to apply for the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Industrial Bursary Scheme, which if granted gives you a bursary during academic study years, and access to valuable paid work placements (see below for more details)
- Learn from staff with industry and academic experience, including experience with the British Geological Survey, Atkins and ACOM
- Develop fundamental knowledge of geological science, engineering, mathematics and materials
- Develop knowledge, practical skills and techniques that you will use throughout your career
- Get out of the classroom to put what you learn into practice, collecting samples and analysing results
- Have the opportunity to go on field trips to locations such as the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Norfolk, the Cotswolds, north Scotland, the French Alps
- Get the chance to take an optional paid placement year in the UK or overseas
- You'll also get access to the University's XRF, gamma spectrometry, crystal growth, low temperature physics, geochemistry and palaeontology labs
Facilities you'll use include:
- petrology laboratory
- a soil mechanics laboratory
- rock mechanics and rock physics laboratory
- a photogrammetric suite encompassing remote sensing and GIS
- geotechnics laboratory
- Scanning Electron Microscope
- concrete laboratory
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory work
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- laboratory reports
- oral and poster presentations
- reports on field-based projects
- computer-based assessment
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
This degree offers a fast track towards a career as a professional Chartered Engineering Geologist or Chartered Geotechnical Engineer when you do additional training. After you complete the course, you'll be in high demand on engineering projects in global locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Canada and Hong Kong as well as in the UK.
What can you do with an Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree?
Recent graduates have been involved with:
- major site investigations for international projects
- investigation and stabilisation of old mine workings
- coastal engineering
- flood alleviation projects
- dam site investigation and design
- major tunnelling projects in the UK and overseas
- development of deep mines in South Africa and Australia
What jobs can you do with an Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- graduate engineering geologist
- graduate tunnelling engineer
- graduate geotechnical engineer
- graduate mining geotechnical engineer
- graduate foundation engineer
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. We're the only university in the UK to offer this course with a sandwich work placement year. Your placement will give you at least 44 weeks of paid work experience.
We have great links with employers in the ground and mining engineering industries and will support you in finding a placement. Previous students have secured placements at:
- Ramboll UK
- Mott McDonald
- BAM Ritches
- Peter Brett Associates
- Wardell Armstrong
- Miller Piling
You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. You’ll return to university to complete your studies in year 3 with first-hand knowledge of the industry and valuable experience on your CV.