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Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

**Why choose this course**
Become an expert in where engineering meets the natural world.

Our MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a range of exciting careers in the geotechnical engineering sector.

You will be taught in highly-specialised facilities by academics who are leaders in the geotechnical area. You will also benefit from specialist lectures from experts outside the University, including visiting academics and engineers working in the industry.

**What you will study**
Our MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering will develop your understanding of the principles and theories behind ground engineering. It will teach you the skills you need to solve real-world ground engineering problems and address the technological challenges faced every day in the geotechnical engineering sector.

The topics you will cover on this course include deep foundations in urban areas, tunnelling, foundations for energy infrastructure, deep water energy resources exploration, and field monitoring.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to a research project, under the guidance of an experienced and supportive supervisor. This will help you develop the skills you need to acquire, analyse and critically evaluate data, and then draw valid, defendable conclusions that can withstand professional scrutiny. It will put your understanding of scientific methodology to the test, and allow you to graduate as a confident and capable geotechnical engineer.

Entry requirements

MSc: A minimum of 60 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering (or a closely related subject) accredited to CEng, with a minimum of 60 per cent in Soil Mechanics or Geotechnics. Alternatively, a minimum of 70 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering (or a closely related subject) accredited to IEng, plus approval from the relevant institution. We'll also accept a recognised equivalent international qualification. At least five years of relevant industrial experience or a professional qualification (for example, CEng) will also be considered if you don't meet these requirements.

English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

Course modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

FULL-TIME

Year 1

DISSERTATION PROJECT - Compulsory
ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS - Compulsory
APPLIED CHEMISTRY AND MICROBIOLOGY - Optional
BRIDGE LOADING AND ANALYSIS - Optional
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & LAW - Optional
CONSTRUCTION ORGANISATION - Optional
DURABILITY OF BRIDGES AND STRUCTURES - Optional
ENERGY GEOTECHNICS - Compulsory
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH - Optional
INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING - Optional
INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS, INTERDEPENDENCIES AND RESILIENCE - Optional
PRESTRESSED CONCRETE BRIDGE DESIGN - Optional
SPATIAL STRUCTURES - Optional
STEEL BUILDING DESIGN - Optional
STRUCTURAL MECHANICS & FINITE ELEMENTS - Optional
WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND SEWERAGE - Optional
WATER TREATMENT - Optional
BRIDGE MANAGEMENT - Optional
BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING - Optional
CONCRETE BUILDING DESIGN - Optional
DEEP FOUNDATIONS AND EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES - Compulsory
EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING - Optional
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING - Optional
INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT - Optional
POLLUTION CONTROL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT - Optional
PROJECT AND RISK MANAGEMENT - Optional
REGULATION AND MANAGEMENT - Optional
SOIL-STRUCTURE INTERACTION - Compulsory
STEEL AND COMPOSITE BRIDGE DESIGN - Optional
STRUCTURAL SAFETY AND RELIABILITY - Optional
SUSTAINABILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE - Optional
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND HYDRAULIC MODELLING - Optional

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

PGCert:
- Advanced Soil Mechanics
- 2 further Geotechnical modules
- 1 module from any module group

PGDip:
- All modules in the Geotechnical module group
- 4 modules from any module group

Master of Science:
As for PGDip plus a Dissertation on a Geotechnical Engineering topic

SEMESTER 1 Geotechnical Engineering Module
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Optional Modules - SEMESTER 1:

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics

Selected Structural Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM043 Spatial Structures
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements

Selected Construction Management Group Modules:
ENGM222 Construction Management and Law
ENGM238 Construction Organisation

Selected Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM264 Infrastructure Systems, Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM263 Infrastructure Investment and Financing

Selected Water & Environmental Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM034 Environmental Health
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology

Selected Bridge Engineering Group modules:
ENGM030 Bridge Loading and Analysis
ENGM031 Pre-stressed concrete bridge design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges and Structures

SEMESTER 2 Geotechnical Engineering Module
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures.

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Optional Modules - SEMESTER 2:

Selected Structural Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM050 Structural Safety and Reliability
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering

Selected Construction Management Group Modules:
ENGM239 Bridge Management

Selected Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling

Selected Water and Environment Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM057 Water Resources Management & Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM038 Pollution Control and waste management
ENGM040 Regulation and Management
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing

Selected Bridge Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM029 Bridge Management
ENGM032 Steel and Composite Bridge Design

Please see our website for PT & DL modules.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2019 60 Months
MSc Full-time February 2020 12 Months
MSc Distance learning February 2020 60 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 60 Months
MSc Part-time February 2020 60 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 12 Months

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