MSc Geotechnical Engineering

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years or 4 years
Discipline
  • Geology
  • Engineering
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Start date October

Overview

This programme looks at the engineering behaviour of earth materials. It provides students with the multi-disciplinary knowledge of rock engineering, site investigation, data capture and data analysis required to understand the issues facing engineers excavating increasingly ambitious and complex underground spaces. This course is relevant to students entering or working in a range of engineering careers within the construction, environmental and extractive industries.

The programme draws upon the unique expertise of the Camborne School of Mines, with strengths in the areas of rock mechanics and underground excavation, as well as specialist knowledge of working in extreme conditions and with high-stress or difficult ground.

Delivered by staff with strong research interests directly related to the topics covered, modules involve a broad range of activities and teaching delivery methods. This includes workshops using the latest industry relevant computational tools, practical activities and group and individual exercises.

In support of this research-led teaching, key experts from the extractive and construction industry will provide topical insight to the state of the industry and clarify the context for the theory covered in the lectures.

Programme structure

This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.

MSc Geotechnical Engineering consists of four core modules totalling 105 credits, which includes the 60-credit research project.

The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The research project, under the personal supervision of an expert in the chosen area, continues until September.

Core modules
Excavation and Geomechanics 15
Hydrogeology 15
Site Investigation including Geophysics 15
Research Project and Dissertation 60
Optional modules
Health and Safety in the Extractive Industry 15
Project Management 15
Surface Excavation Design 15
Tunnelling and Underground Excavation 15
Geomechanics Computer Modelling for Excavation Design 15
Remote Sensing and GIS Applications 15
Mine Planning and Design 15
Soil and Water Contamination 15

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical activities, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation. The taught part of the programme is structured into two semesters. Field visits and practical field-based assignments are used, where appropriate, to emphasise key areas within each module.

A research- and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics.

Students are encouraged to undertake projects directly linked with industry, which may result in industrial placements for their project period.

Careers

A degree from the Camborne School of Mines will give you the practical and vocational skills to pursue a career in fields related to your degree, such as the extraction or construction industry. It will also give you a range of broader skills in teamwork, problem solving and communication.

We have excellent rates of graduate employment, with many of our postgraduates working abroad after graduation.

The Career Zone (CAS) at our Cornwall Campus provides high-quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines. Our experienced careers team can give you individual support whilst you are at the University and after you have graduated.

Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library of reference books, magazines and journals. A new computer suite is also available for accessing online careers information, vacancy services and specialist software on, for example, sources of funding for courses and worldwide volunteering.

The CAS can help you to identify attractive jobs, careers paths and employers and assist with your CV, interview technique and identifying work experience placements.

Entry requirements 2017

A good honours degree from a recognised university (typically a 2:2 or higher) in a science, earth or environmental science, engineering or maths based subject

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

UK/EU fee £10,000
International fee  £21,000

Pro Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarship

All international applicants who are holding an offer of a place on selected programmes will automatically be considered for these high-value scholarships of up to £7,500 per year of study.

View our 2016 scholarship recipients welcome event photo gallery »

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Current available funding

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of our taught masters programmes, please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0) 1326 371801
Email: cornwall@exeter.ac.uk