MSc Tunnel Engineering 2017/18 entry

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

Overview

Tunnelling, and the use of underground spaces, is an important aspect of the modern urban environment with developments of major underground infrastructure underpinning the changing needs of today’s society through transportation, storage and utilities. Safe and efficient design of these excavations is essential for optimisation and economic utilisation of underground space.

National and global construction industries and associated businesses are coming under considerable pressure to design, build and manage infrastructure in a resource efficient, sustainable and environment friendly manner. To deliver this, they require qualified engineers with a multi-disciplinary skillset and specialist expertise in tunnelling, underground excavation and underground space utilisation.

Camborne School of Mines is uniquely qualified in this area, being at once the UK’s most prestigious specialist mining school and part of a world ranking Russell Group University.

Programme structure 2017/18

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

MSc Tunnel Engineering consists of four core modules totalling 105 credits, which includes the 60-credit research project, and five 15-credit optional modules.

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.

 

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 2017/18

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 2017/18

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.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Current available funding

Contact us

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

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