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Postgraduate taught

MSc/PgDip Applied Geotechnics

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full-time
2 or 4 years part-time
Entry year 2020
Contact

Web: Enquire online 
Phone: +44 (0) 1326 371801

Programme director: 
Mr Paul Wheeler

Entry requirements

2:2 honours degree

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Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Geology

Overview

  • Taught by the internationally established Camborne School of Mines (CSM), a combined mining school and geoscience department
  • For geology and engineering graduates wishing to specialise in applied geotechnics
  • Explore the prediction and measurement of damage caused by natural disasters, and innovative ways to reduce and prevent future issues through the construction of structures such as dams
  • Graduate with the skills to undertake professional employment in the civil, environmental, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering and mining-related industries
  • Gain specialist knowledge in tunnel, surface and underground excavation design, and applied hydrogeology and risk assessment.

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14th in the world for Mining and Minerals Engineering

QS University World Rankings 2019

Leading research facilities include £2 million analytical mineralogy labs and an automated QEMSCAN scanning electron microscope; the first in any university worldwide

Multidisciplinary expertise in mining and minerals engineering, geology and surveying

Based on our Penryn Campus in Cornwall, a beautiful and diverse county with amazing geosites on your doorstep

Accreditations

Engineering Council - This degree is accredited as a technical programme, meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.

IOM3 - Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

Entry requirements

All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a good honours degree from a recognised university (typically a 2:2 or higher) in a mining, geological, engineering, science or mathematical discipline.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

You will study 180 credits to obtain an MSc and 120 credits for a PgDip. You can either study the course full time over a year or part-time over 2 or 4 years.

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.

Fees

UK/EU fees per year:

MSc:
£10,950 full time
£3,650 part time (where available)

PgDip:
£7,300 full-time (where available)

International fees per year:

MSc:
£22,950 full-time

PgDip:
£15,300 full-time (where available)

Global Excellence Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships are available for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.

Women in Mining Scholarship

The Women in Mining (UK) organisation and Camborne School of Mines Trust is delighted to offer two exceptional female students on a mining-related course a scholarship of £6,000 to support their studies. The scholarships will be awarded at the panel’s discretion to the applicants considered most deserving of the award. Find out more on our website.

Teaching and research

The taught part of the programme is structured into two terms. Field visits and practical field-based assignments are used, where appropriate, to emphasise key areas within each module.

For the award of the Masters (MSc), you must pass four modules and complete a project and dissertation. To obtain a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), you must pass two modules and a project with dissertation.

Project

The project is undertaken from June to September, after the second semester examinations. Completed dissertations must be submitted by mid-September. You are encouraged to undertake projects directly linked with industry, which may result in industrial placements for the project period. The projects are normally design-based and allow further specialisation in a topic that is of particular interest to you. This could involve the use of state-of-the-art engineering design software, risk and hazard analysis and other analytical techniques.

Timetables are designed to allow the completion of the modules and the project within one calendar year. For part-time (block release) attendance, the completion of the MSc or Diploma must normally be within three calendar years.

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. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

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Careers

Reputational and networking benefits

A unique benefit studying at Camborne School of Mines is the community and relations you will gain both during, and after your studies. Camborne School of Mines has a world-class reputation and excellent alumni network, allowing our graduates to prosper in their respective fields in all corners of the globe:

“I have worked in many places around the world and have yet to visit a country where I could not find at least one CSM graduate. In fact, there are normally several and they can often be found in influential positions.”

Tim Henderson, CSM graduate and current Technical Director at Glencore

Graduate skills and destinations

In addition, a degree form Camborne School of Mines will teach the necessary technical skills and theoretical knowledge required, as well as additional complementary skills relating to communications, teamwork and problem solving. We have excellent rates of graduate employment, with many postgraduates working overseas.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to enjoy careers as geotechnical engineer, rock mechanics engineer, geologist, design engineer and tunnelling engineer. Our graduates have gone to work for some exceptional companies such as Cross Rail and Bam Nutthallt. This information has been taken from the

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2011-2016). Please note that, due to data protection, the job title and organisation do not necessarily correspond.

Support and opportunities

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

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