Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc

Why choose this course

The MSc in Advanced Geotechnical Engineering will equip you with fundamental skills and knowledge that will enable you to pursue a range of exciting careers or further study in the geotechnical engineering sector.

You will be taught in first-class facilities by academics who are leaders in the geotechnical area, as well as receiving specialist lectures by visiting academics and practising engineers from industry.

What you will study

Our Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc will nurture and develop your understanding of the principles and theories behind ground engineering.

This programme will give you the skills you need to address real-world ground engineering problems and the technological challenges faced every day by the geotechnical engineering profession. Topics 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 the knowledge and practical understanding of scientific methodology you have acquired on a research project under the guidance and advice of an experienced supervisor. This will help you develop the skills to acquire, analyse, and critically evaluate data, and then draw valid, defendable conclusions that can withstand professional scrutiny.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months February 2019
MSc Part-time 60 months February 2019
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2018
MSc Distance-learning 60 months October 2018
MSc Part-time 60 months October 2018
MSc Distance-learning 60 months February 2019

Professional recognition

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
Accredited by CIHT as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
Accredited by IHE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Accredited by ICE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
Accredited by IStructE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)
This Programme is accredited by the European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Academic support, facilities and equipment

Modules are taught by academic members in the geotechnical area, and some lectures for the Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc will be delivered by visiting academics and practicing engineers from industry.

You will also be allocated a personal tutor to guide you during your time with us at the University. You can expect a varied, stimulating and rewarding time here and will receive all the support you need to progress your learning. 

In addition to the our Library and Learning Centre’s extensive resources, our excellent testing facilities can support experimentally based MSc dissertation projects. 

Distance learning

This programme can be studied via distance learning, which allows a high level of flexibility and enables you to study alongside other commitments you may have.

Learn more about distance learning programmes (PDF).

Prizes

VJ Tech Prize for Best MSc Student in Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

A prize of £1,000, sponsored by VJ Tech, one of the world’s top geotechnical engineering manufacturers specialising in advanced soil testing equipment for labs.

The prize will be awarded to the best performing student(s) on the MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering based on module results and overall performance during the programme.

The £1,000 may be awarded to an individual student or split between two students displaying the best performance in their MSc programme.

Keller Prize for Best MSc Project in Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

A prize of £500 sponsored by Keller Group plc, the world’s largest independent ground engineering contractor.

The prize will be awarded to the student(s) with the best MSc Dissertation completed as part of the MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering, as defined by the course leader according to the module results and potential impact of the output of the individual project.

The £500 may be awarded to an individual student or split between a number of students displaying the best performance in their MSc Dissertations.

Programme leader

BHATTACHARYA S Prof (Civl Env Eng)

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

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

Year 1

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

Postgraduate Certificate:
- Advanced Soil Mechanics
- 2 further Geotechnical modules
- 1 module from any module group
Postgraduate Diploma:
- All modules in the Geotechnical module group
- 3 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
ENGM271 Geotechnical Structures

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Optional Modules - SEMESTER 1:

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM271 Geotechnical Structures

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

Selected Bridge Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM029 Bridge Management
ENGM032 Steel and Composite Bridge Design
ENGM052 Long-span Bridges

Unstructured (3-5 years)

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Postgraduate Certificate:
- Advanced Soil Mechanics
- 2 further Geotechnical modules
- 1 module from any module group
Postgraduate Diploma:
- All modules in the Geotechnical module group
- 3 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
ENGM271 Geotechnical Structures

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Optional Modules - SEMESTER 1:

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM271 Geotechnical Structures

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

Selected Bridge Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM029 Bridge Management
ENGM032 Steel and Composite Bridge Design
ENGM052 Long-span Bridges

Timetable

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

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/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. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also accepted. Alternatively, at least five years’ relevant industrial experience or a professional qualification (for example, CEng).

View entry requirements by country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time February 2019 £9,800 £19,800
Part-time February 2019 £1,100* £2,200*
Full-time October 2018 £9,800 £19,800
Distance-learning October 2018 £1,100* £2,200*
Part-time October 2018 £1,100* £2,200*
Distance-learning February 2019 £1,100* £2,200*
* per 15 credits

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2018-19 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

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