Taught course

Geotechnical Engineering

Newcastle University · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in: earth sciences, civil engineering; geological science; geology; geophysics; maths; physics. You must have a maths background. We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The Geotechnical Engineering MSc will give you the specialist knowledge and training to prepare you for professional practice, meeting the national and international demand for geotechnical engineers.
The MSc gives you an in-depth understanding of geotechnical engineering. It covers topics associated with the engineering behaviour of soils and rocks, geotechnical design, site investigation and testing, and construction practice. Advanced geotechnical specialisms are also taught, including the application of state-of-the art computational tools in design and the engineering of specialist earth structures such as tailing dams.
The MSc is designed for both practising professionals and new graduates in:
  • Earth Sciences
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geological Science
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Maths
  • Physics
This course meets the growing need for engineers skilled in geotechnical engineering across the construction, environmental and energy industries. It highlights cutting edge technologies in geotechnical engineering and provides an understanding of:
  • design and construction
  • project management and health and safety
  • sustainability and environmental impact

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Information for international students

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Accepted by ICE as satisfying the educational requirements for full membership.

Course contact details

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