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 required to meet the needs of the construction, environmental and extractive industries. You will learn the principles and application of geotechnical engineering in a range of settings.

The course provides an advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • soils and rocks and their engineering properties
  • site investigation, testing, interpretation and reporting
  • construction practice and awareness of safe operation
  • key aspects of geotechnical design, such as foundations and slopes
  • application of mathematical methods and computational tools

Once you have graduated will be able to:

  • identify, generate and interpret data relevant to an engineering scenario
  • employ numerical methods for modelling and analysing problems
  • select and apply ideas, concepts and data to generate innovative designs
  • evaluate the quality of data through testing and measurement equipment in field and lab
  • present and summarise data and critically appraise its significance, using numerical techniques
  • formulate and test key hypotheses using logical and consistent quantitative or qualitative arguments

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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
  • Further details of qualification

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

Course contact details

Academic Secretary (Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology)
+44 (0) 191 208 6418