Taught course

Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements


UK 2:2 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects, including Earth Science or Civil Engineering fields such as Geology, Earth Science, Geophysics, Civil Engineering, or a related discipline.

Vocational and professional experience within the environmental sector is desirable, but not essential.

Months of entry


Course content

Study MSc Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology at Royal Holloway, University of London and you will be equipped with the scientific knowledge, tools and skills needed to combat the effects of climate change, and align your career with ‘New Green Deal’ recovery programmes in an area of growing demand from key industry employers. You will benefit from first-class research-led teaching and holistic training that combines the disciplines of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, learning how to apply geological information in solving practical problems and harnessing natural resources sustainably.

You’ll study foundational modules in rock and soil mechanics, hydrogeology and fluid flow, GIS, near-surface geophysics, and sequence stratigraphy. The course offers exciting elective modules that will enrich your learning and allow you to follow your chosen areas of specialisation. It also introduces you to key transferable academic skills with students from other MSc degree programmes in Earth Sciences as part of a large and friendly postgraduate community.

Multiple field trips throughout your studies will develop the skills needed for thorough site investigations, and you’ll gain experience of working in small teams to deliver a presentation and executive summary of a particular locality or aspect of the course.

Throughout your studies you’ll benefit from close contact with industry partners through internships, placements and professional practice modules to enhance your employability and prepare for a rewarding career. Your independent research project, forming one-third of the course can involve working on ‘real-life’ engineering projects.

  • You will benefit from first-class research-led teaching, with contributions from professionals from environmental consultancies and engineers, local and regulatory authorities, industry, and leading research institutes.
  • As a member of our renowned Department of Earth Sciences, you’ll contribute towards our leading research culture with your own Independent Research Project.
  • Make use of our extensive range of modern geochemical analysis facilities and computer laboratories as you develop your skills for a rewarding future career.

Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Richard Ghail
+44 01784 276766