Taught course

Geotechnical Engineering

University of Birmingham · Department of Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is a good Honours degree in an appropriate discipline (for example, Engineering, Sciences, Geography or Mathematics), and evidence of adequate knowledge of the English language. However, the entrance qualifications vary, as practical experience may be an important consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme has developed an excellent reputation since its inception in 1956. Its purpose is to provide advanced training to civil engineers and geologists who wish to widen their knowledge or to specialise in the field of geotechnical engineering.
The programme includes lectures, design studies, laboratory classes, site visits and individual projects.
The syllabus covers:

  • Physical and mechanical properties of soils
  • Consolidation
  • Shear strength
  • Statistics and numerical methods
  • Earthworks
  • Foundation design
  • Slope stability
  • Earth retaining structures, embankments, dams, tunnelling
  • Engineering geology
  • Ground improvements and environmental ground engineering
  • Earthquake engineering
  • The laboratory testing of soils

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Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


part time
16-24 months
full time
8 months


full time
6-8 months
part time
6-8 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005