Taught course

Geotechnical Earthquake and Offshore Engineering

University of Dundee · School of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have, or expect to have an honours degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent professional or overseas qualifications, in a relevant academic discipline. In addition to these requirements, applicants must have a proven strong background in the core subjects of the course. A 5-year degree in Civil Engineering, preferably specialising in geotechnical and/or structural engineering is therefore a prerequisite. In addition, applicants will have to provide evidence showing that they have successfully completed (at least most of) the following course subjects: Soil Mechanics, Earthquake Engineering, Foundation design Retaining Structures, Finite Elements, Soil dynamics, Soil-structure interaction, Computational geotechnics.

Months of entry


Course content

Civil Engineering at Dundee is ranked top in Scotland for research. Students of the highest calibre are therefore attracted to Dundee, being offered a unique opportunity to engage with cutting edge research.

Students studying on our masters programmes benefit from our renowned research expertise and industry experience, and our graduates are highly sought after by employers worldwide.

Please note that all teaching is carried out in English.

Research will be conducted jointly with the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), introducing an international dimension that combines the core strengths of the two research groups, exploiting the state of the art 150g tonne capacity geotechnical centrifuge of the University of Dundee.

The latter is equipped with a latest-technology centrifuge-mounted earthquake simulator capable of reproducing any target waveform, making the Dundee centrifuge facility only one of 3 in Europe capable of earthquake replication. A specially designed split-box for simulation of seismic faulting and its effects on structures is also available, along with a variety of Strong and Equivalent Shear Beam (ESB) Boxes, and sensors (accelerometers, LVDTs, load cells, pore pressure transducers, etc.)

This course is research intensive and tailored to students with a very strong background in geotechnical earthquake engineering.

Students spend 50% of their time at the University of Dundee and 50% at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

1st term at NTUA: September - December (4 months)
Research 1st part: numerical and analytical methods
2nd term at Dundee : January - April (4 months)

Core Modules

  • CE52002: Health, Safety & Environmental Management

Specialist Modules

  • CE50005: Advanced Structural Analysis of Bridges;
  • CE50023: Offshore Geotechnics and Pipelines;
  • CE50024: Geoenvironmental Engineering;
  • CE50025: Soil Dynamics.

3rd term at Dundee : May - July (3 months)

Research 2nd part: experimental methods
4th term at NTUA : August - October (3 months)

Research 3rd part: Completion of MSc Thesis and Journal paper.

The distribution of allocated time between terms 3 and 4 will be flexible, and you may spend more time in either of the universities, depending on your project.

Qualification and course duration


full time
14 months

Course contact details

Dr Jonathan Knappett
+44 (0)1382 384345