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Geotechnical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship MSc

University of Leeds · School of Earth and Environment

Entry requirements

  • A degree in geoscience, civil engineering or a related science or mathematical discipline where relevant subject areas to engineering geology or geotechnical engineering have been studied. Typically this will be a bachelor’s degree with a 2:1 (hons) classification or above. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree with a 2:2 (hons) with significant relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Demonstrate strong engineering and maths knowledge.

  • Be employed in an appropriate role and at an appropriate level, in either a levy-paying or non-levy paying institution. Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Applications for this course should be made via the line manager in the first instance. Employers should contact the School of Earth and Environment for more information.

  • Have a satisfactory application.

In addition, prior to being submitted for the End Point Assessment you will be required to show that you have achieved GCSE English Language / English Literature and Mathematics at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme), or have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics (or any agreed equivalencies).

Individuals are eligible for apprenticeship funding through an employer’s apprenticeship service account or government-employer co-investment if they have a valid and eligible residency status. Non-UK nationals are eligible for funding if they have permission from the UK government to live in the UK (not for educational purposes), and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship. Full eligibility criteria are outlined in Annex A of the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Apprenticeship Funding Rules.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Here at the University of Leeds, we’ve been training ground engineering professionals for over 50 years. We have strong links with local and national ground engineering contractors and consultants, ensuring our teaching and research is up-to-date and relevant to the latest industry trends.

Our Geotechnical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship MSc is designed to deliver the Geotechnical engineer (integrated degree) standard from the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education.

It meets the demands of a range of job titles within the ground engineering sector including Engineering Geologist, Geo-environmental Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer and Tunnelling Engineer, to name a few.

The apprenticeship will provide you with an extensive understanding of the ground, geological and design processes vital to all construction and infrastructure projects. You’ll also have chance to put taught theoretical skills into practice, with access to industry-grade equipment and facilities throughout the course.

You will develop the knowledge and advanced skill set in soil and rock engineering, hydrogeology, ground investigation and sustainable approaches to modern engineering required to progress your career in industry.

Study option

You may also be interested in our Geotechnical Engineering MSc (Eng), which can be studied as a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time course.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Learn the latest innovations in engineering and geology from the impactful, globally-renowned research conducted across School of Earth and Environment and the School of Civil Engineering which feeds directly into the course.

  • Advance your knowledge and gain a grounding in the application of geological principles to a wide range of fields appropriate to ground, civil, environmental and mining engineering.

  • Access research-grade equipment and specialist facilities including rock mechanics, engineering geology and geotechnical (RMEGG) laboratories and dedicated computing facilities.

  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team consisting of geoscientists and researchers who specialise in industry-relevant areas like geo-engineering, innovative design and sustainable approaches to modern infrastructure developments.
  • Study in a School with over 50 years of experience in training ground engineers which regularly hosts the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group (Institution of Civil Engineers) and is involved with the Yorkshire Regional Group of the Geological Society.

Information for international students

This degree is open to UK applicants only.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees will be paid by the employer organisation through the UK Apprenticeship Scheme, subject to eligibility.

No funding is applicable to this apprenticeship as your fees will be paid by the employer organisation through the UK Apprenticeship Scheme, subject to eligibility.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Earth and Environment Admissions