Taught course

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum of 60 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering (or a closely related subject) accredited to CEng with a minimum of 60 per cent in Soil mechanics/Geotechnics subjects. Alternatively a minimum of 70 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering (or a closely related subject) accredited to IEng, plus approval from the relevant institution. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome.

If you do not hold the required qualifications, you may still be eligible for the MSc if you have had five years’ experience in the in the geotechnical sector or a professional qualification (for example CEng).

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc will nurture and develop your understanding of the principles and theories behind ground engineering.

Topics include deep foundations in urban areas, tunnelling, foundations for energy infrastructure, deep water energy resources exploration and field monitoring.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and practical understanding of scientific methodology you have acquired on a research project under the guidance and advice of an experienced supervisor.

This will help you develop the skills to acquire, analyse, and critically evaluate data, and then draw valid, defendable conclusions that can withstand professional scrutiny.

Graduates are highly employable, and may progress to relevant specialist PhD or EngD research programmes in the field.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
distance learning
TBC months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

01483 68 2222