Taught course

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Institution
University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

A minimum of 50 per cent in a UK honours degree in Civil Engineering (or Geology, Engineering Geology and other allied subjects), or equivalent recognised international degree. Applicants will be considered on an individual basis, based on strength in specific subjects related to the MSc Programme and/or professional experience..

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Geotechnical engineering – the mechanics of the earth’s materials – is a sector with a huge global skills shortage, meaning that well-trained geotechnical engineers are in high demand.

Our Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue an exciting career in the geotechnical engineering sector, including offshore and earthquake geotechnics.

You’ll be taught in highly specialised facilities such as our geotechnical lab, which has recently benefitted from a £450,000 investment, by academics who are leaders in their field. Throughout your course, you’ll also benefit from the expert knowledge of specialist guest speakers, including visiting academics and engineers working in the industry.

Our MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering will develop your understanding of the principles and theories behind ground engineering, from soil mechanics to site investigation, advanced soil testing and foundation design. We’ll provide you with the necessary skills to address technological challenges in the geotechnical engineering sector.

You’ll explore topics including deep foundations in urban areas, tunnelling, foundations for energy infrastructure and major bridges, deep water energy resources exploration and field monitoring.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work on a research project, enabling you to acquire, analyse and critically evaluate data, then draw valid conclusions from it. It will test your understanding of scientific methodology, and allow you to graduate as a confident and capable geotechnical engineer.

The course covers the following:

  • Fundamental soil mechanics and its modelling using numerical approaches
  • Testing of soils for obtaining design parameters – we use our purpose-built SAGE laboratory for teaching
  • Analysis techniques: Simplified (Spreadsheet based), Standard (code-based methods or simple software), Advanced (Finite Element Method)
  • Design and construction of foundations for bridges, buildings, offshore structures, tunnels and deep basements in busy cities

  • Dissertation on a geotechnical topic

  • Back analysis of collapse of foundations

Information for international students

We are proud to be one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK, with more than 140 nationalities playing a role in university life.

We are here to help you throughout the application process – from advising on choosing the right course to applying for a visa and preparing for your first few weeks at Surrey.

For more information please go to - https://www.surrey.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    flexible
    60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
admissions@surrey.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1483 682222