You will take two terms of lectures (class and computer-based practical work) and laboratory classes, as well as a significant period of individual work, leading to the submission of a dissertation.
Taught modules cover the fundamental topics of the engineering geology discipline and will run over two semesters. The central modules covering ground investigating, sol mechanics and rock mechanics run across both semesters.
You will also take part in supervised fieldtrips, and where opportunity allows, ground investigations and construction site visits.
Semesters 1 and 2
Alongside these modules you will study the more specialist subjects of Hydrogeology and Contaminated Land in Semester 1, and Hazards and Sustainable Engineering in Semester 2.
The second semester culminates in a fieldtrip, during which you will put into practice all that you have learnt in the course so far.
From April to August you will then undertake an independent research project, often involving external collaboration
Upon completion of the taught component of the course you will undertake a substantial research project that will enable you to put into practice many of the aspects you have learnt on the course. For the final third of the course there is usually no other activity than the project which allows the tackling of some complicated and highly relevant topics.
Many of these projects involve direct collaboration with industry working of large-scale active projects and can involve both laboratory and field-work.
Fieldwork forms an integral part of this course and is directly linked to learning outcomes in the classroom.
An introductory trip will be held during induction week, serving as an excellent introduction to the field of Engineering Geology. You will also take a weeklong trip around the Easter period which is a more focused trip and gives the opportunity to put into practice everything you have learned in the first two terms.
There are also a number of potential one day trips through the year to visit active construction sites. The timings and details of these will vary from year to year, but they are always a beneficial window into the world of professional practice.
You can also study this course part-time over two years. Please contact the Admissions Team if you are interested in pursuing this route and we can be more specific with the part-time study requirements and time commitments. However, please note that there is one single mechanism for studying this course part-time, which involves the equivalent of full-time attendance on a Monday and Tuesday in the first year and Thursday and Friday in the second.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Engineering Geology module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Engineering Geology MSc Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Engineering Geology MSc Part Time in the course catalogue
Geological Investigation and Characterisation
Engineering Geology: Dissertation Project
Hydrogeology and Contaminant Processes
Hazards, Resilience and Sustainable Engineering
Learning and teaching
As outlined in the course content section above, you will be taught via lectures, individual and group class-based practicals, laboratory practicals, field courses and independent project work.
You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will maintain contact with you throughout the year and offer pastoral guidance. They will help you to settle into the university and clarify any procedures, as well as helping you prepare for employment on graduation. You will also receive administrative support from SEE’s dedicated Student Education Support office.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You will be assessed on your practical, written and oral assignments, these include a range of activates from laboratory reports to examinations. Throughout the course there is opportunity for formative feedback on assessments ahead of summative assessments. Reflecting professional practice some modules are assessed entirely by project based coursework, while the integrity of the accreditation is maintained through more structured assessment in the technical elements.
Developing effective team working skills is key to working as an engineering geologist where you often work as part of large multi-disciplinary projects, and to reflect this some of these assessments are undertaken as group work to offer an authentic experience of the diversity of a professional team.
The project module tests your ability both to undertake and effectively communicate a science project with an emphasis on critical analysis of your own work.