Engineering Geology MSc

The following modules are available in 2023/24 for Engineering Geology MSc and are examples of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change. You will study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules:

Geological investigation and characterisation – 30 credits

This module aims to develop your ability to characterize the ground for engineering geological purposes and develop various types of geological and geotechnical models. You will be able synthesis and evaluate methods used in the field and/or laboratory as part of a site investigation to contribute towards planning and design.

Soils engineering – 30 credits

Taught by the School of Civil Engineering, on this module you will learn the basic principles of soil mechanics and foundation engineering as practiced by civil engineers.

Rock engineering – 30 credits

The module aims to provide the theoretical understanding of Rock Mechanics and the practical knowledge of Rock Engineering, needed by a practicing engineering geologist.

Hydrogeology and contaminant processes – 15 credits

In this module students learn the basics of hydrogeology including the fundamental physics of flow and contaminant transport through porous media, aquifer hydraulic properties and how to measure them, aquifer structure and heterogeneity, issues of groundwater control in construction, and contaminated land investigation, assessment and remediation.

Hazards, resilience and sustainable engineering – 15 credits

Gain an overview of several key engineering geological hazards from landslides to climate change and helps students develop an ability to interpret, analyse and assess hazards, resilience and sustainability in both the technical and economic terms that they will encounter as part of their studies and careers.

Engineering Geology – Dissertation project – 60 credits

Using the knowledge that you have gained throughout your degree you will choose a topic from a range of subject areas and project themes for your independent dissertation. You may have the opportunity to work with our industry partners on your dissertation project.

The full list of module information can be read in the course catalogue.