This programme develops the skills of graduate Earth scientists and allied professionals to meet the needs and requirements of the extractive industries, consultants and contractors, and other branches of civil engineering, and to satisfy the national and international demand for specialist engineering geologists with advanced training in geotechnical engineering. You take compulsory modules (60 credits) and optional modules (40 credits), including a one-week field class, followed by a research project written up as a dissertation (80 credits). Compulsory modules include: rock engineering; foundation design; geoskills and geomechanics; slopes and walls; research methods; investigation, testing and interpretation. Optional modules include: field class; groundwater assessment; environmental geology; the construction business; contaminated land.
A full range of teaching methods is used including formal lectures, tutorials, seminars, open learning, group projects, computing workshops, laboratory and fieldwork, and site visits. Assessment is by formal written examinations, course work, a dissertation, and oral and poster presentations. A programme of weekly seminars is provided by prominent visitors from the construction industry in the first term.
This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, Insti