School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
This programme aims to provide specialist geotechnical knowledge, which meets the needs of the construction, environmental and extractive industries.
For the MSc you complete compulsory modules (100 credits) followed by a research project written up as a dissertation (80 credits). For the Diploma you take modules to a total of 80 credits, drawn from the majority offered on the MSc programme, together with a 40-credit project and dissertation.
Compulsory modules for the MSc and Diploma are: research methods; characteristics and baseline reporting; foundation design; geoskills and geomechanics; slopes and walls; soil modelling and numerical methods; ground improvement techniques; contaminated land. For the MSc you also take modules in rock engineering and groundwater assessment.
Teaching methods include formal lectures, tutorials, seminars, open learning, group projects, computing workshops, laboratory and fieldwork, and site visits. Assessment is by formal written examinations, course work, the 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