University of Dundee

MSc Geotechnical Engineering


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Dundee, Scotland

United Kingdom

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Degrees Offered:

MSc Geotechnical Engineering

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSc in Geotechnical Engineering is part of the Division of Civil Engineering's extensive programme of postgraduate studies and research. The course builds on the Division's renowned research expertise and industrial collaborations in current aspects of geotechnical engineering, including:

  • Offshore engineering (incl. Oil and Gas, Marine Renewables & Aquaculture)
  • Foundation design
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Ground improvement

The course is supported (separately) by both the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre in the form of full scholarships with industry-linked projects, recognising the importance of geotechnical engineering to key sectors of the Scottish economy.

Key reasons include:

  • Better preparation for successful careers in industry, commerce or academia
  • Development of fundamental skills in analytical and numerical modelling in geotechnical, structural and soil-structure interaction areas
  • Development of skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of topical specialist fields
  • Participation in the research activities of a world-class department
  • A wide range of research projects are available in any of the following areas: offshore engineering (foundations, anchors, pipelines and offshore processes), marine engineering for aquaculture, earthquake engineering (foundations during earthquakes, liquefaction, faulting), foundation engineering and ground improvement. Some of these projects will be linked to industry
  • Development of transferable skills in research methods, communication and management of large and small scale projects
  • Part-time students have the option of relating their research project directly to ongoing work within their employment


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