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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Engineering Geology

Programme code:MSC-ENG-GEOLUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Jared West Contact address:l.j.west@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

An upper second class honours degree in Earth Science, Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, or a related discipline. Lower qualifications may be considered on an ad hoc basis supported by relevant industrial experience. Mathematics to AS or A level (pass grade) or international equivalent is required, but this requirement can be waived on an ad hoc basis given appropriate mathematical content of first degree or industrial experience.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth Sciences

Programme specification:

The programme will allow students to:

- develop a broad range of knowledge in order to allow professional practice in any aspect of engineering geology;
- be trained in relevant field and laboratory techniques for the practice of engineering geology;
- develop critical analysis and advanced knowledge of the application of geological and geomorphological processes and knowledge to civil engineering design;
- gain an in-depth knowledge of engineering geology;
- develop numeracy skills essential to the professional practice of engineering geology;
- develop knowledge and skills in soils engineering and rock engineering sufficient to allow professional competence in these areas to the level normally expected for practising engineering geologists;
- develop the skills required to use modern analytical and numerical approaches to solve geotechnical problems such as soil and rock slope design, underground space design;
- develop essential teamwork and professional skills to allow successful project completion in a professional engineering framework;
-develop skills required to digitally manipulate data from borehole sampling and geotechnical testing in industry standard software, for facilitating construction of geological and geotechnical models.

The successful completion of the degree programme allows candidates with the appropriate first degree qualifications and after gaining the required professional experience, to seek professional accreditation for the award of Chartered Geologist from the Geological Society, or Chartered Engineer (CEng) from the Engineering Council through the Institute of Civil Engineers.

The strengths of the degree programme here in Leeds include:
a) A learning experience within an environment of active research;
b) Good collaboration with industry, locally, nationally and internationally;
c) A strong emphasis on site visits and field courses to demonstrate engineering geology in practice and develop additional field skills appropriate to the subject area;
d) Extensive communication, employment-related and team skills development;
e) Excellent interaction with industry, eg Dissertation Projects in collaboration with practicing professionals;
f) The valued contribution of colleagues from industry in aspects of course delivery;
g) Introduction to state-of-the-art analytical and numerical approaches used in rock and soil engineering


Students who have fewer than 90 credits with an overall credit weighted average of 50% from their taught modules at the end of semester 2, will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their resits the student has achieved the required number of credits to allow them to potentially achieve an MSc, they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity - this is usually in the next academic year.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits to progress to project after their re-sits, or they do not wish to continue to their project, they will be awarded either a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate dependent on the award criteria for their programme.

For the award of MSc in Engineering Geology, 180 credits must be accrued by successful completion of all modules.
For the award of PG Diploma in Engineering Geology, 90 credits must be accrued by successful completion of modules.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5017MGeological Investigation and Characterisation30 credits 
SOEE5030MSoils Engineering30 credits 
SOEE5045MRock Engineering30 credits 
SOEE5050MEngineering Geology: Dissertation Project60 credits 
SOEE5070MHydrogeology and Contaminant Processes15 credits 
SOEE5531MHazards, Resilience and Sustainable Engineering15 credits 

Note: Any candidate who has successfully completed any module(s) above whilst registered on another University of Leeds degree scheme is not allowed to retake it/them. Instead, students will accrue the same number of credits by taking any alternative level 5 modules from this list (or any other level 5 module in the university, subject to the agreement of the course director and timetabling feasibility).

Last updated: 04/11/2016

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