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MSc (Eng) Geotechnical Engineering

Programme code:MSE-CV/GTE-FUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Barry Clarke Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in civil engineering or a related engineering, science or mathematical discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied.

For candidates with at least one year’s relevant experience, bachelor degrees with a 2:2 may be considered.

Applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates will also be considered.

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

School of Civil Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Civil Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Exam Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Professional Body Offering Accreditation:

Joint Board of Moderators, Institution of Civil Engineers (sought)

Programme specification:

The programme will allow students to:
• develop a broad range of knowledge in order to allow professional practice in geotechnical engineering;
• be trained in relevant field and laboratory techniques for the practice of geotechnical engineering;
• develop critical analysis and advanced knowledge of the application of geological and geomorphological processes to civil engineering design;
• gain an in-depth knowledge of geotechnical engineering;
• develop the skills required to use modern analytical and numerical approaches to solve geotechnical problems such as design of foundations, slopes, retaining structures, and underground space;
• develop essential teamwork and professional skills to allow successful project completion in a professional engineering framework;
• develop a ground model.
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 Engineer (CEng) from the Engineering Council through the Institute of Civil Engineers.
The strengths of the degree programme here in Leeds include:
• A learning experience within an environment of active research;
• Good collaboration with industry, locally, nationally and internationally;
• Extensive communication, employment-related and team skills development;
• Introduction to state-of-the-art analytical and numerical approaches used in geotechnical engineering
• A practical focus on geotechnical design as a means of managing geotechnical risk
• A practical focus on the management of construction of geotechnical structures.
For the award of MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, 165 credits must be accrued by successful completion of all modules including the project module.
For the award of PG Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering, 90 credits must be accrued by successful completion of modules.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules:

CIVE5160MGeotechnical Investigation and Characterisation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CIVE5161MEnergy Geotechnics15 creditsSemester 2
CIVE5162MConstituitive Models and Numerical Analysis15 creditsSemester 1
CIVE5164MTransport Infrastructure Strategy15 creditsSemester 2
CIVE5165MGeotechnical Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
CIVE5575MGroundwater Pollution and Contaminated Land15 creditsSemester 2
CIVE5671MGeotechnical Engineering (MSc)15 creditsSemester 1
CIVE5975MFoundation Engineering (MSc)15 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 13/05/2019


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