MSc Engineering Geology(Part-Time)
(Award available for year: Master of Science)
On completion of the programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of how geological principles can be applied to engineering practice;- critically assess data collected in the field and the laboratory and recognize their geotechnical importance;- demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the inter-relationships between geological processes and the behaviour of the ground;- develop a ground investigation programme based on an in-depth knowledge of geological and engineering constraints derived from a critical evaluation of desk study data and the scientific literature;- use their mastery of geological principles to assist engineers in the design of structures;- analyse the safety of slopes, foundations and tunnels/caverns and design suitable remediation measures to mitigate problems and ensure safety under in service conditions, using appropriate analytical and numerical approaches; - demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the discipline;- work autonomously within a structured environment;- conform professional boundaries and norms where appropriate;- be able to communicate the results of their work to both a professional engineering / geological audience or to the public at large.
Transferable (key) skills
Students will have had the opportunity to acquire mastery of: - Methods of project/problem specification and management; - In-depth knowledge of methods for independent study/research; - Critical review of the work of colleagues in a professional environment; - Methods of independent learning which will allow successful participation in continuing professional development as required for professional accreditation by the relevant body (Geological Society of London, Institution of Civil Engineers); - The development of strong teamwork skills within a scientific environment.
Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the programme and will include: - demonstrating the in-depth knowledge of geological principles and techniques relevant to civil engineering; - demonstrating skills competence in areas that cover the broad range of Engineering Geology as a discipline; - showing an advanced understanding of areas not covered within a typical geological training, specifically soil mechanics, rock mechanics and design issues, and knowledge of advanced analytical and numerical techniques in these areas; - a satisfactory demonstration of breadth, as well as depth, of knowledge relevant to the practice of engineering geology; - making reasoned judgements on the basis of incomplete geological data about parameters necessary for design;- ability to work independently, setting appropriate aims/objectives and workplan, in the context of the dissertation project.