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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Engineering Geology (Part-Time)

Programme code:MSC-ENGGEO-PUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Mark Hildyard Contact

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:

Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

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, the largest employment sector of professional geoscientists. This will be achieved through training in relevant field and laboratory techniques for the practice of engineering geology and the development numeracy skills essential to the professional practice of engineering geology.

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 learning experience within an environment of active research;
• Good collaboration with industry, locally, nationally and internationally;
• Site visits and field courses to demonstrate engineering geology in practice and develop additional field skills appropriate to the subject area;
• Extensive communication, employment-related and team skills development;
• Excellent interaction with industry, eg Dissertation Projects in collaboration with practicing professionals;
• The valued contribution of colleagues from industry in aspects of course delivery;
• Introduction to state-of-the-art analytical and numerical approaches used in rock and soil engineering

In order to progress to project upon completion of their taught modules students must have a pass at 50% or above in a minimum of 90 credits and an overall credit weighted average of at least 50%. Students that do not meet these criteria will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their re-sits the student has passed sufficient 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. Sixty (60) credits are required for the Award of a PGCert.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

SOEE5017MGeological Investigation and Characterisation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE5070MHydrogeology and Contaminant Processes15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5531MHazards, Resilience and Sustainable Engineering15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Teaching in year one takes place on a full time basis on a Monday and Tuesday, with the addition of some Wednesdays which are used for field training and site visits

Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

SOEE5030MSoils Engineering30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE5045MRock Engineering30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE5050MEngineering Geology: Dissertation Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Teaching in year one takes place on a full time basis on a Thursday and Friday.

Last updated: 09/08/2023 11:57:13


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