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MSc Engineering Geology

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- Demonstrate a broad range of in-depth knowledge in order to allow professional practice in any aspect of engineering geology.
- Use relevant field and laboratory techniques for the practice of engineering geology.
- Develop critical analysis and use advanced knowledge of the application of geological and geomorphological processes to civil engineering design, even in the absence of complete data sets.
- Use numeracy skills essential to the professional practice of engineering geology.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in soils engineering and rock engineering sufficient to allow professional competence in these areas to the level normally expected for practicing engineering geologists.
- Demonstrate the skills required to use modern analytical and numerical approaches to solve geotechnical problems such as soil and rock slope design, underground space design.
- Work effectively in a team having developed essential teamwork and professional skills to allow successful project completion in a professional engineering framework.
- Use skills required to digitally manipulate data from borehole sampling and geotechnical testing in industry standard software, for facilitating construction of geological and geotechnical models.
- 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, Engineering Council).
- 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.


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