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Newcastle University: Engineering Geology

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Engineering
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The Engineering Geology MSc responds to a national and international demand for specialist engineering geologists with advanced training in geotechnical engineering. It provides you with a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of engineering geology. You will study topics associated with the engineering behaviour of soils and rocks, site investigation and interpretation, geological hazard assessment, and geotechnical design.

The MSc is designed for both practising professionals and new graduates in: Earth Sciences Geological Science Geology Geophysics

You must have a maths background.

This course meets the growing need for skilled engineering geologists across the construction, environmental and energy industries. The course provides you with: advanced conceptual understanding detailed factual knowledge specialist technical skills an awareness of responsibilities to society and the environment

Our strong industrial engagement means our degree programmes are shaped by industry and government policy.


You will study compulsory modules with a choice of optional modules in blocks of one or two weeks. Assessment is by formal written examinations, course work and oral presentations. You will write up your research project as a dissertation. A full range of teaching methods are used on the course: •lectures •tutorials •seminars •open learning •group projects •computing workshops •laboratory •fieldwork •site visits.

Numerous contributions are made to the course by prominent visitors from the construction industry.

At the end of semester two you will benefit from an overseas residential field trip. This allows you to apply your technical knowledge and explore a wide range of exemplar sites.


The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) (comprising ICE, IStructE, CIHT and IHIE), as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for students with an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng Honours degree or Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc Honours.

It is also accredited by the Geological Society (GeolSoc).


The School of Engineering has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.

Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories

You will also have access to a student common room based in Cassie Building; this resource facility and study space is perfect for group working.


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