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Newcastle University: Geotechnical Engineering

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Engineering
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The Geotechnical Engineering MSc will give you the specialist knowledge and training to prepare you for professional practice, meeting the national and international demand for geotechnical engineers.

The MSc gives you an in-depth understanding of geotechnical engineering. It covers topics associated with the engineering behaviour of soils and rocks, geotechnical design, site investigation and testing, and construction practice. Advanced geotechnical specialisms are also taught, including the application of state-of-the art computational tools in design and the engineering of specialist earth structures such as tailing dams.

The MSc is designed for both practising professionals and new graduates in:

Earth Sciences Civil Engineering Geological Science Geology Geophysics Maths Physics

This course meets the growing need for engineers skilled in geotechnical engineering across the construction, environmental and energy industries. It highlights cutting edge technologies in geotechnical engineering and provides an understanding of:

design and construction project management and health and safety sustainability and environmental impact


You will study compulsory modules plus optional modules, delivered through a diverse and multidisciplinary approach. The teaching methods on the course typically include:

formal lectures tutorials seminars open learning group projects computing workshops laboratory work fieldwork site visits


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 degree. 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


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