Newcastle University: Geotechnical Engineering

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Engineering
Study type Taught


The Geotechnical Engineering MSc will give you the specialist knowledge required to meet the needs of the construction, environmental and extractive industries. You will learn the principles and application of geotechnical engineering in a range of settings.

The course provides an advanced knowledge and understanding of:
•soils and rocks and their engineering properties
•site investigation, testing, interpretation and reporting
•construction practice and awareness of safe operation
•key aspects of geotechnical design, such as foundations and slopes
•application of mathematical methods and computational tools.

Once you have graduated will be able to:
•identify, generate and interpret data relevant to an engineering scenario
•employ numerical methods for modelling and analysing problems
•select and apply ideas, concepts and data to generate innovative designs
•evaluate the quality of data through testing and measurement equipment in field and lab
•present and summarise data and critically appraise its significance, using numerical techniques
•formulate and test key hypotheses using logical and consistent quantitative or qualitative arguments.


You will study compulsory modules plus optional modules, followed by a research project written up as a dissertation. The teaching methods on the course include:
•formal lectures
•open learning
•group projects
•computing workshops
•laboratory work
•site visits.

Numerous contributions are made to the course by prominent visitors from the construction industry. Assessment is by formal written examinations, course work, the dissertation, and oral presentations. All modules are taught in one or two week blocks.


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.


The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.
•Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories
•Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories.


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