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University of Leeds: Geotechnical Engineering

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Civil Engineering
Telephone 0113 343 2302
Study type Taught


The ground is the greatest area of technical risk in construction — therefore the demand for qualified specialists in geotechnical engineering is ever-growing, both in the UK and internationally.

Our Geotechnical Engineering MSc covers the practical application of geotechnical engineering to reduce construction risk and optimise the design of geotechnical structures to ensure that they are safe, sustainable and resilient.

Understanding this risk is the underlying philosophy of this course. It brings together the expertise you’ll need to address a range of real-world geotechnical problems in industry, including shallow and deep foundations, soil-structure interaction, ground as a source of energy, environmental geotechnics, and slope and ground stabilisation.

You’ll study in the School of Civil Engineering which ranks highly globally and is actively involved in developing ‘internationally excellent’ research — much of which shapes the course.

This means you’ll be learning the latest insights in the field whilst building industry-relevant skills in investigation, characterisation, analysis, design and risk within a business context — all of which are highly sought after in this profession, and transferable across industries.

Why study at Leeds: - Graduate from a university ranked in the top 5 in the UK for Civil Engineering, Guardian University Guide 2023, and 44th in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, with an MSc that has been accredited by both the Joint Board of Moderators and EUR-ACE.

  • Learn the latest innovations in such as energy geotechnics, numerical analysis of coupled flow and adapting geotechnical structures to climate change from the impactful, world-leading research conducted right here in our School which feeds directly into the course.

  • Advance your knowledge and skills in critical areas sought after in industry such as engineering, transport infrastructure strategy, ground contamination, energy geotechnics and geotechnical investigation.

  • Conduct your own individual investigative project as part of your course and gain industry experience investigating a real-world problem.

  • Access research-grade equipment and specialist facilities to enhance your learning.Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team with a wealth of expertise and industrial experience across many relevant areas such as engineering in complex soils, electrokinetics and the characterisation of ground.

  • Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Committee and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

MSc (Eng)

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