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Geotechnical Engineering MSc (Eng)

University of Leeds

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Overview

Our Geotechnical Engineering course 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.

There is an international shortage of geotechnical engineers yet the ground is the greatest area of technical risk in construction. Understanding this risk is the underlying philosophy of our Geotechnical Engineering degree at the University of Leeds. It brings together expertise to ensure that you’ll have the understanding and skills to address a range of geotechnical problems including shallow and deep foundations, soil structure interaction, ground as a source of energy, environmental geotechnics, and slope and ground stabilisation.

Geotechnical engineers integrate the skills of investigation, characterisation, analysis and design to deal with uncertainty and risk within a business context. These skills are developed in six core modules: geotechnical investigation and characterisation; groundwater pollution and contaminated land; geotechnical engineering; foundation engineering; energy geotechnics; and constitutive models and numerical analysis and Transport Infrastructure Strategy.

You will also undertake a research project and an integrated design project related to transport infrastructure, which give you the opportunity to address complex problems encountered in practice.

Learning and teaching

Our ground-breaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff, who are at the forefront of their disciplines, through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Career opportunities

There is an international shortage of geotechnical engineers. The most significant risk for any construction project is the ground. Geotechnical engineers bring together the underpinning geological science and the practical engineering aspects of the ground to deal with uncertainty. These three facts mean that anyone with advanced knowledge of geotechnical engineering will have a rewarding career across a broad sector of design and construction since all civil and geotechnical engineering projects require geotechnical expertise.

Geotechnical engineers work for client organisations including major asset owners, international consultants, main contractors and specialist consultants and contractors. The range of knowledge and skills that geotechnical engineers acquire means that they can develop either as technical experts or managers.

Application deadline

10 September 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 24,750per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Leeds

  • University League Table

    16th

  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 57 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    169 76%

    9th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88 88%

    28th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%

    15th

    1

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