This programme combines environmental and engineering geology to provide an outstanding foundation for a career in industry and consultancy. By combining the principles of geology, geotechnical and environmental sciences with an appreciation of new technologies you will develop interdisciplinary approaches to site investigation, soil and rock characterisation and the assessment of environmental contamination.

A focus on practical and field-based teaching will give you the skills to minimise the environmental impact, and promote the sustainable development of the built environment.

Key features

  • A unique programme combining environmental and engineering geology with an interdisciplinary approach to allow the communication and the collaboration between civil and geotechnical engineers, environmental experts, professional geologists, stakeholders to develop and promote sustainable projects and management of risks.
  • An employability focused programme with training in laboratory and site investigations.
  • The proximity –  with an outstanding geology and several important sites where geohazards, contaminated land and engineering geology issues can be investigated directly in the field.
  • A wide spectrum and expertise in environmental and geoscience subjects and MSc’s taught in Plymouth and in sustainable geoscience and communication at the Sustainable Earth Institute.
  • State of the art laboratories in chemistry, Earth science and physical geography as well as a geotechnical laboratory.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time, part-time route available

Module Details:

Core modules

  • GEES528 Soil and Rock Mechanics, Characterisation and Field Skills
  • GEES515 Professional Practice in the Environmental Sector
  • GEES519 Environmental Knowledge: from Field to Stakeholder
  • GEES529 Site Investigation and Geohazards
  • ENVS5002 Investigation and Assessment of Contaminated Environments
  • GEES530 Professional Experience in Environmental and Engineering Geology
  • GEES520 MSc Dissertation

Programme Funding

From scholarships and loans, to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways.


For fees and funding options, please visit website to find out more

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally at upper second class or better) in a relevant discipline (e.g. BSc Geography, Environmental Science, Geological Sciences, Geotechnical or Civil Engineering) OR overseas equivalent. If you apply with a recent lower second-class degree along with relevant industry experience, this will also be considered. If you apply without recent formal qualifications, but with relevant industry experience you will also be considered.

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