Masters | Postgraduate Course - Geotechnical Engineering MSc Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 MSc fees UK/EU: £10,500 full-time; £5,250 part-time (where available) International: £23,700 full-time
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Geotechnical Engineering MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Geotechnical engineering examines the engineering behaviour of earth materials and is relevant to all engineering and construction practices that are concerned with the ground on both a surface level and within it. Geotechnical engineers investigate the ground and measure the chemical properties, evaluate the stability of the area and design earthworks and structure foundations enabling projects to take place.

The programme is multi-disciplinary in nature, and provides students with the knowledge of rock engineering, site investigation, data capture and data analysis required to understand the issues facing engineers excavating increasingly ambitious and complex underground spaces. This course is relevant to students entering or working in a range of engineering careers within the construction, environmental and extractive industries.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • CSMM118 Project and Dissertation 60
  • CSMM130 Excavation and Geomechanics 15
  • CSMM137 Hydrogeology 15
  • CSMM189 GIS and Remote Sensing 15

Optional modules
Select 5 modules from the below:

  • CSMM131 Health and Safety in the Extractive Industry 15
  • CSMM136 Project Management 15
  • CSMM140 Surface Excavation Design 15
  • CSMM153 Mine Planning and Design 15
  • CSMM187 Underground Excavation Design 15
  • CSMM185 Soil and Water Contamination 15
  • CSMM186 Underground Construction 15
  • CSMM190 Site Investigation Including Near Surface Geophysics 15

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree from a recognised university (typically a 2:2 or higher) in a science, earth or environmental science, engineering or maths based subject.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

In addition, a degree form Camborne School of Mines will teach the necessary technical skills and theoretical knowledge required, as well as additional complementary skills relating to communications, teamwork and problem solving. We have excellent rates of graduate employment, with many postgraduates working overseas.