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Geotechnical Engineering MSc

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Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Geotechnical Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc will give you the specialist knowledge and training to prepare you for professional practice, meeting the national and international demand for geotechnical engineers.


Our MSc gives you an in-depth understanding of geotechnical engineering. It covers topics associated with:

  • the engineering behaviour of soils and rocks
  • geotechnical design
  • site investigation and testing
  • construction practice

Advanced geotechnical specialisms are also taught. These include the application of state-of-the art computational tools in design and the engineering of specialist earth structures such as tailing dams.

Our Geotechnical Engineering master's is for both practising professionals and new graduates in:

  • earth sciences
  • civil engineering
  • geological science
  • geology
  • geophysics
  • maths
  • physics

This course meets the growing need for skilled geotechnical engineers in:

  • construction
  • environmental sector
  • energy industries

It highlights cutting-edge technologies in geotechnical engineering and provides an understanding of:

  • design and construction
  • project management and health and safety
  • sustainability and environmental impact

Graduate destinations

We'll prepare you for a wide range of careers across the globe in construction, environmental and energy sectors. Some graduate destinations include:

  • specialist geotechnical consultancies and contractors
  • global engineering firms
  • geoenvironmental consultancies
  • offshore engineering services
  • international classification societies


Soil Modelling and Numerical Methods (20 Credits) - Core
Foundation Design and Soil Improvement Solutions (20 Credits) - Core
Ground Engineering Practice and Professional Skills (10 Credits) - Core
Foundation Design and Retaining Structures (10 Credits) - Core
Remediating Contaminated Land (10 Credits) - Core
MSc Project and Dissertation in Geotechnical Engineering (60 Credits) - Core
Ground Investigation, Contamination, and Improvement (20 Credits) - Core
Assessment of slope stability; design of slopes, mine pitwalls and tailing dams (20 Credits) - Core
Advanced Geomechanics (20 Credits) - Core
Applied Rock Engineering (20 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in: earth sciences, civil engineering, geological science, geology, geophysics, maths and physics. You must have a maths background. We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has also developed a presence in two similarly vibrant and globally connected locations, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide opportunities for global...more

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