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Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics MSc

Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Soil Mechanics Earth Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc in Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics meets the growing need for advanced specialist geo-environmental education, including a grounding in the relevant topics in chemistry and biology. The MSc courses explore the properties of soils and soft rocks in relation to civil engineering, the theory of geomechanics and practical geotechnical engineering. All our MSc courses are career-oriented and cover both theoretical background and practical design considerations. Lectures are given mainly by full-time staff but important contributions are made by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are eminent industrialists. Many of our students continue their studies to undertake research towards a PhD. This degree is professionally accredited by the following organisations: Institution of Civil Engineers; Institution of Structural Engineers; Institute of Highway Engineers and The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Different course options

Full time | South Kensington Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Advanced constitutive modelling
Strength and deformation
Advanced soil properties
Analysis and constitutive models
Applied engineering geology coursework
Consolidation and seepage
Earth pressures
Embankments and earthworks
Engineering geology of soils and rocks
Geotechnical processes
Ground profiles and ground investigation
Laboratory and field techniques
Laboratory data interpretation
Partly saturated soil behaviour
Rock strength and failure
Stability of slopes

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum requirement of 2.1 degree in civil engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences or a numerate discipline. A suitable grounding in mathematics is required, for example: A-level Mathematics grade A or B. Relevant industrial/professional experience may also be considered.