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Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Geotechnical Engineering Engineering Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

Want to become an expert in the fascinating field where engineering meets the natural world?

Our MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue an exciting career in the geotechnical engineering sector, including offshore and earthquake geotechnics. It is worth noting that geotechnical engineers are in huge demand due to global skill shortage.

You will be taught in highly-specialised facilities by academics who are leaders in their field. Throughout your course, you will also benefit from the expert knowledge of specialist guest speakers, including visiting academics and engineers working in the industry.

What you will study

Our MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering will develop your understanding of the principles and theories behind ground engineering, from soil mechanics to site investigation, advanced soil testing and foundation design. We’ll provide you with Please check this section carefully the necessary skills to address technological challenges in the geotechnical engineering sector.

Throughout your studies, you’ll also have the opportunity to work on a research project, enabling you to acquire, analyse and critically evaluate data, and then draw valid conclusions from it. It will test your understanding of scientific methodology, and allow you to graduate as a confident and capable geotechnical engineer.

Professional recognition

  • MSc - Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • MSc - Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
  • MSc - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • MSc - Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
  • MSc - European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Civil engineers are often called on to design systems that will support large structures at depth or steep / vertical faces in soil. The former case will normally require large foundations, sometimes at depth whereas the latter may require an earth-retaining structure of some kind. Ground modifications techniques are often employed to improve the physical properties of ground before construction begins. This module applies the basic principles of soil mechanics to the safe and sustainable design of large foundations and earth-retaining structures.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

A minimum of 60 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering (or a closely related subject) accredited to CEng, with a minimum of 60 per cent in Soil Mechanics or Geotechnics. Alternatively, a minimum of 70 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering (or a closely related subject) accredited to IEng, plus approval from the relevant institution. We'll also accept a recognised equivalent international qualification. At least five years of relevant industrial experience or a professional qualification (for example, CEng) will also be considered if you don't meet these requirements.

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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