Engineering Geology MSc
MSc Engineering Geology
Ready to develop and implement engineering techniques, unpack geological structures and processes, and take your studies to postgraduate level? Our MSc Engineering Geology degree course is for you.
You'll learn the advanced skills needed to conduct detailed investigations into surface and subsurface geology, identification of adverse ground conditions, and the design of remedial measures for engineering structures such as tunnels, dams, mines, quarries, offshore platforms and wind farms.
Geological expertise is critical in all types of civil engineering projects – and when you graduate, you'll be able to answer the national and international demand for specialist engineering geologists. You'll also be able to pursue a career in the environmental, geological and geotechnical industries.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn from expert staff and researchers with extensive expertise in engineering geology and geotechnics
- Become skilled in lab, computer and field techniques through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions
- Get hands-on experience of environmental assessment techniques, plus a range of other skills such as mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies
- Use our specialist equipment, including image processing software (ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper, ENVI)
- Take part in field trips, both locally and overseas, to develop your field mapping and data collection skills
- Complete your own research project in the UK or abroad
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the environmental, geological and geotechnical industries.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
Potential roles include geotechnical engineer, engineering geologist, mining engineer and tunneling engineer for major mining companies, as well as environmental, geological and geotechnical consultancies.
Our previous graduates have also pursued careers in:
- Aid organisations
- Environmental organisations
- Offshore work
- Civil service
- Insurance companies
What's more, you'll have excellent opportunities for employment overseas. Some of our graduates have found work in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
This course also has strong research and analytical components, ideal if you wish to pursue further research at PhD level.
We'll give you as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
This course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. It offers advanced professional and scientific training, providing an accelerated route for you to attain Chartered Status, such as Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) on graduation.
- A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant Earth Science or Civil Engineering field such as Geology, Earth Science Civil Engineering or a related discipline. We consider applicants with industrial and work experience
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £8,700 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Part time: £4,350 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Full time: £15,900 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Part time: £7,950 (may be subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee, but you'll need to pay for meals and other costs.
Compulsory project work is normally carried out in the UK, and you'll need to contribute to travel, accommodation and meals. These costs are likely to be in the region of £50 - £500 depending on the nature of the project.
You'll be provided with essential safety equipment for fieldwork and site visits (hard hat and reflective jacket). If you require additional field equipment you'll have to purchase these items. Total costs will be in the region of £145.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units include:
- Rock and Soil Mechanics
- Soil and Rock Engineering
- Contaminated Land and Groundwater
- Ground Models
- Ground Investigation Techniques
- Landslides and Slope Instability
- Field Reconnaissance and Geomorphological Mapping
- Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing
- Independent Research Project
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Mondays and Tuesdays.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- poster and oral presentations
- project reports
- literature reviews
- lab reports
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.