This courses are offered in both Full time and Part time modes.
This programme has developed an excellent reputation since its inception in 1956. Its purpose is to provide advanced training to civil engineers and geologists who wish to widen their knowledge or to specialise in the field of geotechnical engineering. The programme includes lectures, design studies, laboratory classes, site visits and individual projects. In addition, external lectures are provided by experts and leaders from industry.
The syllabus covers:
- Physical and mechanical properties of soils
- Shear strength
- Statistics and numerical methods
- Foundation design
- Slope stability
- Earth retaining structures, embankments, dams, tunnelling
- Engineering geology
- Ground improvements and environmental ground engineering
- Earthquake engineering
- The laboratory testing of soils
- Information of programme structure and content (PDF 388KB)
Why study this course at Birmingham?...in short we offer two masters courses in Geotechnical Engineering that provide flexibility, broad subject coverage, high quality delivery and excellent job prospects on graduation. One course allows a full development of all the important technical aspects associated with Geotechnical Engineering while the other course builds on a strong technical core and yet allows new developments in management practice to be covered. Our courses are ideally suited to recent graduates or those seeking to boost their career prospects.
Birmingham has been providing a highly respected masters course in geotechnical engineering for more than 50 years now and has built up an excellent reputation for providing the graduates industry needs:
“For the past years Atkins has recruited students from the MSc course at the University of Birmingham. I have found that the MSc course provided the students with a comprehensive and diverse understanding of Geotechnical Engineering, which has allowed the recruits to develop their careers. The course is successful in providing the essential technical aspects in the subject, but also allows a sound practical application of the skills learnt” Neil Fraser, Divisional Director, Atkins Ltd, Birmingham.
Our courses are continually updated to meet the ever changing environment faced by geotechnical engineering, underpinned by excellence in research with strong links from industry. Graduates often secure employment long before they graduate or use it as a stepping stone in their career development.
Rob Tranter, former full time student, "Coming from an assistant geologist position in a small consultancy the MSc course has allowed me to appreciate the technical theory behind geotechnics and how to apply that theory to actual geotechnical problems. I have found the course to be structured with defined learning outcomes supported by helpful lecturers. I feel that the course prepares engineers for entry into industry having a confident grasp of the subject that allows for contribution to any geotechnical project."
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Tuition Fees for UK and EU students 2015/2016
- Full-time MSc: £7,740
- Full-time Diploma: £6,210
- Postgraduate Certificate: £3,105
Part-time programmes: Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees.
Tuition fees for international students (2015/2016)
International student tuition fees are set at £17,960. For further information please view the fees for international students page.
Part-time programmes: UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. For part time students funding may also be availble through the Panasonic Trust – for details see: http://www.panasonictrust.net/
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