Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology


This module is concerned with engineering geology and pollution hydrogeology, focussing on developing skills that would be required in site investigation. These skills are largely quantitative, requiring a fundamental understanding of maths.  Ultimately students will learn how geological theory can be used in solving practical problems. 

The module mainly focusses on: (1) the engineering properties of rocks and soils; (2) geological and environmental considerations involved in ground investigation; (3) the transportation of contaminants in groundwater. 

Practical sessions focus on two assessed exercises: (1) completion of a site investigation for an area of proposed construction; (2) investigation of a groundwater pollution problem using professional groundwater pollution transport software (latter available on University computers but also available free for installation on own computers).   


  • Site investigation 
  • Pollution hydrogeology study 
  • Examination