Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology

The course explores the properties of soils and soft rocks in relation to civil engineering, the theory of geomechanics and practical geotechnical engineering.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (minimum 2.1) or overseas equivalent; special cases, based on relevant experience, may be made in some circumstances; all applicants whose 1st language is not English require: GCSE, IGCSE, GCE O-level or equivalent at grade C; or Cambridge certificate of proficiency in English (CPE) at grade C; or IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 6.5 or better in the written and speaking section; or TOEFL paper minimum score of 610 (test of written English (TWE) of 4.5 or more); or TOEFL computer minimum score of 250 (TWE of 4.5 or more); or TOEFL internet minimum score of 100 overall, including a minimum of 24 in the written section and a minimum of 22 in the speaking section.

Course modules

Modules include: Advanced constitutive modelling; 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; foundations; geotechnical processes; ground profiles and ground investigation; laboratory and field techniques; laboratory practical classes; partly saturated soil behaviour; rock strength and failure; stability of slopes; strength and deformation; fieldwork; dissertation; basic dynamics and analysis of strong motion data; earthquake geotechnical engineering; engineering seismology.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on dissertation.

Sponsorship information

EPSRC fully funded awards and industrial bursary scheme.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 10,200 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 27,100 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 5,100 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 13,550 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
South Kensington Campus Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2AZ South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7594 5929