University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Geotechnical Engineering

This programme is designed to support high level training and enhance both the technical and managerial skills of recent graduates or experienced personnel who work in, or aspire to a career in, the construction or related industries. This programme is aimed at Civil Engineers and Geologists who wish to widen their professional scope or to specialise in geotechnical engineering with the addition of modern managerial skills. To summarise the detailed information above, the teaching concentrates on four essential aspects of the subject, to provide four essential skill sets: Physical, chemical and mechanical properties of soils and rocks; ground investigation; field and laboratory testing; engineering geology; analysis, design and construction of foundations, retaining walls, embankments and slopes including methods of ground reinforcement and improvement. Managerial skills for the construction industry, including law, project and financial management.

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is a good Honours degree in an appropriate discipline (for example, engineering, sciences, geology, geography or mathematics) and evidence of adequate knowledge of English. However, practical experience may also be an important consideration.

Course modules

The syllabus covers: Physical and mechanical properties of soils; consolidation; shear strength; statistics and numerical methods; earthworks; 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; geomechanics.

Assessment methods

Candidates must pass the written examinations, achieve a satisfactory project assessment, submit satisfactory coursework, satisfy practical training requirements and comply with university regulations. Successful candidates are awarded the degree of Master of Science (geotechnical engineering) at the Degree Congregation held in December following the end of the programme. Candidates who score an overall average of 70% or more are awarded a degree of Master of Science with Distinction.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships may be available to home and international students.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 6,450 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
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