University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering

Overview If you've got an interest in the structure and mechanics of materials - and you're ready to help tackle the geotechnical problems posed by large-scale construction - our MSc Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering degree course is for you. On this course, you'll expand on your knowledge and experience of the core disciplines of civil engineering and develop the analytical and technical skills - such as ground investigations and soil structure testing - needed to solve geotechnical problems. When you graduate, you'll be ready to take on ambitious roles in your career - whether that's in the civil engineering and geotechnical engineering industries, or in the related fields of mining and petroleum and environmental consultancy. What you'll experience On this course you'll: Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff and practitioners from client, contracting and consulting organisations Get to grips with environmental assessment techniques, plus other skills such as mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies Learn more about civil and construction engineering and project management principles, and how to apply them to complex construction project problems, taking into account geotechnical factors Unpack topics including environmental management, civil engineering science, strategic and general management Complete a Geotechnical Engineering Design Project based on your own research. You'll conduct site visits outside the University and receive support from professionals in the industry Use our labs, including a fully equipped geological, geochemical and recently refurbished geotechnics lab, featuring the latest professional equipment Have access to our extensive library resources and get help with tough problems at our Maths Cafe Be able to study overseas through the ERASMUS exchange scheme 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. 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 Geotechnical engineering experts are in demand. And because you're given plenty of opportunities to develop industry contacts during the course of your studies, you'll be in a strong position to secure work once you graduate. Alongside technical know-how, you'll have the commercial and interpersonal skills to give you the edge. Career opportunities include: Civil engineer Geotechnical engineer/consultant Mining engineer Tunnelling engineer Petroleum companies Environmental consultant Geotechnical consultant The military Professional accreditations The MSc Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering degree course meets the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng), for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Entry requirements

MSc: A good honours degree in Civil Engineering or a related subject, or equivalent industrial and work experience. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

The course is divided into three stages, the first two stages are generally taught through formal tuition, with stage three covering independent research in an academic or industrial setting. You will build upon established fundamental civil/construction engineering and project management principles in order to confidently apply them to a range of complex construction project problems with due regard to related geotechnical factors. Here are the units you will study: Environmental Management for Civil Engineering: This unit introduces you to the main environmental issues associated with civil engineering projects and how they are considered and mitigated in the Environmental Assessment process. Civil Engineering Science: In this unit you will study integrated topics of analytical structural analysis, numerical analysis and solving engineering problems. Whilst being an introduction to the finite element method (FEM) and application of FEM software packages, this unit aims to give you the ability to solve engineering problems in the design of real structures. Geotechnical Engineering Design Project: This unit gives you an opportunity to simulate the design activities of a civil engineering consultancy. Project briefs are typically drawn from the work of professional contacts in the civil engineering industry. You will be required to make professional contacts, obtain advice and guidance, carry out research and conduct site visits outside the University. Strategic and General Management: You will cover management in the construction industry, and the development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments. Independent Research Project: This covers the generic research framework within which new knowledge is discovered, and involves the practical application of research skills and techniques to a chosen system within the construction industry.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: Teaching on this course will focus on small lectures, seminars and discussion groups. It will also centre on supporting your independent learning strategies, which tutorials will help to develop. How are you assessed? Assessment can take many forms and is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. It includes: examinations, coursework, projects, a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 15,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 7,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

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