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MSc Soil Mechanics

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
13950 GBP
National
5500 GBP
EU
11000 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
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About this course

These programmes explore the properties of soils and soft rocks in relation to civil engineering, the theory of geomechanics and practical geotechnical engineering.

All our MSc courses are career-oriented and cover both theoretical background and practical design considerations. Lectures are given mainly by full-time staff but important contributions are made by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are eminent industrialists.

Many of our students continue their studies to undertake research towards a PhD.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (particularly in subjects such as civil engineering, as well as other branches of engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences and other numerate disciplines).

Applicants with relevant industrial and professional experience may also be considered.

International qualifications
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

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Course Modules

All of our MSc courses last one calendar year, comprising two terms of taught examinable material followed by a research dissertation.

The courses share a core of topics covering fundamental and applied soil mechanics. Three compulsory field courses are also organised, in Kent, the Bristol area, and Southern Europe.

Modules

  • 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 data interpretation
  • Partly saturated soil behaviour
  • Rock strength and failure
  • Stability of slopes
  • Strength and deformation
  • Fieldwork
  • Dissertation

The MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology is concerned with the solution of engineering problems connected with the study of seismic ground movements, their effect on foundations and building materials and engineering structures. Course-specific modules are as follows:

  • Basic dynamics and analysis of strong motion data
  • Earthquake geotechnical engineering
  • Engineering seismology

The MSc in Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics meets the growing need for advanced specialist geo-environmental education, including a grounding in the relevant topics in chemistry and biology. Course-specific modules are as follows:

  • Contaminated land and groundwater
  • Landfill engineering

MSc course add-on module
This MSc course offers the add-on module of business management, which comprises 120 hours of study as an alternative to the corresponding amount of engineering study.

This four-unit module equips you with the skills needed to work in competitive business environments in the civil engineering industry. It is suitable for those who wish to combine a technical competence in their chosen field with a grasp of the principles of business management, and is designed to complement core material in the MSc courses. 

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How to Apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

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