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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 13.3k / 2015-16
  • Foreign: $ 35.3k / 2015-16
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1454pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

    Please ensure that you make your application for these courses as early as possible, particularly if you are intending to apply for funding, and preferably by 30 July (overseas/EU applicants) or 1 September (UK applicants) to avoid disappointment.

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    This course explores 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.

    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. Four compulsory field courses are also organised, in Kent, the Bristol area, and Southern Europe.


    • 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

    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

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Applications are invited from undergraduates completing their first degree, as well as those with relevant industrial and professional experience.

    Applications may be considered from those with degrees in other branches of engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences and other numerate disciplines.

    The minimum entry requirement for consideration is a good degree from a UK university at Upper Second Class (2:1) or above, or an overseas equivalent.

    Special cases, based on relevant experience, may be made in some circumstances.

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