What will I learn?

The MSc in Geotechnical Engineering is part of the Division of Civil Engineering's extensive programme of postgraduate studies and research. The course builds on the Division's renowned research expertise and industrial collaborations in current aspects of geotechnical engineering, including:

Offshore engineering (incl. Oil and Gas, Marine Renewables & Aquaculture)
Foundation design
Earthquake engineering
Ground improvement

The course is supported by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre in the form of full scholarships with industry-linked projects, recognising the importance of geotechnical engineering to key sectors of the Scottish economy.

Key reasons include:

Better preparation for successful careers in industry, commerce or academia
Development of fundamental skills in analytical and numerical modelling in geotechnical, structural and soil-structure interaction areas
Development of skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of topical specialist fields
Participation in the research activities of a world-class department
A wide range of research projects are available in any of the following areas: offshore engineering (foundations, anchors, pipelines and offshore processes), marine engineering for aquaculture, earthquake engineering (foundations during earthquakes, liquefaction, faulting), foundation engineering and ground improvement. Some of these projects will be linked to industry
Development of transferable skills in research methods, communication and management of large and small scale projects
Part-time students have the option of relating their research project directly to ongoing work within their employment

Professional Accreditation: ICE/IStructE/CIHT/IHE

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). The programme is accredited as follows:

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See for further information. The programme is accredited as a Technical MSc.

Careers

There is a continuing demand for civil engineers particularly in the energy and water sectors and the skills of the civil engineer are highly portable in the multi-disciplinary engineering sectors.

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. The blend of science, technology and management education and training gained in a unique learning environment that is both challenging and friendly, makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil engineering and a wider range of sectors.

Graduates from Dundee have gone on to achieve high level positions in most sectors of the profession. These include consulting engineers and contractors, the offshore industry and research organisations.

Which department am I in?

School of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£21,950.00 (US$ 27,084) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020

Venue

University of Dundee

Nethergate,

Dundee,

Dundee, City Of,

DD1 4HN, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with a minimum GPA score of 3.0 will be considered for Master’s level study on most programmes. Normally a 2.1 or 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject for International curriculum will be required. IELTS score of 6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in writing and 6.0/5.5 in the other three components.

For international students

IELTS Overall 6.0 - Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Writing 5.5, Speaking 5.5.

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