Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc - 2019/0

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGCert Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
PGDip Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Professional recognition

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
Accredited by CIHT as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
Accredited by IHE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Accredited by ICE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
Accredited by IStructE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)
This Programme is accredited by the European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PFB61024 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

H250, H200

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Engineering (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points

UKSPEC

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Programme Leader

BHATTACHARYA Subhamoy (Civl Env Eng)

Date of production/revision of spec

19/10/2019

Educational aims of the programme

  • A comprehensive understanding of some of the challenges faced during the analysis, design and construction of foundation and geotechnical structures.
  • The ability to select and apply most appropriate analysis methodology for problems in ground engineering including advanced and new methods.
  • The ability to design foundations in a variety of ground conditions
  • A working knowledge of the key UK, European and some International standards and codes of practice associated with the analysis and design of foundations and the ability to interpret and apply these to both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • The necessary technical further learning towards fulfilling the educational base for the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
A knowledge and understanding of the key UK, European and International standards and codes of practice relating to ground engineering K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
A knowledge and understanding of the construction of different types of geotechnical structure on different ground conditions K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
A comprehensive understanding of the principles of engineering mechanics underpinning ground engineering K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Upon completing this programme students will have: The ability to understand the limitations of ground analysis methods K PGDip, MSc
Upon completing this programme students will have: The knowledge and understanding to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete K PGDip, MSc
A knowledge and understanding of ground engineering in a commercial/business context K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development related to ground engineering K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
A knowledge and understanding of the common and less common materials used in ground engineering K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
An understanding of construction management K PGDip, MSc
A critical awareness of new developments and research needs in ground engineering K MSc
DELETE C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging ground engineering problems C PGDip, MSc
A critical awareness of new developments in the field of ground engineering C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to critically evaluate ground engineering design principles and concepts C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The awareness of the commercial, social and environmental impacts associated with foundations C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
An awareness and ability to make general evaluations of risk associated with the design and construction of foundations including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk C PGDip, MSc
The ability to interpret and apply the appropriate UK, European and some International standards and codes of practice to foundation design for both familiar and unfamiliar situations P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies. P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to apply the appropriate analysis methodologies to common ground engineering problems as well as unfamiliar problems. P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to collect and analyse research data P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to tackle problems familiar or otherwise which have uncertain or incomplete data P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to use theory or experimental research to improve design and/or analysis P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to generate innovative foundation design P PGDip, MSc
The awareness of professional and ethical conduct P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Oral and written communication (presentation skills) T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Synthesis and graphical presentation of data T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
3D spatial awareness T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Use of sketching and engineering drafting T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawing/presentation T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Technical report writing T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Independent learning skills T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to develop, monitor and update a plan T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Reviewing, assessing, and critical thinking skills T PGDip, MSc
Teamwork, leadership and negotiation skills T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Time management T PGCert, PGDip, MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
ENGM031 PRESTRESSED CONCRETE BRIDGE DESIGN Optional 15 1
ENGM032 STEEL AND COMPOSITE BRIDGE DESIGN Optional 15 2
ENGM033 DURABILITY OF BRIDGES AND STRUCTURES Optional 15 1
ENGM035 WATER TREATMENT Optional 15 1
ENGM036 WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND SEWERAGE Optional 15 1
ENGM041 CONCRETE BUILDING DESIGN Optional 15 2
ENGM042 STEEL BUILDING DESIGN Optional 15 1
ENGM043 SPATIAL STRUCTURES Optional 15 1
ENGM044 DISSERTATION PROJECT Compulsory 60 Year-long
ENGM048 SOIL-STRUCTURE INTERACTION Compulsory 15 2
ENGM053 STRUCTURAL MECHANICS & FINITE ELEMENTS Optional 15 1
ENGM054 EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING Optional 15 2
ENGM055 APPLIED CHEMISTRY AND MICROBIOLOGY Optional 15 1
ENGM057 WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND HYDRAULIC MODELLING Optional 15 2
ENGM263 INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING Optional 15 1
ENGM264 INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS, INTERDEPENDENCIES AND RESILIENCE Optional 15 1
ENGM265 SUSTAINABILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE Optional 15 2
ENGM266 INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
ENGM269 ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS Compulsory 15 1
ENGM270 ENERGY GEOTECHNICS Compulsory 15 1
ENGM272 DEEP FOUNDATIONS AND EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES Compulsory 15 2
ENGM281 BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING Optional 15 2
ENGM285 GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING Optional 15 2
ENGM289 GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN WATER AND HEALTH Optional 15 1
ENGM285 GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING Optional 15 2
ENGM292 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATION & LAW Optional 15 1
ENGM293 CORPORATE AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

Students must choose 4 modules from those listed below. For the main and subsidiary awards there are restrictions on the choice of modules within each module group. Student needs to take four modules from the remaining list below.

Selected Structural Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM043 Spatial Structures
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements

Selected Construction Management Group Modules:
ENGM292 Construction Management Administration & Law
ENGM293 Corporate and Project Management

Selected Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM264 Infrastructure Systems, Interdependencies and Resilience
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing

Selected Water & Environmental Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health

Selected Bridge Engineering Group modules:
ENGM031 Pre-stressed concrete bridge design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges and Structures

Selected Structural Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering

Selected Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling

Selected Water and Environment Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM057 Water Resources Management & Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing

Selected Bridge Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM032 Steel and Composite Bridge Design

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Module requirements for Main and Subsidiary Awards are as follows:
Postgraduate Certificate
Advanced Soil Mechanics
2 further Geotechnical modules
1 module from any module group
Postgraduate Diploma
All modules in the Geotechnical module group
3 modules from any module group
Master of Science
As for PGDip plus a Dissertation on a Geotechnical Engineering topic


On successful completion of this MSc programme students will be deemed to have completed the further learning necessary to combine with a suitable BEng (Hons) degree fulfilling the academic base for the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.