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MSc/PGCert/PGDip Geotechnical Engineering

The Geotechnical Engineering programme from University of Birmingham is designed for recent graduates or experienced professionals, The programme is ideal for civil engineers and geologists seeking to extend their professional scope or specialise in geotechnical engineering.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time MSc)
2-3 years (Part-Time MSc)
10 months (Full-Time PGDip)
10 months (Full-Time PGCert)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,640 per full (MSc)
£17,760 per full (PGDip)
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Geotechnical Engineering programme from University of Birmingham is designed to support high-level training and enhance both your technical and managerial skills. With an excellent reputation across the industry, the course focuses on essential aspects of the subject, including: physical, chemical and mechanical properties of soils and rocks; ground investigation; field and laboratory testing; engineering geology and site investigation; analysis, design and construction of foundations, retaining walls, tunnels, embankments and slopes including methods of ground reinforcement and improvement.

You will develop a sound knowledge of soil and rock mechanics, current civil engineering design, and construction management and practice. The research project allows for detailed study into a particular area of geotechnical engineering and can focus upon laboratory testing, numerical modelling or management of geotechnical processes/applications.

This will support your career as a geotechnical engineer, enabling you to plan and direct ground investigations and laboratory testing, giving you the basis for interpreting results and proposing the optimum methods of design and construction.

Courses included:

  • Advanced Project
  • Analytical Approaches in Geotechnics
  • Geotechnical Assets (Creation and Management)
  • Ground Investigation (for Geotechnical Engineering)
  • Numerical Approaches and Design in Geotechnics
  • Professional Skills for Geotechnical Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology

Why study this course?

  • Why study this course at Birmingham?…in short we offer two masters courses in Geotechnical Engineering that provide flexibility, broad subject coverage, high quality delivery and excellent job prospects on graduation. One course allows a full development of all the important technical aspects associated with Geotechnical Engineering while the other course builds on a strong technical core and yet allows new developments in management practice to be covered. Our courses are ideally suited to recent graduates or those seeking to boost their career prospects.
  • Study in our new state-of-the-art School of Engineering building which includes a 179-capacity Design Centre and 160 drop-in study spaces throughout the building providing flexible learning.
  • Birmingham has been providing a highly respected masters course in geotechnical engineering for more than 50 years now and has built up an excellent reputation for providing the graduates industry needs.
  • Our courses are continually updated to meet the ever changing environment faced by geotechnical engineering, underpinned by excellence in research with strong links from industry. Graduates often secure employment long before they graduate or use it as a stepping stone in their career development.


A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, Engineering, Science, Geology or Mathematics). Practical experience will also be taken into account. Evidence of adequate knowledge of English is required. 

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