Engineering Geology and Geotechnics BEng (Hons)

Overview

Take your first step towards becoming a professional Chartered Engineering Geologist or Chartered Geotechnical Engineer on this BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree course.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of geological science and develop the technical expertise to work on the design and construction of tunnels, roads, dams, and surface and underground mine excavations.

Taking this course makes you eligible for the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Industrial Bursary Scheme. If you're accepted onto this scheme, you'll be awarded a bursary of £1,750 in years 1, 2 and 4, a 44-week paid work placement after year 2, and an 8-week paid work placement after year 1(see below for more details). 

Graduates from this course have high levels of employability, and play a key role across many sectors, including construction, mining and quarrying, and offshore and onshore renewable energy. The knowledge, technical skills and and confidence you'll develop on this course, which includes the option of a year working in industry, will open doors to excellent career prospects and opportunities to work for consultants and contractors across the globe.

What you'll experience:

  • Learn at a University where geology and geotechnics have been taught for more than 50 years
  • Have the opportunity to apply for the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Industrial Bursary Scheme, which if granted gives you a bursary during academic study years, and access to valuable paid work placements (see below for more details)
  • Learn from staff with both industry and academic experience
  • Develop fundamental knowledge of geological science, engineering, mathematics and materials
  • Develop knowledge, practical skills and techniques that you will use throughout your career
  • Get out of the classroom to put what you learn into practice, collecting samples and analysing results
  • Have the opportunity to go on field trips to locations such as the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Norfolk, the Cotswolds, north Scotland, the French Alps
  • Have the option to take a self-funded, non-assessed trip to Hong Kong, to further your studies
  • Get the chance to take an optional paid placement year in the UK or overseas
  • You'll also get access to the University's XRF, gamma spectrometry, crystal growth, low temperature physics, geochemistry and palaeontology labs

Facilities you'll use include:

  • a petrology laboratory
  • a soil mechanics laboratory
  • a rock mechanics and rock physics laboratory
  • a photogrammetric suite encompassing remote sensing and GIS 
  • a Scanning Electron Microscope

Work experience and career planning

To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

Through our strong links with the industry, we can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies, develop your experience, and improve your employment prospects on graduation.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

In your first year, you'll concentrate on the fundamentals of the geological sciences, as well as focusing on engineering mathematics and materials. You'll also develop key field skills on a number of field trips.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Engineering Geology and Geohazards
  • Engineering Materials
  • How the Earth Works
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Sedimentology and Palaeontology

There are no optional modules in this year

Year 2

You'll specialise in the more applied areas of the subject and do fieldwork, which is a vital component of this geoscience degree.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Geoenvironmental Risk Management
  • Geomechanics
  • Ground Investigation
  • Professional Skills for Applied Geoscientists
  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • Structural Geology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

In your final year, you'll complete an independent project where you can decide the geological and engineering based topic, collect samples, carry out lab tests and report on your findings.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Contaminated Land & Groundwater Management
  • Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Project
  • Engineering Geology of The Quaternary
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Rock Engineering

There are no optional modules in this year.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops 
  • fieldwork
  • laboratory work

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • exams
  • laboratory reports
  • oral and poster presentations
  • reports on field-based projects
  • computer-based assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

This degree offers a fast track towards a career as a professional Chartered Engineering Geologist or Chartered Geotechnical Engineer when you do additional training. After you complete the course, you'll be in high demand on engineering projects in global locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Canada and Hong Kong as well as in the UK.

What can you do with an Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree?

Recent graduates have been involved with:

  • major site investigations for international projects
  • investigation and stabilisation of old mine workings
  • coastal engineering
  • flood alleviation projects
  • dam site investigation and design
  • major tunnelling projects in the UK and overseas
  • development of deep mines in South Africa and Australia

What jobs can you do with an Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • graduate engineering geologist
  • graduate tunnelling engineer
  • graduate geotechnical engineer
  • graduate mining geotechnical engineer
  • graduate foundation engineer

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

BEng (Hons), BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-136 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, in Science subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology or relevant Technology subject).

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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