Engineering Geology and Geotechnics BEng (Hons)


Take your first step towards becoming a professional Chartered Engineering Geologist or Chartered Geotechnical Engineer on this unique BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree course – accredited by The Geological Society of London.

As the only engineering degree taught in science anywhere in the UK, this course will enable you to apply geoscience to the built environments of the future.

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, at a university where engineering geology and geotechnics have been taught for more than 50 years.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Build a practical engineering geology and geotechnics skillset, including gamma spectrometry, electron microscopy, crystal growth and low temperature physics, and use our specialist petrology, geochemistry and rock mechanics labs
  • Get out of the classroom and put what you learn into practice on field trips to locations such as the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Norfolk, the Cotswolds, Scotland and the French Alps
  • Take advantage of our outstanding industry links, learning from academics with experience from the heart of the sector, including the British Geological Survey, Atkins and ACOM
  • Study on the only Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree to offer at least 44 weeks of paid work placement, at organisations such as Mott McDonald and Ramboll UK

Work experience and career planning

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career.

Placement Year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year in the UK or overseas to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. A placement year gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you stand out to employers after the course.

We're the only university in the UK to offer this Engineering Geology and Geotechnics course with a sandwich work placement year. Your placement will give you at least 44 weeks of paid work experience.

You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement year. 

You’ll return to university to complete your studies in year 3 with first-hand knowledge of the industry and valuable experience on your CV.

We have great links with employers in the ground and mining engineering industries and will support you in finding a placement. Previous students have secured placements at:

  • Ramboll UK
  • Mott McDonald
  • BAM Ritches
  • Atkins
  • Peter Brett Associates
  • Wardell Armstrong
  • Socotec
  • Miller Piling
  • Keller
  • Keltbray

Module Details

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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

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.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops 
  • fieldwork
  • laboratory work

Student Destinations

Engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers apply their knowledge of earth, soil and rock to the development of the built environment. They assess the geological suitability of locations chosen for the construction of projects such as bridges, dams, roads and tunnels, so that they can be built in a safe and sustainable way. 

Both engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers are in high demand in the UK and around the world. The Working Futures demand forecast, reported by Engineering UK, predicts the number of environmental professionals in the construction sector will increase by 35% by 2024.

The role of engineering geologist was also added to the UK's shortage occupation list in 2020.

On this BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree, you'll develop fundamental knowledge of geological science, engineering, mathematics and materials, as well as practical skills and techniques that you'll use throughout your career.

You'll graduate with high levels of employability, ready to 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.

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.

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

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • graduate engineering geologist
  • graduate tunnelling engineer
  • graduate geotechnical engineer
  • graduate mining geotechnical engineer
  • graduate foundation engineer
BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-128 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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