Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
PGCert Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Professional recognition

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
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
Part-time PFB61025 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Distance Learning PFB61026 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 S Prof (Civl Env Eng)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

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)

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over three to five years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are 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)

Distance Learning

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time/distance-learning over three to five years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are 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
ENGM029 BRIDGE MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
ENGM030 BRIDGE LOADING AND ANALYSIS Optional 15 1
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
ENGM034 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH Optional 15 1
ENGM035 WATER TREATMENT Optional 15 1
ENGM036 WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND SEWERAGE Optional 15 1
ENGM038 POLLUTION CONTROL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
ENGM039 GROUNDWATER CONTROL Optional 15 2
ENGM040 REGULATION AND MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
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
ENGM050 STRUCTURAL SAFETY AND RELIABILITY Optional 15 2
ENGM052 LONG-SPAN BRIDGES Optional 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
ENGM157 DESIGN OF MASONRY STRUCTURES Optional 15 2
ENGM222 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & LAW Optional 15 1
ENGM238 CONSTRUCTION ORGANISATION Optional 15 1
ENGM239 PROJECT AND RISK MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
ENGM263 INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND 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
ENGM271 GEOTECHNICAL STRUCTURES Compulsory 15 1
ENGM272 DEEP FOUNDATIONS AND EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES Compulsory 15 2
ENGM281 BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING Optional 15 2

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

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

SEMESTER 1 Geotechnical Engineering Module
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM271 Geotechnical Structures

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Optional Modules - SEMESTER 1:

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM271 Geotechnical Structures

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

Selected Construction Management Group Modules:
ENGM222 Construction Management and Law
ENGM238 Construction Organisation

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

Selected Water & Environmental Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM034 Environmental Health
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology

Selected Bridge Engineering Group modules:
ENGM030 Bridge Loading and Analysis
ENGM031 Pre-stressed concrete bridge design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges and Structures


SEMESTER 2 Geotechnical Engineering Module
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures.

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Optional Modules - SEMESTER 2:

Selected Structural Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM050 Structural Safety and Reliability
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering
ENGM157 Design of Masonry Structures

Selected Construction Management Group Modules:
ENGM239 Bridge Management

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

Selected Water and Environment Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM039 Groundwater Control, Modelling and Management
ENGM057 Water Resources Management & Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM038 Pollution Control and waste management
ENGM040 Regulation and Management

Selected Bridge Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM029 Bridge Management
ENGM032 Steel and Composite Bridge Design
ENGM052 Long-span Bridges

Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
ENGM029 BRIDGE MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
ENGM030 BRIDGE LOADING AND ANALYSIS Optional 15 1
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
ENGM034 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH Optional 15 1
ENGM035 WATER TREATMENT Optional 15 1
ENGM036 WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND SEWERAGE Optional 15 1
ENGM038 POLLUTION CONTROL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
ENGM039 GROUNDWATER CONTROL Optional 15 2
ENGM040 REGULATION AND MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
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
ENGM050 STRUCTURAL SAFETY AND RELIABILITY Optional 15 2
ENGM052 LONG-SPAN BRIDGES Optional 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
ENGM157 DESIGN OF MASONRY STRUCTURES Optional 15 2
ENGM222 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & LAW Optional 15 1
ENGM238 CONSTRUCTION ORGANISATION Optional 15 1
ENGM239 PROJECT AND RISK MANAGEMENT Optional 15 2
ENGM263 INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND 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
ENGM271 GEOTECHNICAL STRUCTURES Compulsory 15 1
ENGM272 DEEP FOUNDATIONS AND EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES Compulsory 15 2
ENGM281 BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING Optional 15 2

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

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

SEMESTER 1 Geotechnical Engineering Module
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM271 Geotechnical Structures

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Optional Modules - SEMESTER 1:

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM271 Geotechnical Structures

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

Selected Construction Management Group Modules:
ENGM222 Construction Management and Law
ENGM238 Construction Organisation

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

Selected Water & Environmental Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM034 Environmental Health
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry and Microbiology

Selected Bridge Engineering Group modules:
ENGM030 Bridge Loading and Analysis
ENGM031 Pre-stressed concrete bridge design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges and Structures


SEMESTER 2 Geotechnical Engineering Module
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures.

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Optional Modules - SEMESTER 2:

Selected Structural Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM050 Structural Safety and Reliability
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering
ENGM157 Design of Masonry Structures

Selected Construction Management Group Modules:
ENGM239 Bridge Management

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

Selected Water and Environment Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM039 Groundwater Control, Modelling and Management
ENGM057 Water Resources Management & Hydraulic Modelling
ENGM038 Pollution Control and waste management
ENGM040 Regulation and Management

Selected Bridge Engineering Group Modules:
ENGM029 Bridge Management
ENGM032 Steel and Composite Bridge Design
ENGM052 Long-span Bridges

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess 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 exhange(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 2017/8 academic year.