Geotechnical Engineering


Geotechnical engineering uses principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials; determine the relevant physical/mechanical and chemical properties of these materials; evaluate stability of natural slopes and man-made soil deposits; assess risks posed by site conditions; design earthworks and structure foundations; and monitor site conditions, earthwork and foundation construction.

Areas of study

You can choose from a wide selection of courses including experimental geotechnical engineering, computational geotechnical engineering, foundational engineering, slope engineering, earthquake engineering, rock mechanics and excavation engineering, soil behaviour, advanced mathematical modelling, risk assessment.

You can study Geotechnical Engineering in the following programmes:

What you will learn

This programme builds on the geotechnical content of the BE (Civil) degree and develops graduates with enhanced ability to contribute to geotechnical engineering practice.

Career opportunities

This specialisation aims to address a shortage of suitably trained geotechnical engineering professionals. Graduates will greatly enhance their ability to practice in the geotechnical engineering field, by extending their education in the area of their specialisation and by upgrading their current skills and training. It is anticipated the programme will enable graduates to take leading roles in planning, evaluating, designing, constructing, maintaining, and managing the geotechnical infrastructure. The programme will also provide valuable background expertise for those wishing to enter into asset management or to begin to pursue a career in research and development.

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