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MASTERS COURSES

The University of Birmingham has launched a new course on geotechnical engineering and management, while Leeds is now running a course in hydrogeology.

Dundee will not be running its geoenvironmental engineering and management course this year because of staff changes.

University of Birmingham Foundation engineering Geotechnical engineering and management One year full time, 20 months split course and part time option available. Syllabus includes soil mechanics, engineering geology, environmental ground engineering and foundation design, with subjects such as geotextiles, tunnelling and earthquake engineering. Entry is by at least a second class degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

Full-time or part-time course for civil engineers and geologists aiming to provide a blend of geotechnical and managerial skills, thus providing an understanding of the key techniques and principles required by the modern engineer working in the geotechnical engineering arena. Eight taught modules cover properties of soils and rocks, ground investigation, field and laboratory testing, engineering geology, analysis, design and construction of foundations, retaining walls, embankments and slopes, ground reinforcement and improvement and managerial skills including law, project management and finance. MSc students must complete an individual research project. A postgraduate diploma will be awarded those students completing the taught modules and a certificate will be awarded to those completing part of the taught element. Entry requirement is a good honours degree or equivalent in civil engineering, a geotechnical or geological based subject awarded by a recognised institution. Applicants without degrees will be considered provided relevant work experience can be shown.

Modular programme of one year full-time to three years part-time including six taught modules and a major project dissertation. Taught modules include fundamental geotechnics, surface excavation, underground excavation (large caverns), tunnel design, environmental assessment and monitoring, applied hydrogeology and hazard and risk assessment. The course has a strong application bias, with fieldwork and computer-based investigation and design elements. Some modules may be taken as part of the mining engineering MSc, which may include project management, mineral resource estimation and project financial appraisal. Scholarships available.

Jan Fasci, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT.

Tel: 0121 414 5089. Fax: 0121 414 5051. Email:pga-civeng@bham. ac. uk www. eng. bham. ac. uk Camborne School of Mines/ University of Exeter in Cornwall Applied geotechnics One year full-time (MPhil) programme designed to help professionals from the engineering and built environment sectors meet the increasing demand for systems that do more with less, are cleaner in production and meet complex demands. The programme provides an opportunity to combine a discipline base in engineering with courses on business and entrepreneurship, provided by Cambridge's business school, the Judge Institute of Management.

Dr John Coggan, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter in Cornwall, Tremough Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ. Tel: 01326 371824 Email: j. coggan@ csm. ex. ac. uk;www. ex. ac. uk/csm Cambridge University Engineering for sustainable development Full-time, one year course comprising taught modules in geo-engineering, soil engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, and rock engineering plus one other module from tropical and arid soils or environmental engineering. The dissertation may be carried out in Greece, Portugal or the UK. Entry requirements are an upper second class honours degree in geology or a related discipline. Ustinov and Shell/Chevening scholarships available.

The course administrator, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University. Email:

susdev-admin@ eng. cam. ac. uk www-g. eng. cam. ac. uk/ sustdev/ mphil. html University of Durham Engineering geology Full-time, one year course comprising taught modules in environmental engineering, water engineering, geo-engineering and geotechnical engineering, with optional modules in soil engineering, rock engineering or tropical and arid soils. The environmental engineering module focuses on practical problems relating to protection and amelioration of groundwater, contaminated land and waste management. Entry requirements are an upper second class honours degree in geology, environmental science or a related discipline. Ustinov and Shell/Chevening scholarships available.

Dr DG Toll, Course Director, School of Engineering, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE. Tel: 0191-374 3925. Fax:0191-374 2550. Email:engineering. msc@durham. ac. uk www. dur. ac. uk/engineering/ postgrad/mscs. html Geoenvironmental engineering Full-time, one year course comprising taught modules in soil modelling, geo-engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, rock engineering plus one other module from tropical and arid soils or environmental engineering. The soil modelling module focuses on advanced numerical modelling of geotechnical problems. Entry requirements are an upper second class honours degree in civil engineering or a related discipline. Ustinov and Shell/Chevening scholarships available.

Flexible modular programme taught as week-long intensive short courses. The syllabus covers site investigation, resource evaluation, engineering geomorphology, rock and soil mechanics, aggregate testing and processing, hydrogeology, research and business methods. Sessions from visiting lecturers from industry. A major project follows on from the taught element of the course, with many offered in collaboration with industry. Entry is normally via a second class honours degree in geology, civil engineering or related disciplines.

Geotechnical engineering This flexible modular course is studied part-time, via intensive week-long short courses covering issues in remediation, from social and land value concerns to regulatory and policy issues, together with science and technological developments. There are modules in remediation techniques, hydrogeology and water quality, pollutant behaviour, redevelopment and regeneration, site investigation, risk assessment and the legal framework. Teaching is by researchers active in the Centre for Contaminated Land Remediation, academics and industry professionals. Each module can be taken as an individual short course with potential for CPD recognition.

One year full-time or two to three years part-time course offered by the Universities of Heriot-Watt and Glasgow. Great importance is placed on research and the course has strong links with local industry. It comprises eight taught modules (six compulsory, two optional) plus a dissertation. Modules include numerical analysis, foundation engineering, critical state soil mechanics, environmental geotechnics, geotechnical design studies, ground engineering, rock mechanics, soil dynamics, problem soils, geological techniques in site investigation and groundwater flow. The course is designed for civil engineering graduates with a good honours degree and as a conversion course for good graduates in geology, engineering geology, geography, earth sciences and environmental engineering who are keen to pursue a career in geotechnical engineering. Practising engineers can complete the course part-time one day a week. SAAS awards, ESF, Panasonic trust fellowships and university studentships are available.

University of Greenwich Engineering geology and geomaterials (MSc Open) Contaminated land remediation (MSc Open) These one year full-time or two year part-time courses sharing a core of nine main topics: fundamental soil mechanics, laboratory and field techniques, analysis and constitutive models, seepage and consolidation, engineering geology, earth pressures, embankments, slopes and foundations. Skills in team working, presentation and IT are developed in projects, laboratory work, numerical analysis exercises, field work and informal colloquia. Soil mechanics students have additional courses in rock mechanics, further engineering geology, advanced soil propDr Paula Carey, Centre for Contaminated Land Remediation, School of Science, University of Greenwich at Medway, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB. Tel: 020 8331 9843. Fax: 020 8331 9805.

Email: p. j. carey@gre. ac. uk www. gre. ac. uk/directory/ earthsci Dr Peter Woodward, School of the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and Glasgow University Geotechnical engineering erties, unsaturated soil behaviour and geotechnical processes. The seismology option includes engineering seismology, earthquake geotechnical engineering, advanced soil behaviour and dynamics and environmental geotechnics. Environmental geotechnics students take courses on contaminants, site investigation clean-up and control, landfill, tailings dams, hydrology of contaminated land, further engineering geology and geotechnical processes. Students taking business management or sustainable development have special option modules of 120 hours dedicated to these topics. Recent developments include hands-on courses in advanced laboratory testing, sophisticated numerical analysis and field geophysics. Students undertake four field courses, including a week in Greece, before starting their 15 week individual research projects. Students often have practical experience and many come from overseas. The MSc provides a potential SARTOR route to CEng status for those with suitable non-engineering first degrees. Full funding (fees and subsistence) is available for up to 10 students through the EPSRC MTP scheme and a well-supported industrial bursary fund. Part-time students have one year between the first and second taught terms to work on their dissertations.

Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton EH14 4AS. Tel: 0131 451 8010. Fax:0131 451 5078. Email:p. k. woodward@ sbe. hw. ac. uk www. sbe. hw. ac. uk Imperial College, London Soil mechanics Soil mechanics and engineering seismology Soil mechanics and environmental geotechnics Soil mechanics and business management Soil mechanics and sustainable development These full time, one-year, career oriented courses (with a two year, part time option) are financially supported by arrangements between the course and industry. Topics include engineering geology, ground investigation, applied engineering geology, soil and rock mechanics, hydrogeology (including hydrogeology for contaminated land), stability of rock and soil slopes, engineering geology of foundations and ground treatment, a full suite of laboratory practicals and master classes in professional practice. There are shorter courses on engineering geophysics, air photography and risk analysis. The course includes four UK field trips to study the engineering response of soils and rocks, geotechnical mapping for engineering design and analyses, fieldwork with engineering geophysics, a study tour to active sites in continental Europe and a dissertation. Senior practising engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers are involved with the course and in its teaching. Students meet and work with students on the soil mechanics courses, and researchers working in numerical studies, fundamental geomechanical studies and in the premier research geotechnical laboratory in the UK, and more. The course is aimed at those with a good honours degree in geology or engineers and scientists from related disciplines, such as physical geography, chemistry and physics. Applicants should, ideally, have practical experience.

One year full-time course or two or three years full-time interrupted study - run jointly by the School of Earth Sciences with the Department of Mining and School of Civil Engineering. Two terms of taught course comprising engineering geology, engineering geomorphology, hydrogeology, soil mechanics, foundation engineering, rock mechanics, photogeology, terrain analysis, clay mineralogy, contaminated land and engineering geophysics, followed by four months of individual project work, usually in cooperation with industry. Entry requirements are a second class honours degree in geology as a major subject, civil or mining engineering. Supported by the National Environmental Research Council (NERC).

Dr Matthew Coop, Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College, London SW7 6BU Tel:020 7594 6038/6077. Fax:020 7225 2716. Email:m. coop@ic. ac. uk www. cv. ic. ac. uk Imperial College, London Engineering geology Engineering geology and business management Engineering geology and sustainable development One year full-time course or two or three years full-time interrupted study run by the School of Earth and Environment. Two terms of core taught course comprising theoretical hydrogeology, field and laboratory skills, hydro-geochemistry, groundwater modelling and three optional routes comprising hydrology, environmental management and geophysical methods. This is followed by four months of individual project work, usually in cooperation with industry (water companies, environmental consultancies or the Environment Agency). Entry requirements are a second class honours degree in geology, geography, geophysics, physics, environmental science or engineering.

Full-time modular course emphasising the importance of computer simulation in design of geotechnical construction. Compulsory and optional modules give a grounding in continuum mechanics and applied finite element analysis. Both home-written and package software are used and contrasted. Project and dissertation work is based on industrial input.

Dr Michael de Freitas, Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College, London SW7 6BU Tel: 020 7594 6023/6077. Fax: 020 7225 2716. Email:m. defreitas@ic. ac. uk www. cv. ic. ac. uk Both the engineering geology (NERC studentship funded) and geotechnical engineering (funded through EPSRC) courses are based around a series of intensive one week block modules designed to facilitate part-time study (typically over two to three years) for students already in employment, as well as the traditional one year full-time residential MSc programme. Students take common compulsory modules in rock engineering, ground engineering techniques, ground investigation, and geotechnical engineering. The two programmes then diverge, with field skills and hydrogeology being compulsory in engineering geology and soil modelling and numerical methods in geotechnical engineering. Optional modules on, for example, contaminated land can be taken as a part of both degrees. Design and project work are emphasised throughout and a lengthy MSc dissertation can be either industry-based or have a research theme.

Leeds University Engineering geology Hydrogeology The course has been revamped and now comprises a mixture of distance learning and eight weeks' university attendance over two years.

The part-time modular MRes prepares students for specialisation in site characterisation, risk assessment and remediation technologies and the principles of sustainable urban regeneration. Graduates have a wide range of technical and management skills necessary to investigate, assess and remediate contaminated land. Students are supplied with personal copies of key texts. The final module, a study tour usually to North America, shows delegates a different regulatory regime, innovative technologies and the chance to compare UK, European and US practice. Entry requirements are a good degree in science or engineering and relevant experience in contaminated land practice.

Part-time or full-time modular course. Full-time students are taught on average two days a week and part-time students on average one day a week. Range of geotechnical and management modules may include contract law and dispute management, environmental and economic studies, health and safety, procurement strategy and project management, project/dissertation, research methods, site investigation, structural aspects, water resources, contaminated land, geomatic engineering, geomatic engineering practice, geosynthetics and retaining walls, highway network planning and design, soil mechanics and foundations, structural refurbishment, sustainability in construction procurement, waste water & water supply. Modules run for seven or eight weeks, combining home learning assignments and university attendance, usually over two weekends. Minimum time to complete the MSc for part time students (nine modules plus a work-related dissertation) is normally two and a half years; one year for full-time students. Part-time students may join at any time. The one year, full-time option runs from September each year. Funding available.

Dr Bill Murphy, School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT Tel: 0113 3435232.

Fax: 0113 3435259. Email:w. murphy@earth. leeds. ac. uk www. earth. leeds. ac. uk/msc/ engl Dr Noelle Odling, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT Tel: 0113 3431924. Fax: 0113 3436233. Email: n. odling@ rdr.leeds. ac. uk; www. earth. leeds.ac. uk/msc/hydrogeol. htm University of Manchester Geotechnical engineering Modular course - timetabled over two days a week full-time, one day a week part time study - designed to equip earth scientists with skills to tackle contaminated land problems, particularly those relevant to environmental and engineering geology. Topics include analytical and geotechnical laboratory testing methods, planning and interpretation of contaminated land ground investigations, groundwater management and contamination, contamination mitigation techniques, modelling using geotechnical, statistical and geological computational tools, preparation and presentation of technical reports and an extensive fieldwork programme including local site visits and residential field courses. Entry requirements are an honours degree in earth sciences, geology, applied geology, civil engineering, environmental science, chemistry, geography. Other qualifications in related areas will be considered, as will industrial experience.

Sarah Friar, University of Manchester, M13 9PL. Tel: 0161 200 4594/4633. Email: sarah. e.friar@manchester. ac. uk; www.umist. ac. uk/civilandconstruction University of Newcastle upon Tyne Engineering geology Geotechnical engineering This course - timetabled over two days a week full-time, one day a week part time study - designed to provide students with a sound background and training in engineering geology and geotechnics for a career in the ground investigation and geotechnical industry, is aimed at graduates of earth sciences, civil engineering or related disciplines.Topics covered include properties, behaviour and classification of soils and rocks, the use of desk studies, site investigations and geotechnical testing, fundamentals of ground excavation including surface and underground excavation, principles of landslide hazard analysis and methods of stability assessment and field skills including rock and soil descriptions, rock mass assessment, methods of surface mapping and geoscience data collection. Entry requirements are an honours degree in earth sciences, geology, applied geology, civil engineering, environmental science or geography. Other qualifications in related areas will be considered, as will industrial experience.

Dr Bryn Jones, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Tel: +44 (0)191 222 6418. Fax +44 (0)191 222 6502. Email:geotechnics@ncl. ac. uk.

www. ceg. ncl. ac. uk University of Nottingham Contaminated land management:assessment, investigation and remediation The aim of the course - timetabled over two days a week full-time, one day a week part time study - is to train earth scientists and engineers in state-of-the-art techniques for the assessment of geological hazards. Topics covered include geological and geophysical hazards including seismic, volcanic and landslide hazards, identification and assessment of a range of geological hazards, planning, implementation Dr Paul Nathanail, Land Quality Management Group, Centre for Environmental Management, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD. Tel: 0115 951 8030 Email: paul. nathanail@ nottingham. ac. uk; www.nottingham. ac. uk/geography Dr Mark Breach, School of the Built Environment. Tel: 0115 Nottingham Trent University Geotechnical engineering design and management and presentation of hazard assessment strategies, the application of geotechnical, statistical and geological computational tools including GIS and remote sensing, selection of appropriate remediation methods for a range of geological hazards, field skills including rock and soil descriptions, rock mass assessment, geohazard mapping and data collection. Entry requirements are an honours degree in earth sciences, geology, applied geology, civil engineering, environmental science or geography. Other qualifications in related areas will be considered, as will industrial experience.

University of Portsmouth Contaminated land One year full-time or two and three year part-time course. Core modules in environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, field investigation methods, urban and industrial hydrogeology, natural attenuation of organic pollutants, landfill engineering and environmental management, whole-life costing for engineering design, personal skills and career development. Optional modules in groundwater flow and solute transport modelling, urban drainage engineering, assessment and remediation of non-aqueous phase liquids, insitu groundwater remediation, risk assessment for soil and groundwater, wetlands hydrology and water quality, modelling water distribution and laboratory methods and instrumentation. A dissertation forms a significant part of the degree. Many project topics are linked to research within the department and there is significant industry support within the programme. Opportunity to take one or two semesters of taught courses for a graduate diploma or certificate. Entry requirements are a second class honours in civil engineering or appropriate subject. Other qualifications or professional experience will be considered. University scholarships and bursaries available.

Ground investigation and assessment Full-time, one year course to train postgraduates for the marine environmental geoscience and geo-engineering industry. Covers transport and deposition of shelf, continental margin and deep sea sediment, physical oceanography, remote sensing, the geotechnical properties of marine sediments and geophysical techniques. Past students have found employment in offshore survey for the oil and gas industry, geophysical contract companies, river and harbour boards, the offshore detrital mining industry, government laboratories, and specialist engineering and dredging contractors. Student sponsorships (fees and maintenance grant) may be available for 2005/06 through bursaries offered by the European Social Fund of the objective 1 scheme. Contact Dr Dei Huws for details of how to apply.

One year, full-time with two semesters and a summer project period, or part-time over three years. Interdisciplinary degree course with engineering, earth sciences and biosciences. Assessment is by examination, coursework and dissertation. Entry is a good second class honours degree in civil engineering, geology, ecology or related subject. Full EPSRC studentships are available.

Geohazard assessment Course taught for six months then a further six months with an industrial partner, or as a part-time day release course over three years.Modules include soil and rock mechanics, geotechnical and contaminated ground investigation, ground engineering, remediation of contaminated ground, applied geochemistry, applied geophysics, hydrology, hydrogeology, landfill waste disposal, environmental impact assessment and applied Quaternary geology. Projects are undertaken during summer placements with industrial partners.

Malcolm Whitworth, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Tel: 023 92842264.

Fax: 023 92842244. Email:malcolm. whitworth@port.ac. uk; www. port. ac. uk/sees/ (under postgraduate study link) University of Reading Soils and environmental pollution Dr Mark Hodson, Department of Soil Science, School of Human & Environmental Sciences, Whiteknights, RG6 6DW.

Tel: 0118 378 6974.

Fax: 0118 378 6660. Email:m. e. hodson@ reading. ac. uk;www. soils. rdg. ac. uk University of Sheffield Environmental management of urban land and water NE Nash, postgraduate admissions secretary, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD. Tel:0114 222 5711, Email:civilpgadmissions@sheffield.ac. uk; www. shef. ac. uk/civil University of Wales, Bangor Applied marine geoscience Dr Dei Huws, School of Ocean Sciences, Menai Bridge, Gwynedd LL59 5AB.

Tel: 01248 382523. Email:d. g. huws@bangor. ac. uk www. sos. bangor. ac. uk www. sos. bangor. ac. uk University of Wales, Cardiff Geoenvironmental engineering Applied environmental geology Dr Stephen Rees, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, CF24 OYF. Tel: 029 20875760.

Fax: 029 20874597. Email:ReesS@ cardiff. ac. uk;www. cf. ac. uk/ engin Professor Charles Harris, Department of Earth Sciences, PO Box 914, Cardiff CF10 3YE.www. earth. cardiff. ac. uk

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