One-year full-time or two years 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, presentational and IT are developed in projects, numerical analysis, field geophysics sessions and informal colloquia. The soil mechanics route has additional courses in rock mechanics, further engineering geology, advanced soil properties, unsaturated soil behaviour and geotechnical processes. The seismology option includes engineering seismology, earthquake geotechnical engineering, advanced soil behaviour and dynamics and environmental geotechnics students take courses on contaminants, site investigation, clean up and control, landfill design, mine tailings dams, hydrology of contaminated land, further engineering geology and geotechnical processes. A 15-week research project culminates in a formal dissertation. Students have appropriate degrees, most have practical experience and many come from overseas. Full funding (fees andsubsistence) is available for appropriate students through the EPSRC Masters Training Package scheme and an industrial bursary fund.
Full-time, one-year, career orientated course for geologists and engineers, supported by NERC studentships. Topics include applied engineering geology, soil and rockmechanics, hydrogeology (including hydrogeology for contaminated land), stability of rock and soil slopes and engineering geophysics. The course includes field courses(including a study tour to the continent) and a dissertation. Applicants should have a good honours degree and, ideally, practical experience. Most students are full time but a two-year part-time option is available. The postgraduate course in engineering geology has run continuously since 1958; it has close contacts with industry and involves senior practising engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers in its teaching.
Professor Richard Jardine, Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College, London, SW76BU.Tel: 020 7594 6083/6077.Fax: 020 7225 2716.Email: r. jardine@ic. ac. uk Michael de Freitas, Departmentof Civil Engineering, Imperial College, London, SW7 6BU.Tel: 020 75946023.Fax: 020 72252716.