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OPEN AND SHUT CASES

MASTERS COURSES

Several new geotechnical MScs feature this year. The University of Wales, Cardiff, has introduced environmental hydrogeology, Durham has environmental engineering towards sustainable development and Sheffield has two new courses - contaminant hydrology and urban water engineering and management. Newcastle has added consultancy skills to its engineering geology and geotechnical engineering courses.

The University of Greenwich has closed its two courses. No information was available on the University of Manchester's geotechnical engineering MSc as GE went to press.

University of Birmingham

Geotechnical engineering (previously known as foundation engineering)

One year full-time or 30 months part-time. Aims to provide an understanding of the key geotechnical techniques and principles. 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, environmental geotechnics and sustainability, earthquake engineering, underground geotechnics, advanced soil mechanics and computing methods, and financial management. Awards available include certificate, diploma or full MSc (taught element and an individual research project). Entry requirement: 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 if relevant work experience can be shown.

Geotechnical engineering and management

One year full-time or 30 months part-time. Course aims to provide students with a blend of geotechnical and managerial skills. 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, environmental geotechnics and sustainability, earthquake engineering underground geotechnics and managerial skills including law, project and construction management, risk management and finance. Awards available include certificate, diploma or full MSc (taught element and an individual research project). Entry requirements as above.

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

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.

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. uec. ac. uk/CSM

Cambridge University Engineering for sustainable development

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 Business School.

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 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.

Geoenvironmental engineering

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 Charles Augarde, course director, School of Engineering, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE. Tel: 0191 334 2504. Fax: 0191 334 2390. Email: engineering.msc@durham. ac. uk www. dur. ac. uk/ engineering/taughtmsc

Geotechnical 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.

Environmental engineering towards sustainable development

Full-time, one-year course aimed at UK and international students seeking to build on their engineering qualifications to become modern leaders in finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems. The prime objective is to produce MSc level engineers who are conversant in the three areas of sustainable development: environment, society and economy. This will enable them to take on positions of responsibility within industry, policy-making institutions and research to implement sustainable development on as many levels as possible. Entry requirements are an upper second class honours degree in geology or a related discipline. Ustinov and Shell/Chevening scholarships available.

Dr Karen Johnson, course director, School of Engineering, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE.

Tel: 0191 334 2441.

Fax: 0191 334 2390.

Email: engineering.msc@durham. ac. uk www. dur. ac. uk/ engineering/taughtmsc

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and Glasgow University

Geotechnical engineering

One-year full-time or two to three years part-time. Strong emphasis on research and links with local industry.

Comprises eight taught modules plus dissertation. Modules include numerical analysis, foundation engineering, critical state soil mechanics, environmental geotechnics, geotechnical design studies, ground engineering, rock mechanics and geological techniques in site investigation. 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 keen to pursue a career in geotechnical engineering. Practising engineers can complete the course part-time one day a week. Scholarships available.

Dr Trevor Davies, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8LT. Tel: 0141 330-5205 davies@civil. gla. ac. uk

Imperial College, London Engineering geology

Engineering geology and business management Engineering geology and sustainable development

Full-time, one-year, career oriented courses (with a two-year, part-time option) financially supported by 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. Includes four UK field trips, a study tour to active sites in continental Europe and a dissertation.

Students meet and work with researchers in numerical studies, fundamental geomechanical studies and in the premier research geotechnical laboratory in the UK. The course is aimed at those with a good honours degree in either geology or engineering; scientists from related disciplines, such as physical geography, chemistry and physics are also considered. Applicants should, ideally, have practical experience.

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

Soil mechanics

Soil mechanics and engineering seismology

Soil mechanics and environmental geotechnics

Soil mechanics and business management

Soil mechanics and sustainable development

These one-year full-time or two-year part-time courses share nine core 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 properties, 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. Recent developments include courses in advanced laboratory testing, sophisticated numerical analysis and field geophysics. Full funding is available for up to 10 students.

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

University of Leeds Engineering geology

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 Bill Murphy, School of Earth Sciences, Leeds Uni versity, LS2 9JT. Tel: 0113 3435232. Fax:

0113 3435259. Email: w. murphy@earth. leeds.ac. uk www. earth. leeds.ac. uk/msc/engl

Hydrogeology

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 lab 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.

Dr Noelle Odling, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT. Tel: 0113 3432806.

Fax: 0113 3435259. Email: N. odling@earth. leeds. ac. uk http: //earth. leeds. ac. uk/ msc/hydrogeol. htm

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Engineering geology

Geotechnical engineering

Engineering geology with consultancy skills

Geotechnical engineering with consultancy skills

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 parttime study for students already in employment, as well as the traditional one year full-time MSc programme.

Students on both degrees 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 being compulsory 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.

Dr Bryn Jones, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 222 6418.

Fax 0191 222 6502. Email: geotechnics@ncl. ac. uk.www. ceg. ncl. ac. uk

University of Nottingham

Contaminated land management: assessment, investigation and remediation

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.

Dr Paul Nathanail, Land Quality Management Group, Centre for Environmental Management, Nottingham University, NG7 2RD. Tel: 0115 951 8030. Email: paul.nathanail@nottingham. ac. uk www. nottingham.ac. uk/geography

Nottingham Trent University

Geotechnical engineering design and management

Part-time or full-time modular course. 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, sustainability in construction procurement, waste water & water supply. Modules run for about six weeks. Part-time students may join at any time. The one year, fulltime option runs from September each year.

Dr Mark Breach, School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, NTU, Notts NG1 4BU. Tel: 0115 848 2753. Fax: 0115 848 6450. Email: mark.breach@ntu. ac. uk www. ntu. ac. uk/sbe

University of Portsmouth

All applied MSc courses are timetabled over two days a week for full-time and one day a week for parttime study. Each course includes an extensive UK and overseas 'eldwork training programme.

Contaminated land Modular course designed to equip earth scientists with skills to tackle contaminated land problems. 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. Entry requirements are an honours degree in earth sciences, geology, applied geology, civil engineering, environmental science, chemistry or geography. Other qualifications in related areas will be considered, as will industrial experience.

Ground investigation and assessment

Designed to provide students with a sound background in engineering geology and geotechnics for a career in the geotechnical industry. Topics include properties, behaviour and classification of soils and rocks, desk studies, site investigations and geotechnical testing, ground excavation, principles of landslide hazard analysis and methods of stability assessment and field skills including rock and soil descriptions, rock mass assessment, surface mapping and geoscience data collection. Entry: honours degree in earth sciences, geology, applied geology, civil engineering and environmental science. Qualifications in related areas will be considered.

Geohazard assessment

The aim is to train earth scientists and engineers in state-of-the-art techniques for assessment of geological hazards. Topics include seismic, volcanic and landslide hazards, identification and assessment of a range of geological hazards, planning, implementation and presentation of hazard assessment strategies, application of geotechnical, statistical and geological computational tools, appropriate remediation methods, field skills, rock mass assessment, geohazard mapping and data collection. Entry: honours degree in earth sciences, geology, applied geology, civil engineering, environmental science or geography.

Malcolm Whitworth, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Tel: 023 9284 2264. Fax: 023 9284 2244. Email: malcolm.whitworth@port. ac. uk www.port. ac. uk/sees/ (under postgraduate study link)

University of Reading Soils and environmental pollution

One year full-time or two year part-time taught course and project with industry. Suitable for those working in the environmental sector wanting to acquire further qualifications. Modules taught comprise soil hydrology and solute leaching, soil constituents and surface properties, soil microbiology and biotechnology, chemistry of soil contaminants, classical statistics, site investigation, risk assessment, remediation, soils, waste and environmental management, soils and water quality, geostatistics. Entry requirements are an upper second class degree in earth or environmental sciences or civil engineering, with good background in maths, physics and chemistry. Alternative qualifications including experience in industry positively considered. Course recognised by NERC and receives advanced course studentships.

Dr Mark Hodson, Department of Soil Science, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading 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

Contaminant hydrogeology

Environmental management of urban land and water

Urban water engineering and management

One-year full-time or two-year part-time courses emphasising technical and scientific underpinnings of urban water management. Each consists of a series of three-week block taught modules, expanded in highly practical applied science and engineering modules to cover a comprehensive range of urban water management skills. Topics include environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, methods in water analysis, urban hydrogeology, groundwater modelling, dissertation planning, insitu remediation, risk assessment, natural attenuation, remediation of NAPLs, field investigation methods, landfill engineering, wetlands hydrology, water distribution, urban drainage, whole-life costing, sustainable systems, river mixing processes. Distance learning techniques minimise time spent on campus. An MSc consists of 12 modules and a dissertation. Also available are graduate diploma (12 modules - no dissertation) and certificate (six modules). Students benefit from significant industry support. Entry: second class honours in civil engineering or appropriate subject. Other qualifications considered. University scholarships and bursaries available.

NE Nash, postgraduate admissions secretary, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD. Tel: 0114 222 5711. Email: civilpgadm issions@sheffield. ac. uk www. shef. ac. uk/civil

University of Wales, Bangor

Applied marine geoscience

Full-time, one-year course to train postgraduates for the marine geoscience and geo-engineering industry.

Covers shelf, slope, and plain sedimentary processes and environments, forcing mechanisms (physical oceanography, climate and climate change, marine biogeochemistry), survey techniques (geophysics and remote sensing) and the geotechnical properties of marine sediments. 96% of past eight years of 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, or have go on to further research. Student sponsorships may be available.

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

University of Wales, Cardiff

Geoenvironmental engineering

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.

Norman David, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, CF24 OYF.

Tel: 029 20876390. Fax: 029 20874735. Email: Davidng@cardiff. ac. uk www. cf. ac. uk/engin

Applied environmental geology

Course taught full-time for six months then a further six months project work 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.

Professor Charles Harris, School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Cardiff University, Main Building, Cardiff CF10 3YE.

Email: harrisc@cf. ac. uk www. earth. cardiff. ac. uk

Environmental hydrogeology

Course taught full-time for six months then a further six months project work with an industrial partner, or as a part-time day release course over three years. Modules include water in the environment, hydrogeological techniques, advanced hydrogeological modelling, investigation and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater, applied geochemistry, applied geophysics, landfill waste disposal and environmental impact assessment. Projects are undertaken during summer placements with industrial partners or environmental regulators.

Dr Yuesuo Yang, School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Cardiff University, Main Building, Cardiff CF10 3YE. Email: yangy6@cf. ac. uk www. earth. cardiff. ac. uk

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