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Openings, closures and a comeback


The University of Dundee has launched a course in geoenvironmental engineering and management and Leeds is about to offer a course in hydrogeology.Nottingham has restarted its contaminated land management course after a year's break while Reading has closed its hydrogeology and groundwater quality course.

University of Birmingham Foundation engineering

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.

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

Tel: 0121 414 5089. Fax: 0121 414 5051. Email: uk www. eng. bham. ac. uk

Camborne School of Mines/University of Exeter

Applied geotechnics

Modular programme of one year full-time to three years part-time. Six 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. 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, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3SE. Tel: 01209 714866. Fax: 01209 716977. Email: j. coggan@csm. ex. ac. uk www. ex. 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 Institute of Management.

Vida Docherty, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.

Email: vjd21@eng. cam. ac. uk www-g. eng. cam. ac. uk/sustdev/ mphil. html

University of Dundee

Geoenvironmental engineering and management

One-year full-time or two to three years part-time course providing the skills and knowledge appropriate to the needs of the geoenvironmental engineering industry and environmental regulators. Comprises 10 taught modules plus integrated group project. Modules include hydrogeology, environmental water quality, soil mechanics, environmental risk, land reclamation, waste management, site investigation, environmental law, commercial environment, research methods and project planning. The taught element of the course is followed by a four-month placement with an industrial partner, spent undertaking project work for a dissertation. The course is designed to appeal to students with civil engineering and geoscience backgrounds, eg geology, geography and environmental science.

Dr Tim Newson, Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 4HN. Tel: 01382 344342. Fax: 01382 344816. Email: t. a. newson@dundee. ac. uk www. dundee. ac. uk/civileng/degrees/ MScGEM. htm

University of Durham Engineering geology

Full-time, one-year course comprising taught modules in geo-engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, soil engineering and rock engineering.

The taught component is complemented by a major individual project which may be carried out in Greece, Portugal or the UK. Entry: upper second class honours dereee 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, soil modelling 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: upper second class honours degree in geology, environmental science or a related discipline. Ustinov and Shell/Chevening scholarships available.

Geotechnical engineering

This new programme comprises the following modules and is designed specifically for engineers: geo-engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, rock engineering, tropical and arid oils - plus one other module from soil engineering, environmental engineering or soil modelling. Candidates must complete a dissertation. Entry: upper second class honours degree in civil engineering or a related discipline. Ustinov and Shell/Chevening scholarships available.

Mrs Ann Whyatt, secretary, GeoEngineering, School of Engineering, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE. Tel: 0191-374 3925. Fax: 0191-374 2550. Email: ann. whyatt@durham. ac. uk www. dur. ac. uk/Engineering/Postgrad /mscs. html

University of Greenwich Engineering geology and geomaterials (MSc Open)

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.

Contaminated land remediation (MSc Open)

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.

Dr 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

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and Glasgow University Geotechnical engineering

One-year full-time or two to three years part-time course offered by the Universities of Heriot-Watt and Glasgow. Great importance placed on research and the course has strong links with local industry. It comprises 10 taught modules plus a project and dissertation. Modules include numerical analysis, foundation engineering, critical state soil mechanics, environmental geotechnics, geotechnical design studies, site investigation, earth retaining structures, rock mechanics, soil dynamics, problem soils and constitutive modelling of granular soils. Entry: 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.

Dr Peter Woodward, Dept of Civil & Offshore Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton EH14 4AS. Tel: 0131 451 8010. Fax: 0131 451 5078.

Email: peterw@civ. hw. ac. uk www. civ. hw. ac. uk

Leeds University

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' individual project work, usually in co-operation with industry. Entry: 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, 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

University of Manchester and UMIST

Geotechnical 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.

Prof Ian Smith, University of Manchester, M13 9PL. Tel: 0161 275 4304. Email: ian. smith@man. ac. uk www. umist. ac. uk/civilandconstruction

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Engineering geology and geotechnical engineering

Newcastle offers one of two MSc courses in engineering geology funded by NERC.

The geotechnical engineering MSc course, developed from the long established rock mechanics and excavation engineering and the soil mechanics and foundation engineering MSc courses, has been supported under the Masters Training Package scheme by EPSRC for the 2000-05 period. Courses for both MSc courses are run on a modular basis. Students choose from a range of topics, including engineering geology, foundation engineering, ground engineering techniques, hydrogeology, numerical methods, soil mechanics, soil and rock engineering, and remediation of contaminated and derelict land. Some modules in both the engineering geology and geotechnical engineering programmes will be delivered over two- week intensive periods as 'block modules'. Suitable taught modules will be delivered in this way for CPD and full time MSc use in 2004/2005. Design and project work are emphasised and the MSc dissertation is normally industry supported or research based. Both 0courses have limited studentship support for UK students from either NERC or EPSRC.

George Reeves, MSc course director (Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering), School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 222 6605. Fax: 0191 222 6613. Email: george. reeves@ncl. ac. uk www. ncl. ac. uk/civeng

University of Nottingham

Contaminated land management: assessment, investigation and remediation

This popular masters course has been revamped and now comprises a mixture of distance learning and just eight weeks' university attendance over two years. The part-time modular MRes/PGDip prepares students for specialisation in site characterisation, risk assessment and remediation technologies. 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 to North America, shows delegates a different regulatory regime, innovative technologies and the chance to compare UK, European and US practice. Entry: a good degree in science or engineering and relevant experience in contaminated land practice.

Dr Paul Nathanail, LQM, Centre for Environmental Management, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Tel: 07970 843 061 Email: paul. nathanail@nottingham. ac. uk www. nottingham. ac. uk/scheme

Nottingham Trent University

Geotechnical engineering design and management

Part-time or full-time modular course. Full-time students are taught two days a week and part-time students one day a week. Range of geotechnical and management modules include site investigation, geological engineering, earthworks and slopes, contaminated land, ground improvement, soil mechanics and foundation engineering, earthquake engineering, geosynthetics and retaining walls, health and safety, law and practice, contract law and dispute management, procurement strategy and project management. Modules run for seven or eight weeks, combining home learning assignments and university attendance, usually over two weekends. Minimum time to complete the MSc (eight modules plus a work-related dissertation) is normally two and a half years. Students may join at any time. The one-year, full-time option runs from September each year. Some funding available.

Ian Jefferson, School of Property and Construction. Tel: 0115 848 2130. Fax: 0115 8486450. Email:

ian. jefferson@ntu. ac. uk www. construction. ntu. ac. uk/ graduate_school

University of Portsmouth

Modular course designed to equip earth scientists to tackle contaminated land problems, particularly those relevant to environmental and engineering geology.

Taught by experienced practitioners and focused towards expanding employment opportunities. Modules include application of GIS and risk analysis. Entry: honours degree in earth science, civil engineering or chemistry discipline. Other qualifications in related areas will be considered, as will industrial experience.

Ground investigation and assessment

Engineering geology conversion course aimed at graduates of earth sciences, civil engineering or related disciplines. Provides sound background in engineering geology for a career in ground investigation and geotechnical industry. Entry: honours degree in a relevant earth science or civil engineering.

Geohazard assessment

Conversion course covering hazard reduction and mitigation put forward as part of the international decade for natural disaster reduction. Includes geological and geophysical processes causing hazards, properties and behaviour of soils and rocks, site investigation, seismic and volcanic hazards, hydrogeology, climate hazards, remote sensing, GIS and landslide hazard and slope stability. A study tour to Italy forms part of the fieldwork programme.

David Fall. Tel: 023 92842290. Fax: 023 92842244. Email: David. fall@port. ac. uk www. civl. port. ac. uk

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: 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

Environmental management of urban land and water

One-year full-time or two-year part-time course. Core modules in environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, field investigation methods, industrial and urban hydrogeology, natural attenuation of organic pollutants, risk assessment methods, whole-life costing for engineering design, personal skills and career development. Optional modules in groundwater flow and solute transport modelling, urban drainage engineering, non-aqueous phase liquids and risk assessment for soil and groundwater. A dissertation forms a significant part of the degree. Many project topics are linked to research within the department.

Opportunity to take one or two semesters of taught courses for a graduate diploma or certificate. Entry: Second class honours in civil engineering or appropriate subject. Other qualifications or professional experience will be 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: civilpgadmissions@sheffield. ac. uk www. shef. ac. uk/civil

University of Wales, Bangor

Marine geotechnics

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, 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 may be available for 2004/05 through bursaries offered by the university and by the European Social Fund of the Objective 1 Scheme.

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. Full EPSRC studentships are available.

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

Applied environmental geology

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.

Professor Charles Harris, Department of Earth Sciences, Cardiff University, PO Box 914, Cardiff CF10 3YE. Email: harris@ocean. cf. ac. uk www. earth. cardiff. 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 are 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 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 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 Italy, 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.

Engineering geology

Engineering geology and business management

Engineering geology 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 analyses. 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 lab in the UK, and more. Entry: 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.

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

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