Geoengineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #137 (QS) ,
Geoengineering relies on a wide range of disciplines including geo- and material sciences, mechanics and construction. Structures of interest include foundations, roads, escavations and underground structures like tunnels. The Geoengineering course is offered by Aalto University.


The Master’s Programme in Geoengineering at Aalto University gives you the knowledge, skills, and competences that are needed to understand the behaviour of soils for geotechnical engineering, of rocks for rock engineering and mining and of road structures for highway engineering. As a graduate of our programme, you will have a firm grasp of the entire life cycle of engineered structures. This covers the entire life cycle from research and design to construction, maintenance and recycling. Field investigations, laboratory experiments and numerical modelling are the tools a geoengineer relies on.

Geotechnical engineering

In geotechnical engineering, the main topics of interest are the mechanical, hydraulic and thermal properties of soil and their impact on foundations, soil-structure interaction and soil improvement. Sound geotechnical knowledge is the foundation of all construction.

Rock engineering

The core fields of rock engineering are rock mechanics, excavation techniques and applied geosciences. Rock engineering is about utilising bedrock as an underground space and as a mineral resource. The education gives you the tools required for designing optimal structures in the rock and expertise to carry out these plans in a safe, economic and most environmentally friendly way.

Highway engineering

Roads and trafficked areas are a crucial part of societal infrastructure and as such have a profound impact on everyday life and the entire function of the society. The focus areas in highway engineering are the structural design of roads and their structure, including bituminous materials.

Career prospects

Geoengineers have many opportunities to work in varying expert assignments. Graduates are mainly employed by industry, but also by government organisations and research institutions. They hold key positions ranging from research, teaching and consultancy to management, design and engineering. Typical job titles at the start of a career in geoengineering include project manager, designer and site supervisor. An academic position is also a possibility after completing a doctoral degree.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Numerical Methods in Geotechnics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rock Construction
  • Bituminous Materials and Mixtures
  • Seminar in Geoengineering
  • Special Assignment in Geoengineering
  • Foundation Engineering and Ground Improvement
  • Project Course in Geoengineering
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                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Credits
                  120 ECTS
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

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