M.Sc. On Campus

Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology

12 months
35700 GBP/year
15400 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology MSc programme offered at Imperial College London is concerned with the solution of engineering problems connected with the study of seismic ground movements, their effect on foundations and building materials and engineering structures. 


By following the Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology MSc programme offered at Imperial College London you will attend two terms of lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and fieldwork and you will undertake your research dissertation in the third term, all based at the South Kensington Campus (apart from fieldwork). 

The laboratory classes will offer you a first-hand experience of experimental soil mechanics in our modern, purpose-built teaching laboratories. You will participate in three field trips; one weekend in each of the Autumn and Spring terms to investigate the engineering geology and geotechnical issues in two distinct areas of the UK, followed by a one-week study tour at the beginning of the Summer term visiting several geotechnical and geological projects in Southern Europe.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology MSc programme gain employment in a wide range of organisations, including international consultancies, contractors, governmental bodies and academia. Our MSc graduates have an excellent record due to our strong engagement with industry. We operate an Industrial Bursary scheme, currently supported by 13 international companies, which provides scholarship awards to the best applicants for our MSc programme every year. The participating companies hold recruiting events, deliver lectures in the spring term and recruit a number of our MSc graduates every year.


  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Institute of Highway Engineers
  • The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Applied Numerical Analysis
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Seepage and Consolidation
  • Strength and Deformation
  • Analysis and Constitutive Modelling
  • Site Investigation and Engineering Geomorphology
  • Geotechnics Fieldwork
  • Laboratory Testing and Data Interpretation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Most postgraduate courses remain open until they are full, so make sure you apply in good time. UK and non-visa nationals have the same deadline.




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in civil engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences or a numerate discipline.
  • A suitable grounding in mathematics is required, for example: A-level Mathematics grade A or B.
  • Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements listed but who have substantial relevant industry experience may exceptionally be admitted following completion of a ‘Special Qualifying Exam’ (SQE).
  • A wide variety of international qualifications are accepted.
  • All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
  • Online application.
  • Application fee.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35700 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    15400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15400 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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