Geotechnical Engineering

University of Dundee

12 months
21950 GBP/year
7650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Geotechnical Engineering from University of Dundee is part of the Division of Civil Engineering's extensive programme of postgraduate studies and research. 


The Geotechnical Engineering course from University of Dundee builds on the Division's renowned research expertise and industrial collaborations in current aspects of geotechnical engineering, including:

  • Offshore engineering (incl. Oil and Gas, Marine Renewables & Aquaculture)
  • Foundation design
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Ground improvement

The course is supported by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre in the form of full scholarships with industry-linked projects, recognising the importance of geotechnical engineering to key sectors of the Scottish economy.

Key reasons include:

  • Better preparation for successful careers in industry, commerce or academia
  • Development of fundamental skills in analytical and numerical modelling in geotechnical, structural and soil-structure interaction areas
  • Development of skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of topical specialist fields
  • Participation in the research activities of a world-class department
  • A wide range of research projects are available in any of the following areas: offshore engineering (foundations, anchors, pipelines and offshore processes), marine engineering for aquaculture, earthquake engineering (foundations during earthquakes, liquefaction, faulting), foundation engineering and ground improvement. Some of these projects will be linked to industry


There is a continuing demand for civil engineers particularly in the energy and water sectors and the skills of the civil engineer are highly portable in the multi-disciplinary engineering sectors.We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. The blend of science, technology and management education and training gained in a unique learning environment that is both challenging and friendly, makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil engineering and a wider range of sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Research Methods and Diploma Project
  • Health, Safety & Environmental Management
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

You should normally have, or expect to have an honours degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent professional or overseas qualifications, in a relevant academic discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7650 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Geotechnical Engineering
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