Geotechnical Engineering

National University of Singapore

24 months
18997 USD/year
18997 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering course, or MSc(Geotec), is hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering. The programme accepts both full time and part time students.


To qualify for the MSc(Geotec) degree, a candidate must successfully complete a programme of study consisting of at least 40 Modular Credits (MCs):

  • 28 MCs from the list of core modules
  • The remaining MCs from the list of elective modules

In addition, a student must obtain a minimum CAP of 3.00 (equivalent to an average grade of B-) for the best modules equivalent to 40MCs, inclusive of the core modules. Furthermore, the grade point obtained for each of the 7 core modules must be at least 2.5 (C+). A student is allowed one re-take for at most two core modules if the grade point obtained is less than 2.5 (C+).

The structure of the curriculum is derived from the need to meet the primary objective of the MSc(Geotec) programme, which is to produce engineers who can plan, design and supervise construction of temporary earth retaining structures in a competent and professional manner.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Linear Finite Element Methods
  • Earth Retaining Structures
  • Geotechnical Constitutive Modelling
  • Underground Construction Project
  • Excavation Support Systems
  • Geotechnical Investigation & Monitoring
  • Geotechnical Analysis
  • Seepage and consolidation of soils
  • Underground space
  • Analytical and Numerical Methods in Foundation Engineering
  • Ground improvement

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


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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.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

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).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

For admission to the M.Sc. (Geotec) programme, candidate must have completed at least a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering with 2nd Class Honours. Candidates with relevant working experience will be considered favourably.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18997 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37994 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    18997 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37994 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.



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