M.Sc. Earthquake and Offshore Geotechnical Engineering

University of Dundee

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,910 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,777 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MSc in Earthquake and Offshore Geotechnical Engineering is part of the Division of Civil Engineering's extensive programme of postgraduate studies and research. The course builds on the Division's renowned research expertise and industrial experience in current aspects of geotechnical engineering.

Course Benefits:

- Better preparation for successful careers in industry, commerce or academia

- Development of skills, knowledge and understanding in a specialist field

- Participation in the research activities of a world-class department

- A wide range of research projects are available in any of the following areas: earthquake engineering (foundations during earthquakes, liquefaction, faulting), offshore engineering (foundations, anchors, pipelines and offshore processes), foundation engineering and ground improvement. Some of these projects will be linked to industry

- Development of transferable skills in research methods, communication and management of large and small scale projects

- Part-time students have the option of relating their research project directly to ongoing work within their employment

Course Delivery:

For full-time students the course runs for 12 months starting in the autumn. Part-time students can take the course over a period of two or three years, and it may be possible for the research project to be carried out in collaboration with your current employer.


There are three main elements to the course programme:

Core ModulesThese provide skills generic to engineering and research. The three modules are:

- Research Methods and Communications

- Health, Safety & Environmental Engineering

Specialist Modules

The specialist modules provide in-depth and advanced knowledge, and build upon our expertise. These cover the following topics:

- Offshore Geotechnical Engineering

- Advanced Soil Mechanics and Geoenvironmental Engineering

- Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

Research Project The research project accounts for half of the programme and gives you the opportunity to benefit from, and contribute to our research. At the end of the project students submit a dissertation based on their research. Students select their projects from a list offered by the academic staff or may suggest their own topic.

Students taking the Postgraduate Diploma carry out a shorter research project and complete an extended report.

Methods of Assessment:

The course is assessed by coursework and examination.


Applicants 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. For applicants with a non-technical degree, they should hold a 2:1 honours degree or above, and their suitability for one of the MSc programmes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



Professional Accreditation: ICE/IStructE

The programme is currently approved by the Joint Board of Moderators as an Approved Further Learning Scheme for Charted Engineers.

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