Soil Mechanics

Key information

Start date: October 2017
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Course Director
Dr Stravroula Kontoe

MSc Soil Mechanics
Open to applications

Business Management stream
Open to applications

Engineering Seismology stream
Open to applications

Environmental Geotechnics stream
Open to applications

Sustainable Development stream
Suspended for 2017 entry
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MSc Soil Mechanics
MSc Soil Mechanics and Business Management
MSc Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology
MSc Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics
MSc Soil Mechanics and Sustainable Development

Overview

These courses explore the properties of soils and soft rocks in relation to civil engineering, the theory of geomechanics and practical geotechnical engineering.

All our MSc courses are career-oriented and cover both theoretical background and practical design considerations. Lectures are given mainly by full-time staff but important contributions are made by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are eminent industrialists.

Many of our students continue their studies to undertake research towards a PhD.

Choosing a stream

The MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology 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. Course-specific modules are as follows:

  • Basic dynamics and analysis of strong motion data
  • Earthquake geotechnical engineering
  • Engineering seismology

The MSc in Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics meets the growing need for advanced specialist geo-environmental education, including a grounding in the relevant topics in chemistry and biology. Course-specific modules are as follows:

  • Contaminated land and groundwater
  • Landfill engineering

Part-time study

All of our MSc courses are also offered on a part-time basis by term release.

This normally involves attendance in the autumn term of one year and the spring term of a second year.

The dissertation is undertaken with regular guidance from a College supervisor, by private study or by arrangement at your place of employment.

Please contact the relevant course director for details of the part-time arrangements for each course.

Study programme

All of our MSc courses last one calendar year, comprising two terms of taught examinable material followed by a research dissertation.

The courses share a core of topics covering fundamental and applied soil mechanics. Three compulsory field courses are also organised, in Kent, the Bristol area, and Southern Europe.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Modules

  • Advanced constitutive modelling
  • Advanced soil properties
  • Analysis and constitutive models
  • Applied engineering geology coursework
  • Consolidation and seepage
  • Earth pressures
  • Embankments and earthworks
  • Engineering geology of soils and rocks
  • Foundations
  • Geotechnical processes
  • Ground profiles and ground investigation
  • Laboratory and field techniques
  • Laboratory data interpretation
  • Partly saturated soil behaviour
  • Rock strength and failure
  • Stability of slopes
  • Strength and deformation
  • Fieldwork
  • Dissertation

Business Management module

This MSc course offers the add-on module of business management, which comprises 120 hours of study as an alternative to the corresponding amount of engineering study.

This four-unit module equips you with the skills needed to work in competitive business environments in the civil engineering industry. It is suitable for those who wish to combine a technical competence in their chosen field with a grasp of the principles of business management, and is designed to complement core material in the MSc courses. 

Further details are available from the Department (cvenquiries@imperial.ac.uk).

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
Full-time £12,000
Part-time (two years) £6,000 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £29,000
Part-time (two years) £14,500 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (particularly in subjects such as civil engineering, as well as other branches of engineering, natural sciences, earth sciences and other numerate disciplines).

Applicants with relevant industrial and professional experience may also be considered.

A-level Mathematics at minimum grade B or equivalent also required.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Civil Engineering

Contact us

T: +44(0) 20 7594 5929
E: cvpgo@imperial.ac.uk

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