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Engineering Geology and Geotechnics

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Science subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology or relevant Technology subject).

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science or Engineering).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-54, to include a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects in Science subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography or relevant Technology subject).

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Science at grade C or above. GCSE Mathematics at grade B/GCSE English and Science at grade 4 or above. GCSE Mathematics at grade 5.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with two Higher Levels in Science subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology or relevant Technology subject). 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include a minimum of two Higher Levels in Science subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology or relevant Technology subject).

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Must be in a Science or relevant Technology based subject.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Must be in a Science or relevant Technology based subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

Must be in a Science or relevant Technology based subject

112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers in Science subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology or relevant Technology subject).

T Level

M

T Level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development: Not Acceptable // T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning: Merit // T Level in Education and Childcare: Not Acceptable

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, in Science subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology or relevant Technology subject).

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Engineering geology

Applied geology

Geotechnical engineering

**Overview**
Take your first step towards becoming a professional Chartered Engineering Geologist or Chartered Geotechnical Engineer on this BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree course.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of geological science and develop the technical expertise to work on the design and construction of tunnels, roads, dams, and surface and underground mine excavations.

Taking this course makes you eligible for the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Industrial Bursary Scheme. If you're accepted onto this scheme, you'll be awarded a bursary of £1,750 in years 1, 2 and 4, a 44-week paid work placement after year 2, and an 8-week paid work placement after year 1(see below for more details). 

Graduates from this course have high levels of employability, and play a key role across many sectors, including construction, mining and quarrying, and offshore and onshore renewable energy. The knowledge, technical skills and and confidence you'll develop on this course, which includes the option of a year working in industry, will open doors to excellent career prospects and opportunities to work for consultants and contractors across the globe.

This course is accredited by The Geological Society and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IMMM).

**What you'll experience**
On this course, you'll:
- Learn at a University where geology and geotechnics have been taught for more than 50 years

- Have the opportunity to apply for the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Industrial Bursary Scheme, which if granted gives you a bursary during academic study years, and access to valuable paid work placements (see below for more details)

- Learn from staff with both industry and academic experience

- Develop fundamental knowledge of geological science, engineering, mathematics and materials

- Develop knowledge, practical skills and techniques that you will use throughout your career

- Get out of the classroom to put what you learn into practice, collecting samples and analysing results

- Have the opportunity to go on field trips to locations such as the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Norfolk, the Cotswolds, north Scotland, the French Alps

- Have the option to take a self-funded, non-assessed trip to Hong Kong, to further your studies

- Get the chance to take an optional paid placement year in the UK or overseas

- You'll also get access to the University's XRF, gamma spectrometry, crystal growth, low temperature physics, geochemistry and palaeontology labs

Facilities you'll use include:
- a petrology laboratory

- a soil mechanics laboratory

- a rock mechanics and rock physics laboratory

- a photogrammetric suite encompassing remote sensing and GIS 

- a Scanning Electron Microscope

**Careers and opportunities**
This degree offers a fast track towards a career as a professional Chartered Engineering Geologist or Chartered Geotechnical Engineer when you do additional training. After you complete the course, you'll be in high demand on engineering projects in global locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Canada and Hong Kong as well as in the UK.

**What can you do with an Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree?**
Recent graduates have been involved with:
- major site investigations for international projects

- investigation and stabilisation of old mine workings

- coastal engineering

- flood alleviation projects

- dam site investigation and design

- major tunnelling projects in the UK and overseas

- development of deep mines in South Africa and Australia

What jobs can you do with an Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- graduate engineering geologist

- graduate tunnelling engineer

- graduate geotechnical engineer

- graduate mining geotechnical engineer

- graduate foundation engineer

Modules

Year 1
In your first year, you'll concentrate on the fundamentals of the geological sciences, as well as focusing on engineering mathematics and materials. You'll also develop key field skills on a number of field trips.

Core modules in this year include:
- Engineering Geology and Geohazards
- How the Earth Works
- Mathematical Principles
- Mineralogy and Petrology
- Sedimentology and Palaeontology
- Soils and Materials 1

Year 2:
In year 2, you'll specialise in the more applied areas of the subject and do fieldwork, which is a vital component of this geoscience degree.

Core modules in this year include:
- Geoenvironmental Risk Management
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Ground Investigation
- Professional Skills for Geoscientists
- Soils and Materials 2
- Structural Geology

Placement year (optional):
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
In your final year, you'll complete an independent project where you can decide the geological and engineering based topic, collect samples, carry out lab tests and report on your findings.

Core modules in this year include:
- Geohazard Risk Management
- Engineering Geology and Geotechnics Project
- Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology
- Rock Engineering
- Soils and Materials 3

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through: exams, laboratory reports, oral and poster presentations, reports on field-based projects, computer-based assessment.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

96%
high
Engineering geology
96%
high
Applied geology
82%
med
Geotechnical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
98%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
55%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

Civil engineering

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
51%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Earth sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
15%
Natural and social science professionals
15%
Engineering professionals

Civil engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Engineering professionals
9%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians

Do you want to be in demand? This might be the degree for you! We are officially short of civil engineers, and so around two thirds of civil engineering graduates start jobs specifically as civil engineers, and starting salaries are well over £25k last year. Demand for civil engineers and related jobs - we're short of all of them - means that good graduates have plenty of options directly related to their degree when they graduate. This is a subject where work experience can be very helpful in getting a job and many students do work for engineering companies while they take their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Geography, earth and environmental studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£26k

£26k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£33k

£33k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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