Civil and Geoenvironmental Engineering (Taught)
This MSc offers you the knowledge and expertise that you need to help you forge a career as a consulting geoenvironmental engineer within a multi-disciplinary professional team. The course is designed to provide specialist postgraduate professional development in this emerging discipline, encompassing areas traditionally within civil engineering, earth sciences and biology.
Geoenvironmental engineering is an inclusive discipline which recognises that many environmental challenges cannot be solved by one traditional discipline alone. The solutions to environmental challenges relating to human interaction with soil, groundwater and surface water require engineers to possess a broad range of knowledge and expertise. Cardiff University's MSc in Civil and Geoenvironmental Engineering prepares you to meet these challenges.
Civil engineering, earth sciences and the life sciences are all part of the discipline of geoenvironmental engineering. As a geoenvironmental engineer you could be involved in a wide range of activities, including contaminated land management, hydrogeology, water resource management, geochemical analysis, groundwater and surface water contamination fate and transport prediction, environmental impact assessment, environmental risk assessment, and habitat management. Geoenvironmental engineers frequently work in multidisciplinary project teams and developments.
A 2:2 honours degree in Civil, Structural, Architectural or Geotechnical Engineering or a similar field such as Earth Sciences or Biosciences from a UK university, or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have relevant industrial experience we will give your application individual consideration.
Good mathematical skills are an advantage.
Entry to courses in Engineering will be subject to the University requirements for English language.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Dissertation (Civil, Structural, Geoenvironmental, Water)
- Industrial Practice
- Professional Engineering Studies
- Environmental Fluid Mechanics
- Environmental Policy and Regulation
- Engineering Case Study
- Soil and Groundwater Chemistry
- Land Contamination
- Waste Management and Recycling
- Numerical Techniques in Civil Engineering
- Big Data and AI in Civil Engineering
- Theoretical Soil Mechanics
- Coastal and Estuarine Engineering
- Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
Full-Time tuition fees
- UK and EU students: £9,700
- Students from outside the EU: £21,950
Part-Time tuition fees
- UK and EU students: £4,850
- Students from outside the EU: £10,975
What skills will I practise and develop?
Knowledge and understanding
Upon completing this programme, you should be able to:
- Understand the multidisciplinary nature of geoenvironmental engineering and the need for the integration of knowledge from civil engineering, earth sciences and biological sciences in the management of geoenvironmental engineering challenges.
- Demonstrate awareness of the significance of geological, geochemical, hydrological and biological data in geoenvironmental management.
- Demonstrate awareness of the scientific, technical, legal and commercial issues affecting geoenvironmental engineering practice;
- Describe the techniques used to characterise flow of groundwater and surface waters.
- Describe and model the principal geochemical processes affecting contaminant mobility in the ground and their role in impacting the quality of groundwater and surface waters.
- Describe surface water biota and biological processes, and the effects of contaminants on the ecology of surface waters.
- Undertake mathematical and numerical modelling of groundwater flow and groundwater contaminant transport.
- Select appropriate methods for the investigation, assessment, management and mitigation of contaminants in the ground, in groundwater and in surface waters.
- Use knowledge and scientific, evidence-based, methods in the assessment and solution of geoenvironmental engineering challenges, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information.
- Deal with complex geoenvironmental engineering issues both systematically and creatively.
- Show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
- Critically review the background to a geoenvironmental engineering problem and to formulate a programme of work to address the issue.
- Systematically undertake a significant research project in geoenvironmental engineering which includes originality in the application of knowledge and the exercise of critical engineering judgement.
- Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways, and identify means to gain new data where needed.
- Conceive, plan, execute, and communicate the results of an extended in-depth piece of individual project work.
- Sustain a critical argument, both in writing and through presentations.
Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of geoenvironmental engineering problems.
- Manipulate, present and report data in a variety of ways.
- Manage resources and time.
- Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written, and physical or practical means.
A small number of graduates each year go on to further study, typically a PhD.
The record of employment of graduates of the Cardiff University MSc in Civil and Geoenvironmental Engineering is excellent, with the majority of graduates joining engineering consultants.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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