Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

Master of Engineering Science
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Program code: 
CVENRT8338
Program type: 
Master
Duration: 
2 years
Begins: 
February and September
Ajay Raj Adhikari, Master of Engineering Science (Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology)

Although the subject matter is very complex, the lecturers and tutors are extremely helpful and willing to tailor lectures to individual classes to meet the different interests and situations.

Ajay Raj Adhikari, Master of Engineering Science (Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology)

For those seeking ways to expand their career options in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology, or those who would like to move their existing engineering career in a new direction, the Master of Engineering Science will provide the advanced skills and knowledge required.

This program helps practitioners enhance and deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge. It provides students with advanced study options in Geotechnical Engineering/Engineering Geology and is ideally suited to practising Geotechnical Engineers and Engineering Geologists. 

The Master of Engineering Science program promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.  This program takes two years to complete (students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program); it is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.

 The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives.

 

Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 65% average in one of the following:

- Civil Engineering
- Civil Engineering with Architecture
- Mining Engineering
- Surveying

Other engineering disciplines or a Bachelor of Science in Geology may be considered for entry as determined by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose4 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4102 Operations & Projects
CVEN4201 Rock & Slope Engineering
CVEN4202 Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN4204 Ground Improvement & Monitoring Techniques
CVEN4301 Advanced Concrete Structures
CVEN4308 Structural Dynamics
CVEN4310 Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN9525 Fundamentals of Geomechanics Required for students without adequate background in Geomechanics.

Choose 4 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9511 Geotechnical Models and Site Investigation
CVEN9512 Geomechanics
CVEN9513 Advanced Foundation Engineering
CVEN9514 Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN9521 Slope Instability and Stabilisation
CVEN9522 Rock Engineering
CVEN9523 Pavement Engineering and Analysis
CVEN9524 Geotechnical Engineering of Dams
CVEN9526 Earthquake Engineering and Foundation Dynamics

Choose 3 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9931 Masters Project A Students who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
CVEN9932 Masters Project B Students who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
GSOE9010 Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011 Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220 Launching a startup GSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics & Financial Management Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9888 Environmental Management Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis Recommended for this stream.
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9802 Structural Stability
CVEN9806 Prestressed Concrete Design
CVEN9809 Reinforced Concrete Design
CVEN9820 Computational Structural Mechanics
CVEN9822 Steel and Composite Structures
CVEN9824 Advanced Materials Technology

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9710 Management of Risk
CVEN9723 Design of Construction Operations
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics & Financial Management
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework
CVEN9888 Environmental Management
CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis in Water and Energy Systems Planning

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9610 Surface Water Hydrology
CVEN9611 Urban Hydrology and stormwater management
CVEN9612 Catchment and Water Resources Modelling
CVEN9620 Channels, Rivers and Estuaries
CVEN9630 Groundwater Hydrology and Resources Analysis
CVEN9640 Coastal Engineering
CVEN9855 Water and Wastewater Analysis and quality requirements

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9405 Urban Transport Planning Practice
CVEN9407 Transport Modelling
CVEN9415 Transport Systems Part 2
CVEN9422 Traffic Management and Control

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9511 Geotechnical Models and Site Investigation
CVEN9512 Geomechanics
CVEN9513 Advanced Foundation Engineering
CVEN9514 Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering
CVEN9521 Slope Instability
CVEN9522 Rock Engineering
CVEN9523 Pavement Engineering
CVEN9524 Geotechnical Engineering of Dams
Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.