Civil and Geoenvironmental Engineering (MSc)
- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
This course is designed to provide specialist postgraduate professional development in this emerging and inclusive discipline, which recognises that many environmental challenges cannot be solved by one traditional discipline alone. The programme encompasses areas traditionally within civil engineering, earth sciences and biology.
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.
The distinctive features of this course include:
- Professional practice issues are integrated with the scientific and engineering foundation of the MSc through a series of short, workshop-style training courses covering practical aspects. These short courses are delivered by recognised professional practitioners in the industry.
- The course involves an innovative partnership between the Cardiff School of Engineering, the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences and the Cardiff School of Biosciences.
- The MSc in Civil and Geoenvironmental Engineering is accredited by the ICE, IStructE, IHT and IHIE, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for intakes 2014-2018 inclusive, for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree or an IEng accredited BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
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.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
The course is comprised of taught modules in the Autumn and Spring semesters, followed by an individual research project.
The degree programme is available on a one year full-time basis or on a three year part-time basis. The full-time programme is delivered over two taught semesters followed by a research period and preparation of a dissertation. This MSc is a partnership between the School of Engineering, the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Science and the School of Biosciences, and is administered by the School of Engineering.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
Once you have completed the taught section of your course in Part 1, you will be required to undertake an individual research project in a specialist area of geoenvironmental engineering, leading to the preparation of a dissertation.
Project work is undertaken under the direct supervision of a member of staff in one of the three participating departments.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Industrial Practice||ENT512||10 credits|
|Professional Engineering Studies||ENT521||10 credits|
|Environmental Fluid Mechanics||ENT602||10 credits|
|Environmental Policy and Regulation||ENT620||10 credits|
|Engineering Case Study||ENT725||20 credits|
|Flood Design||ENT750||10 credits|
|Soil and Groundwater Chemistry||ENT752||10 credits|
|Waste Management and Recycling||ENT761||10 credits|
|Dissertation (Civil, Structural, Geoenvironmental, Water)||ENT509||60 credits|
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
How will I be taught?
Part 1 of your course involves taught classes such as lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. You will be taught by leading international researchers in the fields of civil and geoenvironmental engineering.
A feature of the MSc in Civil and Geoenvironmental Engineering is the series of short, workshop style training courses covering practical applications, integrating professional practice issues with the scientific and engineering foundation of the course. These workshops are delivered by recognised professional practitioners in the industry.
How will I be assessed?
Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.
Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher. Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a Distinction.
Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a Merit. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits required for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate for the achievement of at least 60 credits.
How will I be supported?
You will receive supervision from experts in their field during your project and dissertation, and will have access to the research facilities of the School.
You will receive written feedback for written coursework assignment and oral feedback for assessed presentations.
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.
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
No specific equipment is required.
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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. A small number of graduates each year go on to further study, typically a PhD.
Substantial industrial involvement with the design and delivery of the course ensures the continuing relevance of the MSc as preparation for professional employment work in this area.