Faculty of Engineering


Master of Engineering Studies in Geotechnical Engineering

MEngSt (Geotechnical Engineering)

The Master of Engineering Studies in Geotechnical Engineering programme aims to further educate graduate students in the discipline of geotechnical engineering so as to enhance their contribution to engineering practice.

Graduates will be able to take leading roles in planning, evaluating, designing, constructing, maintaining, and managing the geotechnical infrastructure.

The programme also provides valuable background expertise for those wishing to enter into asset management or to begin to pursue a career in research and development.

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Quick facts - MEngSt (Geotechnical Engineering)
Points per degree 120
Full-time study One year
Part-time study Four years
Applications close Semester One: 8 December
Semester Two: 4 July

 

Who should apply?


The Master of Engineering Studies is for students with an academic engineering background who wish to continue their studies at an advanced level, develop an advanced technical foundation and gain an industrial perspective in a specialised area.

To be admitted to this programme, an applicant should have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil & Environmental Engineering with knowledge of geomechanics to the level CIVIL 324 - Geomechanics 3.

Programme structure


120 point programme

Semester One

Semester Two

30 points from

CIVIL 751 Experimental Geotechnical Engineering

15

CIVIL 752 Computational Geotechnical Engineering

15

at least 15 points from

CIVIL 725 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (offered in summer school)

CIVIL 720

Earthquake Engineering

15

CIVIL 702

Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations

15

up to 60 points from

CIVIL 701

Studies in Civil Engineering 1

15

CIVIL 726

Engineering Geology

15

CIVIL 721

Foundation Engineering

15

CIVIL 728

Geotechnical Engineering in Professional Practice

15

CIVIL 722

Slope Engineering

15

CIVIL 741

Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering

15

ENGSCI 711

Advanced Mathematical Modelling

15

 

 

 

ENVENG 746

Surface Water Quality Modelling

15

 

 

 

at least 15 points but no more than 30 points from

EARTHSCI 771

Advanced Engineering Geology

15

EARTHSCI 705

Geohazards

15

With the prior approval of the Head of Department, up to 45 points may be replaced by other appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this or another university

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Programme outline


The Master of Engineering Studies in Geotechnical Engineering programme aims to build on the geotechnical content of the BE (Civil) degree and develop graduates with enhanced ability to contribute to geotechnical  engineering practice.

New Zealand is a stimulating country in which to practise geotechnical engineering with its young and varied geology, seismic activity and diverse rainfall patterns. Many unique problems occur here as a result and these present challenges for innovative and novel solutions.

The programme has been designed with courses relevant to the New Zealand geotechnical environment, to fill the needs of the country.

There is a large demand for geotechnical engineers in the local workplace, as well as a worldwide shortage of geotechnical professionals.
 

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Career opportunities


This specialisation aims to address a shortage of suitably trained geotechnical engineering professionals.

Graduates will greatly enhance their ability to practice in the geotechnical engineering field, by extending their education in the area of their specialisation and by upgrading their current skills and training.

The programme will enable graduates to take leading roles in planning, evaluating, designing, constructing, maintaining, and managing the geotechnical infrastructure. The programme will also provide valuable background expertise for those wishing to enter into asset management or to begin to pursue a career in research and development.

 

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