Major in Engineering Geology

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The interactions between man, engineered structures and geology.

D-ERDW - MSc in Earth Sciences - Major in Engineering Geology

Earth related hazards can only be predicted and minimised with the understanding of the behaviour of rocks and soils related to near-surface loading. Students in Engineering Geology learn to interpret landforms and earth processes that may have an impact on civil structures.

More specifically students gain the ability to characterise the site geology in the form of a comprehensive geological-geotechnical model. They learn how to design and execute a site investigation project and how to interpret and synthesise diverse and often highly-fragmented geological and technical data, and how to transfer such data into an appropriate and scientifically-valid model as required for engineering analysis and design.

MSc in Earth Sciences – Major in Engineering Geology
Total 120 ECTS

Required Modules:

A) Fundamentals
B) Methods
C) Integration
D) Industry Practical (internship)

Elective Courses 28 ECTS
Science in Perspective (programme offered by D-GESS)
MSc Project Definition and MSc Proposal 10 ECTS
Engineering Geological Seminar 2 ECTS
Master Thesis 30 ECTS

The Major in Engineering Geology is designed for students from both the Earth and Environmental Science as well as from Geological Engineering fields. The compulsory courses cover the core skills of Engineering Geology and include fundamentals, methods and tools, integration courses as well as a two and a half month industry practical.

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