Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Study MSc Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology at Royal Holloway, University of London and you will be equipped with the scientific knowledge, tools and skills needed to combat the effects of climate change, and align your career with ‘New Green Deal’ recovery programmes in an area of growing demand from key industry employers. You will benefit from first-class research-led teaching and holistic training that combines the disciplines of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, learning how to apply geological information in solving practical problems and harnessing natural resources sustainably. You’ll study foundational modules in rock and soil mechanics, hydrogeology and fluid flow, GIS, near-surface geophysics, and sequence stratigraphy. The course offers exciting elective modules that will enrich your learning and allow you to follow your chosen areas of specialisation. It also introduces you to key transferable academic skills with students from other MSc degree programmes in Earth Sciences as part of a large and friendly postgraduate community. Multiple field trips throughout your studies will develop the skills needed for thorough site investigations, and you’ll gain experience of working in small teams to deliver a presentation and executive summary of a particular locality or aspect of the course. Throughout your studies you’ll benefit from close contact with industry partners through internships, placements and professional practice modules to enhance your employability and prepare for a rewarding career. Your independent research project, forming one-third of the course can involve working on ‘real-life’ engineering projects. You will benefit from first-class research-led teaching, with contributions from professionals from environmental consultancies and engineers, local and regulatory authorities, industry, and leading research institutes. As a member of our renowned Department of Earth Sciences, you’ll contribute towards our leading research culture with your own Independent Research Project. Make use of our extensive range of modern geochemical analysis facilities and computer laboratories as you develop your skills for a rewarding future career. From time to time, we make changes to our courses to improve the student and learning experience, and this is particularly the case as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. If we make a significant change to your chosen course, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.


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Assessment method

Teaching will be delivered mainly via lectures, with extensive opportunities for fieldwork, guest seminars from invited industry speakers, and student-led ‘flipped classroom’ group work. Students will be assigned personal tutors from the group of teaching staff. Assessment will take the form of a combination of coursework, group presentations and reports, and fieldwork syntheses (and the final dissertation). There is no assessment via examinations. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded with a Masters. There are associated exit awards with this degree: PGDip Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology and PGCert Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology.

Entry requirements

2:2 Normally we require a UK 2:2 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects. Vocational and professional experience within the environmental sector is desirable, but not essential.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £10600 Year 1
EU £21700 Year 1
England £10600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £10600 Year 1
Scotland £10600 Year 1
Wales £10600 Year 1
Channel Islands £10600 Year 1
International £21700 Year 1

Additional fee information

These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Please be aware that tuition fees can rise during your degree (if longer than one year’s duration). This means that the overall cost of studying the course part-time will be slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. This figure is the fee for EU and international students starting a degree in the academic year 2024/25. Find out more ( These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2024/25 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.
Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS