MRes in Geo-Environmental Engineering

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An MRes degree combines 33% (60 credits) of taught classes and 67% Project (worth 120 credits).  It is ideal for students who are looking for an alternative to a taught Masters programme or for students who are considering a PhD in the future. 

An MRes would be suitable for students who are interested in carrying out shorter research projects or for students who wish to tailor their studies to suit their own research interests and/or career objectives.  For students considering continuing their studies to PhD Level, it is possible for good students to transfer from the MRes into year two of a PhD (i.e. the MRes would be equivalent to the first year of the PhD). 

Our MRes in Geo-Environmental Engineering is unique in Scotland and the UK for being taught by a group of professionally qualified civil engineers, chemists, microbiologists, and economists employed full-time in the one university department. Our brand-new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities provide hands on experience of chemical, biological and geotechnical tests that are essential for understanding the multi-disciplinary topics that constitute Geo-Environmental Engineering.


Students are required to take six taught classes in total.  This comprises of four compulsory classes (listed below) and two optional classes which can be chosen from our extensive list of Postgraduate classes.  Our MRes students also have the option of taking “Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry”.  This exciting new module allows students to gain credits for work carried out with, at or for an external organisation*. 

Core Modules (40 credits):

  • Contaminated Land
  • Hydrogeology
  • Research Protocols for Science and Engineering
  • Site Investigation & Risk Assessment

Optional Modules (20 credits):

Students can choose from our extensive portfolio of postgraduate taught classes.  A full-list of options can be found on our module descriptor page.

Research Project

Projects can be chosen from a wide range of areas.  Supervisors will be chosen from one of our three main research groups:

Some examples of current/previous research projects can be found on our website.


Applicants should normally hold (or expect to hold) a first or upper second class Honours Degree from a UK Institution (or overseas equivalent). 

The MRes in Geo-environmental Engineering will appeal to recent graduates in engineering, earth sciences, geotechnics, bioscience, chemistry and chemical engineering who wish to enhance their undergraduate study with a greatly sought after vocational qualification. This course would also benefit professionals and companies who wish to develop their skills and carry out quality research.


This course will significantly enhance your CV and improve your future employment prospects.  During their studies, students will develop a range of transferrable skills that are relevant to careers in industry, academia and the public sector. 
An MRes will develop a student’s communication skills, critical analysis and presentation skills.  Students will also gain experience of conference attendance and working with large bodies of complex materials.

For students wishing to continue to an MPhil or PhD, the MRes can be used as a stepping stone: either as a precursor or as the initial component of the research.


Applications for the MRes should be made online at:

Applicants should ensure they upload the following documents when submitting an application:

  • Degree Transcripts showing all classes and grades (if you are awaiting your final results, please upload your most current transcript). 
  • Final Degree Certificate
  • Two letters of reference
  • A copy of your CV
  • A brief paragraph of your desired research area.

International Applications should also provide:

  • English Language Certificate (IELTS preferred)
  • Scanned copy of your passport (showing your photograph and passport number)
  • Confirmation of funding letter (if available).


For further information, please condact either Dr Richard Lord, Course Director or Lisa Lyons, MRes Programme Administrator.


* NB: Approval for students taking this module is done on a case-by-case basis by the MRes Course Director.  Student participation is selected by competitive application and CV.