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MResGeoenvironmental Engineering

Why this course?

We've very strong industrial links and an active Industrial Advisory Board which contributes to curriculum design and the overall student experience.

This one-year research-led MRes in geo-environmental engineering is suitable if you're looking for an alternative to an MSc or are interested in carrying out shorter research projects and wish to tailor your studies to suit your own research interests and career objectives. The MRes is suitable for students interested in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

An MRes takes one year full-time or two years part-time to complete. Part-time study is only available to UK students.

You’ll study

This degree combines a number of subjects including:

  • geotechnics
  • microbiology
  • chemistry
  • hydrogeology

You'll complete six taught modules. Four classes are compulsory and you then choose two optional.

MRes thesis

You can choose from a wide range of topics. Supervisors will be chosen from one of our seven main research groups:

Facilities

Our department’s £6M purpose-built and state-of-the-art research laboratories opened in June 2013. These facilities include:

  • Geomechanics Laboratory
  • Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Structures Laboratory
  • Numerical Modelling of Geomaterials
  • Field Investigation Capabilities

Teaching staff

The course is unique in Scotland and the UK, as you'll be taught by a group of professionally qualified civil engineers, chemists, microbiologists and geoscientists.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Contaminated Land

Within the background of land redevelopment (residential, industrial/commercial and gardens/parks), this class aims to provide insights into the remediation of contaminated land, including the regulatory framework and risk assessment, sampling & analysis, and various remedial techniques for contaminated land.

Necessary requirements for this class

Some previous knowledge of environmental engineering, environmental science, chemistry, or public health is beneficial.

Hydrogeology

This class will help you to:

  • gain an understanding of Hydrogeology as a discipline
  • discuss and explore the physical mechanisms of water movement in the subsurface
  • undertake experiments in the lab that demonstrate key principals of groundwater movement
  • explore hydrogeological issues based on case studies
Research Protocols for Science & Engineering

In this class, run by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, students will acquire familiarity with, and practice of, research techniques, and examine different ways of, and gain experience in, presenting research results.

The class discusses the key principles, and practical exercises, on both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including survey methods, interviewing techniques, use of census data and statistical methods.

The class also includes discussion of ethical issues. Finally, there is some research project-related teaching on choosing a research question and a research method, and writing a research proposal.

Site Investigation & Risk Assessment

This class explores the complete sequence of a site investigation:

  1. Desk study
  2. Site sampling organisation and techniques
  3. Data collection
  4. Chemical analysis

The class also covers data modelling and interpretation using risk assessment models. 

Elective classes

You can choose your optional classes from a wide range of postgraduate classes on offer, as approved by MRes Course Director.

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. 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.

The class "Rock Mechanics, Tunnelling and Groundwater" introduces Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) from a rock mechanics perspective and uses the world-leading Aquistore project in Canada as a case study.

Learning & teaching

This course is delivered via a mixture or lectures, tutorial, practical laboratories and research seminars.  

Assessment

You'll be assessed via a mixture of written assignments, formal examinations, lab-based assessments, poster presentations and team projects. 

The final MRes thesis is assessed orally in a viva voce examination.  

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second-class Honours Degree from a UK institution (or overseas equivalent).

We accept students from a wide variety of disciplines including (but not limited to):

  • civil and environmental engineering
  • earth sciences
  • bioscience
  • chemistry
  • chemical engineering

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £18,750

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship Scheme for International Students 

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is offering a substantial number of scholarships for international students with outstanding academic qualifications who are commencing their studies from September 2016. Students may be eligible for a scholarship towards their tuition fees of up £3,340 for the first year of their programme of study. Find out full details of our scholarships.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

An MRes will significantly enhance your CV and improve future employment prospects.

During your studies you'll develop a range of transferable skills that are relevant to careers in industry, academia and the public sector.

In addition, our MRes will develop your communication skills, critical analysis and presentation skills as well as giving you experience of conference attendance and working with large bodies of complex material. An MRes can also be used as a stepping stone for students wishing to continue to an MPhil or PhD, either as a precursor or initial component of the research.

Contact us

Apply

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete our online application.

Entry requirements

We look for a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant  discipline, from a recognised educational institution.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • copies of transcripts and certificates of all degrees (in English)
  • two references, one of which must be academic and completed using the reference form
  • an updated CV, detailing research and/or industry experience along with details of your publications
  • a personal statement identifying your proposed research question/area, your experience in the area to date, why you want to research that field etc

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

International applicants

If you're applying internationally, you'll also need to provide us with the following:

  • proof of IELTS English language proficiency if English isn't your first language (taken within two years)
  • a scanned copy of your passport
  • a scanned copy of your sponsorship letter (if available)

Research proposal

Your proposal should clearly identify:

  • your research question
  • how your research question relates to other work in the field
  • your experience in the area to date
  • why you want to research that field
  • your proposed methodology and fieldwork along with the likely availability of information you'll need
  • an indicative timetable

Supervisors

Research supervisors are assigned to you by the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

We ask you to highlight a potential supervisor in your application but the department will team you up with the best supervisor for your project.

Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration.

If it's not compatible with the researcher's current projects and they cannot supervise then it's passed along to another for consideration.

If they can supervise you then the supervisor will confirm and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

If you accept, you'll be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you'll have provided.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

International students

If you're applying internationally, we'll need you to provide an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

To get a certificate, you'll need to create a Research Statement which must define the nature of your research very exactly.

This will be agreed between you and your supervisor.

Your supervisor will then add this statement to your online application and once you've completed all conditions of your offer, a CAS number will be issued.

You then must submit your application to ATAS.

When you have your approval from ATAS, using your CAS number you can then apply for your visa.

As soon as you have your visa we'll send you your registration documents.

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