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.
This degree combines a number of subjects including:
You'll complete six taught modules. Four classes are compulsory and you then choose two optional.
You can choose from a wide range of topics. Supervisors will be chosen from one of our seven main research groups:
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
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.
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.
Research Protocols for Science & Engineering
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
Site Investigation & Risk Assessment
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.
This class explores the complete sequence of a site investigation:
- Desk study
- Site sampling organisation and techniques
- Data collection
- Chemical analysis
The class also covers data modelling and interpretation using risk assessment models.
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.
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.
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
- chemical engineering
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
How can I fund my course?
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.
Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.
Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
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.
You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.
All you have to do is complete our online application.
We look for a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline, from a recognised educational institution.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.