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Geoenvironmental Engineering (MSc)

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Geoenvironmental engineering is an inclusive discipline which recognises that many environmental challenges cannot be solved by one traditional discipline alone. The term Geoenvironmental Engineering is a broad one covering the contributions that geotechnical engineers, environmental engineers, hydrogeologists, earth scientists, geochemists, water engineers, biologists, and ecologists, amongst others, make to environmental management, site characterisation, environmental risk assessment, waste disposal, soil and groundwater remediation, habitat protection, and environmental rehabilitation.

Geoenvironmental engineering is a forward looking discipline interfacing with areas traditionally within civil engineering, earth sciences and the life sciences. The discipline centres on human interaction with the ground and water environment, in particular through infrastructure development, environmental assessment and environmental management. Geoenvironmental engineers are involved in a wide range of activities, including contaminated land management, hydrogeology, water resource management, geochemical analysis, groundwater and surface water contamination fate and transport prediction, environmental impact assessment, environmental risk assessment, and habitat management. Geoenvironmental engineers frequently work in multidisciplinary project teams.

Scheme Structure

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The solution of environmental challenges related to human interaction with soil, groundwater and surface water often requires a broad range of knowledge and expertise. The Cardiff University MSc in Geoenvironmental Engineering prepares students to meet those challenges. The MSc is an innovative partnership between the Cardiff School of Engineering, the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Science and the Cardiff School of Biosciences, and is administered by Cardiff School of Engineering.


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It is anticipated that most graduates of the course will join engineering consultants, where they will work in multidisciplinary teams undertaking a wide range of geoenvironmental monitoring, geoenvironmental engineering, and geoenvironmental management activities. Substantial industrial involvement with the design and delivery of the course ensures the continuing relevance of the MSc as preparation for professional employment work in this area.


This programme has been accredited by the ICE, IStructE, IHT and IHIE, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for intakes 2009-2013 inclusive, for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree or an IEng accredited BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.


Admissions Tutors

For admissions enquiries please contact:

 Dr Diane Gardner or tel: 44(0)29 20870776

or Dr Steve Rees as below

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Dr Steve Rees

"For further information on the course or specific questions about the course, please feel free to contact me"

Entry Requirements

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Admission to the MSc in Geoenvironmental Engineering requires a good first degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, earth sciences or biosciences, or in a cognate numerate scientific discipline, or appropriate professional experience. Currently, a good first degree is taken to mean one that would be equivalent in attainment to a 2(i) honours classification from a UK university. Applicants without an engineering or applied science background should bear in mind that there are significant numerical / computational elements to the MSc in Geoenvironmental Engineering.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain a satisfactory standard in an approved English language qualification before being accepted unconditionally on to a postgraduate course of study. The University's English Language Service for International Students provides English language support and advice on academic study skills to full-time overseas students studying - or intending to study - at Cardiff University.

Funding Opportunities

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A limited number of Cardiff School of Engineering International Scholarships are available for international students applying for this MSc course. There is no need to apply for these, eligible applicants will be considered on the basis of their application form for the MSc.


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