MSc Track: Geo-Engineering

Knowledge of the shallow sub-surface and insights into its properties are of vital importance in the field of civil engineering and applied earth sciences, for a wide variety of construction projects ranging from the drilling of tunnels and the excavation of mines and building pits to the foundations of buildings and the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways. Without sufficient knowledge of the subsurface and its properties, there is significant risk of failure. With the Geo-Engineering Track, you will learn how to investigate and characterize the materials you encounter in the subsurface and how to use this information to the design constructions and estimate the risk of failure. You can enrol in this track from within the MSc programmes in Civil Engineering or Applied Earth Sciences.  

Engineering Challenges
How do you limit the damage to existing buildings when you are drilling a tunnel under the City of Amsterdam? How will the construction of a dam and water reservoir affect the stability of the adjacent mountainside slopes? How can you construct a highway on saturated ground, while ensuring that it will not require a lot of maintenance due to subsidence shortly after completion? Within the Master’s Track in Geo-Engineering, you will learn how to meet such challenges. Following graduation, you can find employment in the Netherlands or abroad with contractors as well as government agencies, research institutes and consultants or companies in the mining and energy sector.

MSc programmes per September 2022
As per September 2022 we are planning to redesign the master programme Civil Engineering. If this process proceeds as planned, the subjects of the tracks mentioned below will be integrated in the master programme Civil Engineering per September 2022. Students who enroll in the current track in September 2021, can continue this track until August 2024, after which a transition into the new master programme Civil Engineering will apply. The curriculum of the new master programme will be published on our website as of September 2021. Please contact the study advisors if you have urgent questions at this moment or consult our frequently asked questions section.

Key features of this track:

➨ Understanding, testing, monitoring and modelling of

  • Subsurface heterogeneity and uncertainties associated with engineering in natural soils and rocks
  • Behaviour of soils as a multi-phase, multi-process and multi-scale material and their interaction with structures
  • Environmental impact of human activities in the subsurface

➨ Design and construct with, in and on soils typical for deltaic and intensely populated regions

For more information check out the programme

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