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Geomechanical Engineering

Course overview

A postgraduate major in Geomechanical Engineering will teach you about the engineering behaviour of earth materials.

You will learn how to examine the soil and rock layers that make up the earth in order to determine their physical and chemical properties to design foundations and earthworks structures for buildings, roads, and many other types of projects.

Areas of study include environmental geotechnics, numerical methods of engineering, and rock engineering.

Course requirements

To meet requirements for the Master of Engineering majoring in Geomechanical Engineering a candidate will complete 72 credit points as listed in the unit of study table including:

  • 24 credit points of Core units
  • 24 credit points of Specialist units
  • A minimum of 12 credit points of Research units
  • A maximum of 12 credit points of Elective units

Candidates who have been granted 24 credit points of Reduced Volume Learning (RVL), must complete 48 credit points of core/specialist/research units with a balance such that there is:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units
  • a minimum of 12 credit points of specialist units, and
  • a minimum of 12 credit points of research units.

For more information on units of study and degree program requirements visit CUSP (