Applications 2020-2021

The College opened to applications on 1 October 2019 for entry in October 2020.  The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will start the selection process from 1 December 2019.   

MSc in Soil Mechanics (H2U3), or

... [with Environmental Geotechnics (H2UN)], or
... [with Engineering Seismology (H2U4)], or
... [with Business Management (H2A4)], or 

Established in 1950 the MSc course cluster in Soil Mechanics remains the flagship in its subject. The staff profile, present and Emeritus (including four Rankine Lecturers), and first class facilities make the course internationally renowned. Alumni from the course hold senior positions around the world and their work and engagement in the profession ensures the high reputation of these qualifications from Imperial College. Our close links with the Imperial College Engineering Geology, Environmental Engineering, Rock Mechanics and Hydrology Sections ensure that our MSc students are exposed to the latest developments in all aspects of Geotechnics.

Eligibility

Applications are invited from undergraduates completing their first degree, as well as those with relevant industrial and professional experience. Applications may be considered from those with degrees in other branches of engineering and earth sciences. The minimum entry requirement for consideration is a good degree from a UK university (at upper second class or above), or an overseas equivalent. Special cases, based on relevant postgraduate industrial experience, may be made in some circumstances.

Accordion - MSc Soil Mechanics

Aims and objectives

Concerned with the application of soil mechanics in engineering practice; and known for making key advances in soil mechanics such as field instrumentation, residual strength measurements, local strain measurement of soil samples, direct soil suction measurements, advanced numerical modelling procedures, constitutive models and hollow cylinder soil testing techniques. We also strive to give our MSc students a broad knowledge of practical engineering, understanding the realities of the physical world as well as the elegant theories.

The course is designed to provide students with a solid technical basis in the key areas of geotechnics through a coherent, coordinated and balanced degree programme, integrating core engineering science and recent research findings with practical application.

Full or part time study options

The full-time programme is taken over 12 months, with a single entry point per year at the beginning of October, part-time is available on a Term Release part-time basis only.

Download the Guidance for Tier-4 Visa-dependent students for Part-Time study‌. 

Course structure

Course Themes

The 4 Soil Mechanics MSc courses share approximately 80% of the curriculum (core modules see side column), while the remaining 20% allow specialisation in the areas of Advanced Soil Mechanics, Engineering Seismology, Environmental Geotechnics and Business Management.

Distinctive features of this programme include strong links with industry, emphasis on field-work, laboratory testing using state-of-the-art facilities and numerical analysis using in-house state-of-the-art software, and teaching by leading experts in the field of Soil Mechanics.

The course comprises two terms of lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and individual coursework assignments and one term devoted to a research dissertation. The lab classes offer first-hand experience of experimental soil mechanics in our modern, purpose-built teaching laboratories.

The programme also includes three field trips; one weekend in each of the Autumn and Spring terms to investigate the engineering geology and geotechnical issues in two distinct areas of the UK and a one-week study tour in the beginning of the Summer term visiting several geotechnical and geological projects in Southern Europe. A year comprises two separate periods. The first includes lectures, tutorials and individual coursework assignments, the second consisting of a research dissertation.  The dissertation may be undertaken at College or in collaboration with industry. Other projects have involved a period of data collection or field study abroad. The combined cost of these trips will not exceed £1,000. For more information please download our short  MSc Geotechnics flyer (pdf).

Assessment

Assessments include individual and group courseworks; laboratory and fieldwork projects; presentations to industry; written and oral examinations and a research dissertation. To complete the requirements of the degree, all assessments must be undertaken to the appropriate level. Successful candidates will be awarded the MSc degree of Imperial College London and the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC).

Links with industry

Our courses are supported by a group of Companies which make up our Industrial Bursary Scheme.  Current members are: Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES), Ardaman & Associates Inc, Arup Geotechnics, Atkins Consultants Ltd, Fugro Geoconsulting Ltd, Gardline Geosciences Ltd, Geotechnical Consulting Group, Geotechnical Observations Ltd, Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB), Mott MacDonald, Royal HaskoningDHV, Tony Gee & Partners, Vattenfall and Pells Sullivan Meynink (PSM).  As well as supporting some of our students, a few of these companies host recruitment evenings during the year and also give Visiting Lectures to our students.

Optional add-on module: Business management

Each of these options comprise 120 hours of study and are taken as an alternative to the modules listed in the syllabus.

Syllabus for Business Management

These options also have some entry requirements, to find out more see the Business Management page.

Scholarships

Our courses are supported by a group of 14 Companies which make up our Industrial Bursary Scheme. The Scheme aims to provide industrially funded bursary awards for our students. Funding normally covers the full fees as well as a contribution towards subsistence costs and is available to UK based students. Other funding opportunities include 2 Statoil Scholarships and a number of Departmental fee scholarships.

Companies forming the bursary group organise recruitment events and regularly recruit our MSc graduates contributing to the excellent employability record of our graduates.

Further resources for this programme

MSc Application Information

Funding opportunities

Departmental MSc Scholarships
AwardSponsorEligibility and number of awardsValue
Departmental MSc Scholarships The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering All candidates who have indicated their wish to be considered for available funding at the application stage.
 
Awards will be based on academic excellence and relevant experience. 
 
Number of awards: tbc

Application Deadline: 31 March 2020
Full or partial tuition fee waiver
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries  A consortium of  Geotechnical  employers Bursaries are awarded to successful applicants to the Geotechnics Cluster MSc courses on excellent academic and professional records, supported   by relevant references and a strong personal statement.  Priority is given to UK-Based applicants.

Number of awards: 5-10

Deadline to apply: 31 May 2020
Typical contributions of £5,000 to £15,000 towards the course tuition fees and in some cases, subsistence
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries

Transport cluster
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries are awarded to students who obtained a first degree of at least 2.1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters course in a subject directly related to highways and transportation. Apply through the Department.

Number of awards: Up to 3

Deadline to apply: 30 May 2020
£10,000 each
Brian Large Bursary  Brian Large Bursary Fund Bursaries are awarded to full-time, UK resident, applicants, who have obtained a first degree of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters course in a subject directly related to transport.  

Number of awards: Up to 3

Deadline to apply: 30 May 2020
 £6,500 each
These are the only sources of funding available within the Department. For European and Overseas applicants there are many foundations and organisations who can help with and advise on funding, including the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Society for Underwater Technology (Geotechnics). Enquiries should be directed to the relevant organisation. 
Departmental MSc Scholarships
Contacts
Departmental contact forName, email and phone number
MSc and Scholarships Fionnuala Donovan, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5929
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries Sue Feller, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6077
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries
Brian Large Bursary 
cts.admin@imperial.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6100
Contacts
Contacts

 

Minimum academic entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline, or Masters level degree qualification
  • Good mathematical skills (B or above at A-level or equivalent qualification)
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured
  • English Language qualification (where relevant)

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to present an English language qualification, passed at the appropriate level. This may follow the application if not available at the time of submission. Please see the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants for information. Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index

Note: The Department may set higher requirements than those specified by the College as minimum entry requirements and that places are not guaranteed for any applicant.  Relevance of degrees and eligibility can be checked with the Department.  

 

 

The application process and essential information

Who should apply. We welcome applications from well-rounded, interested and engaging candidates with excellent scientific and quantitative backgrounds; strong communication skills and a positive approach.  Applicants should demonstrate a strong track record of excellence inside and outside of the classroom alongside a clearly thought out and researched career plan. 

Attributes of an Imperial Student:  

  • Independent, open-minded thinker 
  • Effective team-worker 
  • Self-aware 
  • Active self-manager 

A full list of the Faculty of Engineering Competency Standards are listed here: 
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/faculty-of-engineering/civil/public/msc/Competency-Standards-MSc-Civil-2019-2020.pdf  

When to apply. The optimal time for submission of your application is dependent on whether you have already completed your degree.  The application panels, particularly for programmes where demand is extremely high, may require information not available to applicants who are in their final year of study.   

Students who are in this stage of education may consider applying from mid-January.   This will not impact negatively on consideration of the application, as it will make for a more complete application, provided the application guidelines set out below are followed.   

The application deadline. We do not have an official deadline for applications, we close to applicants when we have made sufficient offers to fill the available places.  Applications before the end of March of the year of entry is advised. 

Re-Applicants. If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. In your new application you should demonstrate growth by additional education, research and/or relevant work experience in the period since your first application.   

Note: Re-applicants will need to complete a new application in its entirety, including all supplementary documentation.  

1.0 Preparing and submitting your application 

The College has produced a general guide to applying, a copy of which can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/study/public/pg/PGP-2020_Guide-to-Postgraduate-Study_WEB.pdfThis should be read in conjunction with the information provided below, which is specific to the programmes offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

1.1 Evidence of academic standing 

Transcripts of Study. Provide transcripts for each degree you have undertaken.  [If they are not in English, please include a translated copy]. :   

  • Transcripts must list all modules you have undertaken, and the marks you have been awarded in each. This information to be provided for all years, whether or not they are weighted, and count towards your final degree. 
  • If you have completed your studies, the final outcome of the degree must be clearly indicated, 
  • If you are in your final year of study, you should provide  
    • a list of the modules you are taking in your final year; 
    • your current course average, and the predicted outcome of your degree; 
    • the title of your final year project; 
    • your cohort ranking (for your programme of studies) if available. 

Where the transcripts/outcome are not provided in percentage format, you should include a copy of your University/Programme Marking Scheme. 

Provide the weightings of each year towards the final outcome of your degree. 

1.2 Evidence of English Language

Minimum English Language requirements are set by the College, and stated in the guide to applying.    Please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the requirements and the expected level of achievement in each.  The website also includes information on exemption from the requirement. 

  • The Department accepts the standard scores in IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson Academic (PFE), for all of its programmes. 
  • Applicants must meet the English Language condition to qualify for entry. 
  • For additional routes to meeting the minimum requirement, or improving your English language skills, please see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/academic-english/pre-sessional-english/ 

If, at the time of application, you have not yet completed an acceptable English Language test,  then please provide the details of tests for which you have registered, and the dates by which you will have received your results. 

1.3 Supporting Documents required:  

  • An up-to-date CV-Resume; 
  •  Personal Statement –  we strongly recommend that you  

Supporting Reference Letters 
Identify two individuals to act as referees on your behalf. Ensure that:  

  • They are in a position to write a letter of support that is appropriate and relevant to the programme to which you are applying; 
  • They are familiar with you, your abilities, your achievements and your potential for postgraduate study. 

We strongly recommend that you complete your details in the attached template and forward to your referees for completion.  The template addresses key information required to inform the decision-making process.  The completed template can then be uploaded by your referee. .Reference Form PG (.doc)

Reference letters are confidential and must come direct from the referee to the College, not via the applicant. The letters must be recent, relevant and dated.  

2.0 Completing the Application 

When completing the online form please ensure that you include: 

2.1 Brief details on Secondary Level education (in conjunction with 2.2 below); 

Information on how you propose to fund your studies.  If you are a scholarship applicant, then clearly indicate any deadlines or conditions which apply, and the scholarship confirmation date. 
Please clearly state if you wish to be considered by us for any available funding. [Please note that such funding is both limited and partial]. 

2.2 Highlight your mathematical qualifications and capabilities   

  • Follow the instructions provided.
  • Check for errors. 
  • Ensure that the information required by the Admissions Panel is prominent, clear and visible.  

3.0 The Departmental Process

3.1 You can track the completeness of your application, including receipt of references via your application self-service account.    
3.2 Your e-service will show when your application record has been transferred to the Department. It will not show further updates until a decision has been made on your application. 
3.3 The Department will undertake an initial check to ensure completeness of the application in accordance with the guidelines stated above. 
3.4 Completed applications will be sent through to Admissions Panels, who will undertake initial reviews.  Allow up to 6-8 weeks for that process.  Outcomes will be notified as follows: 

  • Conditional Offer (notified via e-service) 
  • Unsuccessful (notified via e-service)
  • Hold (individual direct correspondence) 

3.5 Incomplete applications will remain pending for a period of up to two months, and if no updates have been received within that period, will be assumed as withdrawn, and will be rejected. 

3.6 Supplementary or updated documentation may be submitted for upload to engineering.admissions@imperial.ac.uk .  All correspondence should include your Application reference number (this is an 8-digit number starting with 01, and is also known as your College Identifier number or CID). 
The CID is system-generated and notified to you within 10 days of application. 

Application Essentials

Scholarship Information https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/

Programme Codes
CodeTitle
H2G1 MSc Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure
H2A2
MSc Concrete Structures
H2A3 MSc Earthquake Engineering 
H2A1 MSc General Structural Engineering
H2U5 MSc Structural Steel Design
H141 MSc Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments
H2UM MSc Environmental Engineering
H2A8 MSc Environmental Engineering with Business Management
H2UP MSc Hydrology and Water Resources Management
H2B1 MSc Hydrology with Business Management
H2U3 MSc Soil Mechanics
H2A4 MSc Soil Mechanics with Business Management
H2U4 MSc Soil Mechanics with Engineering Seismology
H2UN MSc Soil Mechanics with Environmental Geotechnics
H2UR Intercollegiate MSc Course in Transport
H2B3 Intercollegiate MSc Course in Transport with Business Management
Programme Codes
Programme Codes

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