MSc Tunnelling and Underground Space (H214)
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See Joint Board of Moderators for further information.
This photo shows some current MSc students on a recent site visit to the Crossrail Thames Tunnel. Many thanks to Hochtief-Murphy JV for such an enjoyable and interesting day.
The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) support the course by providing bursaries and student prizes, by providing a steering group to advise on the syllabus, and by providing module champions and guest lecturers. Approximately 20% of teaching is delivered by guest lecturers from industry who give up their time freely to support the course. This ensures that the course is relevant, and specialist subjects or interesting case studies can be presented by the experts with first-hand experience of design and construction.
An infographic showing all the guest lecturers for the 2011-12 academic year is shown below. The area of the circle is proportional to the number of hours of teaching each person did.
Careers in Underground Space:
This Warwick Engineering MSc programme is a specialist course suitable as preparation for a career in industry. For a flavour of what an engineering career in underground space might be like, watch the following video produced by the International Tunnelling Association.
The aims of the Tunnelling & Underground Space degree are: Integrate and apply knowledge and skills to the solution of complex civil engineering and tunnelling problems at postgraduate level; to apply understanding to novel and challenging situations, and be aware of the limitations of the solution.
The MSc can be taken full-time over 12 months (October to September), part-time over 24 months, or individual modules can be taken as short courses without enrolment at the university.
The course is made up of 6 core modules, 2 optional modules and a project. The project is a piece of group design giving excellent preparation for industry.
"The module that taught me the most is the double Underground Construction Methods course, I found that it highlighted things that I would not have otherwise learned in industry but that I may take forward into any position I hold on the future. One of the aspects that I felt was particularly beneficial was the proportion of industry taught material. This enabled me to gain insight into real-life experience of projects very dissimilar to anything I have previously encountered, it meant that the learning we received was actual industry practice and not purely theoretical. It made the course feel completely relevant and often gave us an opportunity to meet some of the best in the business." - Cate Anthony, 2012-13 student
"Every element of the course so far has been especially well delivered and has wide reaching relevance to the tunnelling industry. The skills that I have so far been equipped with will undoubtedly be useful to me in a career in the tunnelling industry. The support of the BTS has been invaluable personally and in the added value provided on the course through the collaboration between the University of Warwick and the BTS. Of particular note is the participation of the guest lecturers on the course and the significant benefit this brings." - James Powner, 2012-13 student
Fees and Scholarships/bursaries:
Information on tuition fees can be found by following this link. Open the 'Postgraduate Tuition Fees' file and this MSc has 'Standard Course Fees'. For overseas students (outside the EU) this MSc comes under Band 2.
The British Tunnelling Society offer scholarships to individuals holding a civil engineering or mining based degree and are resident in the UK. For the 2013/14 academic year they will offer 1 scholarship @£12k. The following companies are also offering financial support:
Morgan Sindall Underground Professional Services will offer 5 studentships @£15k each year. Unfortunately for 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic years these places have been filled. [contact: colin.eddie(a t)morgansindall.com]
Balfour Beatty offer 1 studentship @£15k available to any applicant, plus 1 scholarship @£15k available to existing employees only [contact: roger.bridge(a t)balfourbeatty.com]
- ES94V Tunnel Design (15 CATS)
- ES94W Geological Investigation and Ground Characterization (15 CATS) (includes a practical session hosted by Geotechnics Ltd.)
- ES94Y Health, Safety and Environmental Considerations (15 CATS)
- ES95A Underground Construction Methods (30 CATS)
- ES96Q Construction Management (15 CATS)
- ES96R Professional Skills (15 CATS)
Options (2 from):
- ES96V Finite Element Methods for Tunnelling (15 CATS)
- ES95C Rock Mechanics (15 CATS)
- ES429 Advanced Structural Engineering (15 CATS)*
- ES4C9 Supply Chain Management (15 CATS)*
- ES4A8 Design for Sustainability (15 CATS)*
- ES4D6 River Mixing (15 CATS)*
*Modules marked are only available to full-time students
- ES95B Project (45 CATS)
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