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Geophysical and Geotechnical Investigation and Design

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 11 February 2021
  • Course duration: Thursday afternoons (term-time only) typically 2 - 5 pm for twelve weeks, plus exam

This course develops your knowledge and skills in relation to site investigation techniques on the shallow ground sub-surface.

It will help you develop an understanding of the different techniques used when producing information during investigations.


The course will provide a sound background to decision-making relating the implementation of geotechnical design.

You’ll learn to analyse and design some typical geotechnical structures, with topics being reviewed within the context of safe and sustainable development.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • understand a range of geophysical techniques that relate to civil engineering applications
  • identify and apply geophysical investigation methods for different types of work
  • display an understanding of the accuracies, limitations and other implications of using different methods
  • demonstrate how theory is used to analyse the behaviour of geotechnical structures
  • undertake the design of geotechnical structures in accordance with current standards
  • show insight into the sustainability and Health and Safety issues
  • use a range of investigation equipment
  • process different types of investigation data using appropriate methodologies
  • produce a ground profile with engineering parameters
  • interpret and communicate your findings.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of a course.

Passing the assessed element (an exam or coursework) can also contribute credit towards a postgraduate award. All candidates seeking credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to receive credit you must mention this at the time of application, or with your tutor at the earliest opportunity.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

This course will include:

Engineering geophysics:

  • the theory of electro-magnetic wave propagation
  • ground penetrating radar
  • electrical methods (resistivity and conductivity)
  • seismic methods (refraction, reflection and surface wave analysis)
  • gravity methods
  • magnetic methods.

Advanced soil mechanics:

  • critical state theory
  • stress paths
  • unsaturated soil mechanics.

Advanced analysis and design:

  • ground improvement
  • reinforced soil
  • dynamic loading (pavements/rail environments)
  • laterally loaded piles
  • pile groups
  • the development of brownfield sites including engineered and non-engineered fill material, and contaminated land implications.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Entry requirements

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £925

Payment is due before the course starts.

The fee for this course is £925.

Payment is due before the course starts.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418