Tunnelling and Underground Space
A course designed with the tunnelling industry to provide the knowledge and professional skills for its next generation of engineers
This is a specialist Master’s course designed to support students with civil engineering, mining or engineering geology background to develop their career as a tunnelling engineer. New tunnelling projects are planned all over the world, and the course equips students to contribute to these exciting developments. The course covers all stages in the project life cycle - from feasibility and planning through to design and construction management - with particular emphasis on health and safety, managing project risk, and communication and leadership skills. Graduates from the programme are sought after by leading international companies as they look to address a skills shortage in this area.
Teaching is delivered by a growing group of academic staff at Warwick who also carry out cutting-edge research in tunnel design and innovative construction methods. University staff are complemented by a wide range of speakers from industry who strongly influence the course with their up to date knowledge and practice. Learning takes place in a small group context in a modern environment benefitting from excellent library and computing facilities. Visits are organised to tunnelling sites or companies to gain first-hand experience of the industry.
A range of study options are available to suit individual circumstances. You may already be working in tunnelling and wish to consolidate and formalise your knowledge, or you may be looking to join the industry, at any level.
- Enrol on the MSc full-time for 12 months (October to September)
- Enrol on the MSc part-time for 24 months
- Attend an individual module (without enrolment on the MSc) as a one week Short Course
The MSc is made up of 8 taught modules and a project (total 180 CATS). Contact time for the taught modules is in one-week blocks (Monday to Friday). There is also a two-day course induction at the start of October for all new students.
For full-time students, the project is a group design exercise on a realistic tunnelling scheme, giving excellent preparation for industry. Part-time students undertake an individual research project in their second year, which may be on a topic related to their work if they are already employed in the tunnelling sector; otherwise it may be a topic offered by the School of Engineering, usually linked to its current research.
- Geological Investigation and Ground Characterisation ( ES94W - 15 CATS )
- Underground Construction Methods ( ES95A - 30 CATS )
- Communication and Leadership ( ES97I - 15 CATS )
- Rock Mechanics ( ES95C - 15 CATS )
- Tunnel Design ( ES94V - 15 CATS )
- Finite Element Methods for Tunnelling ( ES96V - 15 CATS )
- Health, Safety and Environmental Considerations ( ES94Y - 15 CATS )
- Construction Management ( ES96Q - 15 CATS )
- Individual Project (part-time students) ( ES97L - 45 CATS )
- Group Design Project (full-time students) ( ES97M - 45 CATS )
For module dates, refer to the Short Courses page.
In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.
- A second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant branch of engineering or science degree.
- You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores table.
- Two academic references. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
- Maths statement: A brief statement written by you that confirms that you understand the level of mathematics required for this course. We ask that you look at the problems shown on the link for the prescribed mathematical concepts and see if you can do them. All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts and the onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material. In order to cope easily with the course we are looking for competence in the majority of mathematics that is taught in the first and second year of an undergraduate Engineering or Physics course.
- English Language Qualification: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
- IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
- TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum components; Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21
- Other tests are accepted, click here for details of Band A scores.
You may be exempt from this requirement if you have been educated entirely in English for the duration of your first degree and completed this qualification within the last 2 years.
- ATAS: If you are from outside the EU you may require ATAS clearance. Full instructions about this process and how to apply will be sent to you after an offer for admission is made.
Please do not attempt to compile the list of modules by yourself as both core and optional/elective modules must be listed and a partial list will invalidate your ATAS certificate.
In addition to your academic qualifications and experience, Course Selectors will look for evidence of your interest in the course and your understanding of the demands of postgraduate work.
Industrial experience is not a requirement for entry but in cases where the candidate does not satisfy the requirements it may be taken into account.
We ask you to use our online application form https://warwick.ac.uk/pgapply/ because it is the quickest and most efficient method for applying for admission to postgraduate courses.
There is a non-refundable online application fee for taught postgraduate courses of £55 for online applications. Unpaid applications remain within the system for 20 days from completing the application form online before being withdrawn automatically. For payment details please contact Postgraduate Admissions
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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.
If you are a graduate with a non-accredited degree, this degree will not automatically be regarded as providing the required educational base for a Chartered Engineer. If you wish to know if your package of qualifications (bachelor plus masters) will satisfy the educational base for a Chartered Engineer, you must have your qualifications verified by one of the Individual Case Committees of the JBM member Institutions (refer to the website of the individual Institution for more details).
There are two main costs for students undertaking postgraduate study - academic fees and living expenses.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. For details of the fees and how to pay, please review the Warwick Student Finance pages - Engineering are 'Standard Course Fees Band 2’.
As well as tuition fees, students should budget for accommodation, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure. Living costs will depend upon your lifestyle and spending patterns.
International students must be able to prove they have the necessary funds to cover these expenses. For more information on all costs see living expenses.
The British Tunnelling Society offer scholarships to individuals holding a civil engineering or mining based degree and are resident in the UK. For the 2018/19 academic year they will offer 1 scholarship @£10k DEADLINE TO APPLY 24th JULY 2019
The International Tunnelling Society ITACET Foundation offer scholarships to young engineers from emerging economies for ITA-endorsed Masters courses including at Warwick, see: https://www.itacet.org/scholarships
The School of Engineering offer scholarships throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.
UK Government Postgraduate Loans
The MSc Tunnelling and Underground Space (both full- and part-time) is a qualifying course if you wish to apply for a Postgraduate Loan. See Postgraduate Loans for Masters Courses for more details. The loans are available to UK and EU students and some others, subject to nationality and residency status – see Master's Loan for the full eligibility criteria.
- Contact the Course Coordinator Dr Alan Bloodworth and the School of Engineering Team.
- Application Enquiries contact the central Postgraduate Admissions Team.
- Book your visit to the School or join us on our virtual open day.
- Find out more about Postgraduate Engineering at Warwick.
- Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 2046
School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Tunnelling Short Courses
Our Tunnelling and Underground Space modules can be purchased as individual CPD short courses. Find out more about these tunnelling short courses...
The course has been both challenging and rewarding. The technical modules are delivered in collaboration with industry experts. This opportunity to learn from leaders in industry is invaluable. I have learnt a vast amount and my employer is already reaping the benefits of their investment.
Shingai Mutukwa, MSc in Tunnelling and Underground Space part-time student (14/16 cohort)
Careers in Underground Space
For a flavour of what an engineering career in underground space might be like, watch the following video produced by the International Tunnelling Association.
Degree of Master of Science in Tunnelling and Underground Space (MSc)
1 year full-time
A 12 month registration with 9 weeks of intensive teaching spread over 30 weeks and a project during the summer term, June-September.
2 years part-time
A 24 month registration with 9 weeks of intensive teaching spread over two academic years and a project conducted in the second year.
31st July 2019
Course start date
30th September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
This information is applicable for 2019 entry. We are currently reviewing this course for 2020 entry. Please check this webpage again in Summer 2019 for the latest information regarding 2020 entry.