This specialist Master’s course is designed to prepare students with a background in civil engineering or engineering geology for a career as a tunnelling engineer. It is endorsed and supported by the British Tunnelling Society and the International Tunnelling Association, with 20% of teaching delivered by guest lecturers from industry. You will develop the knowledge and skills you need to carry out and manage tunnelling projects through their lifecycle.
This starts with geological investigation and ground characterisation, then follows through steps including: feasibility study and selection of construction method; analysis and design; to health, safety and environmental risk assessment; construction programming and project risk management.
Important note: All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts. The onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material. Essentially 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. We ask that you look at the problems shown on the link (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/postgraduate/maths) for the prescribed mathematical concepts and see if you can do them.
- Tunnel Design
- Geological Investigation and Ground Characterisation
- Health, Safety and Environmental Considerations
- Underground Construction Methods
- Construction Management
- Communication and Leadership
- Finite Element Methods for Tunnelling
- Rock Mechanics
There are no optional modules for this course.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
The MSc is made up of 8 taught modules and a project (total 180 CATS). Contact time for each taught module is a one-week block (Monday to Friday). This enables part-time students to continue working while doing the MSc
Candidates for the MSc in Tunnelling and Underground Space are required to take 180 credits of modules.
For full-time students, all modules are taken in one academic year. The course is structured such that delivery of the theme modules (excluding the project) is normally by week-long blocks of contact time. These blocks are preceded by preparatory reading and assignments and followed by further reading, tasks and often a formal examination. The typical workload for a 15-credit module is 150 hours, of which a major part is self-study. Full-time students undertake a Group Design Project in the summer term and should expect to contribute 450 hours of work each to the team over a three-month period.
Part-time students take the modules over two years. The course is structured such that delivery of the theme modules (excluding the project) is normally by week-long blocks of contact time. These blocks are preceded by preparatory reading and assignments and followed by further reading, tasks and often a formal examination. The typical workload for a 15-credit module is 150 hours, of which a major part is self-study. Part-time students undertake an Individual Project, normally during the second year of the programme, and should expect to contribute 450 hours of work to the project.
Class sizes for lectures, practical laboratory sessions and seminars vary depending on the number of students taking the module.
A combination of coursework and written examinations.
Our graduates have gone on to work in in sectors including:
- Information and communication
- Professional, scientific and technical activities
They have progressed into roles such as:
- Tunnelling Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Construction Manager
- Project Manager
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(P-H214P for part-time)
Full-time: 1 year
(September 2019 - September 2020)
Part-time: 2 years
(September 2019 - September 2021)
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language Requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.
Department of Study
Location of Study
University of Warwick
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Offer holders qualify to apply for a School of Engineering Taught Master’s Scholarship. For 2018 entry, 9 scholarships were available for £5k-£10k each.
Additional Course Costs
No additional course costs.
Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.