MSc Tunnelling and Underground Space
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
This degree is endorsed and supported by the British Tunnelling Society and the International Tunnelling Association.
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.
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 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.
Balfour Beatty offer 1 studentship @£15k available to any applicant, plus 1 scholarship @£15k available to existing employees only.