Master of Engineering (Geomechanical Engineering)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The course comprises core units of study in your specific field, along with electives in general engineering in order to broaden your knowledge. There is a strong focus on project work to allow you to enhance your self-directed learning skills. Both professional and research pathways are available within all specialisations to allow you to gain outcomes that are directly related to industry, or to complete a research project as preparation for a higher degree by research in your chosen engineering discipline.
A postgraduate specialisation in geomechanical engineering will teach you about the engineering behaviour of earth materials. You will learn how to examine the soil and rock layers that make up the earth in order to determine their physical and chemical properties in order to design foundations and earthworks structures for buildings, roads, and many other types of projects. You may engage in areas of study including environmental geotechnics, numerical methods of engineering, and rock engineering.
To meet requirements for the Master of Engineering (Geomechanical Engineering) a candidate will complete 72 credit points (cp) including 24cp of specialist units, 24cp of engineering management, a minimum 12cp project and up to 12cp of elective units. Candidates who have received a 24cp reduction in volume of learning, must complete 48 credit points (cp) including 12cp of specialist units, 12cp of engineering management and a minimum 12cp project.
Further course information
A candidate for the degree of Master of Engineering (Geomechanical Engineering) who wishes to undertake the research pathway must complete 24 credit points with an average mark of at least 75.
Course outcomes and further study
Graduates of the Master of Engineering (Geomechanical Engineering) will have achieved the higher levels of specialisation necessary to excel in their chosen field. Professional engineering skills developed throughout the course will reflect current industry standards in order to provide graduates with enhanced opportunities for advancement in their careers. New opportunities to progress into areas such as research and innovation in their field will also be possible following the completion of this course.
The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer, industry leadership and commercialisation. Research activities in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies focus on a wide range of areas from aerospace, biomedical, combustion, processing and manufacture, design, robotics, electronics, networks, wireless and satellite systems. If you would like to be part of Sydney's engineering research community, you may consider applying for admission to a research degree. Students completing a Master of Engineering program with outstanding results are eligible to undertake supervised research in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.
Other study options
Individual units of study within the course may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to complete an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University, consequently on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to the approval of the dean and individual course resolutions, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course.
Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in a postgraduate award course at another university and have approval from their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree. Please contact the faculty about non-award and cross-institutional study.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Engineering (Geomechanical Engineering) will hold a recognised Bachelor of Engineering degree in the same or similar field of study to the specialisation they are applying for, and have a credit average (or equivalent).
If you have completed a Bachelor of Engineering or equivalent degree, which is equivalent to an honours degree as stated in the new Australian Government's Australian Qualifications Framework, you will be offered advanced standing of 24 credit points. This is equivalent to 1 semester of full-time study. The duration of your degree will be 1 year if you accept the advanced standing of 24 credit points.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.