Master's degree programme, 2 years

MSc in Geotechnics and Geohazards

— About the programme

destroyed roads Each year, natural catastrophes due to geological hazards cause countless deaths and extensive damage to the environment and infrastructure worldwide. Geohazards include land-slides, rockslides, avalanches, earthquakes and tsunamis. In 2001, more than 25 000 people lost their lives in different types of natural catastrophes, while material damage was estimated at USD 300 billion. Many lives could be saved and enormous destruction avoided if people knew more about geohazards forecasting and prevention.

The Geotechnical Division at NTNU, together with the International Centre for Geohazards (ICG), works on assessment, prevention and mitigation of geohazards, including risks associated with landslides and mass transport in soil and rock due to rainfall, flooding, earthquakes and human intervention.

The MSc programme in Geotechnics and Geohazards (geo-related natural disasters) is a two year long Master`s degree programme taught in English at NTNU. It aims to provide technical-scientific insight into the phenomena connected with geohazards, and focuses on properties of soil and geotechnical materials, field exploration, field measurements, laboratory testing, computer simulations, risk evaluations and practical design skills needed for engineering solutions to geohazards and geotechnical challenges.

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Application Deadlines


15 JANUARY: International applicants
The online application is now open for self-financed and Quota Scheme applicants.

1 MARCH: Nordic applicants
The 1 March deadline may apply if you have a bachelor's degree from a Nordic country or are a Nordic citizen. See
 admission procedures.

15 APRIL: Norwegian applicants
If you are a Norwegian citizen and hold a bachelor's degree from Norway. See admission procedures.

Facts about the programme

Degree type:
International Master's (MSc) - 2 years

Language of instruction:
English

Programme code:
MSGEOTECH

Number of students admitted:
12

Host Faculty:
Engineering Science and Technology

Host Department:
Civil and Transport Engineering

Key contacts
See student guidance