Geotechnics and Geohazards

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Geotechnics and Geohazards

Geotechnics and Geohazards (Master's Programme)


  • MasterFull time, 2 years
  • Location Trondheim
  • Requirements See Admission
  • Max. places See Admission
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Apply before1. March *(varies, see admissions)
MSGEOTECH, Sat Feb 04 04:22:13 CET 2023 | M2

Each year, natural catastrophes due to geological hazards cause countless of deaths and extensive damage to the environment and infrastructure worldwide. Geohazards include landslides, rockslides, avalanches, earthquakes and tsunamis. Many lives could be saved and enormous destruction avoided if people knew more about geohazards forecasting and prevention.

Geotechnics is the study of how we can build safely on, in or of soil. Numerous challenges exist, and they are often related to the optimal exploration of limited areas in and close to cities and densely populated areas. 

Master in Geotechnics and Geohazards aims to provide you with technical-scientific insight into phenomena connected with geohazards. It also 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.

  • Why do landslides and avalanches occur?
  • Where is it dangerous to build, where is it safe, and when? 
  • How may we evaluate the stability of a slope above the settlement, be it in Norway or in Las Colinas in El Salvador?

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Within geotechnics, there has been a shortage of new candidates on the market for several years now. Both consulting companies and entrepreneurs are looking for more people with this type of competence.

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Trondheim is known for its great student environment and has been named Norway's best student city. Whatever you like to do in your spare time, you will definitely find something to do in Trondheim. 

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This master's degree programme extends over two academic years (4 semesters) and constitutes a course load of 120 ECTS credits.

It is possible to take one semester abroad during your studies.

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To qualify for admission to Master in Geotechnics and Geohazards, you must have:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or the equivalent.
  • A good working knowledge of English, both oral and written (Certificate of proficiency is required).
  • Have a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in mathematics and statistics in your Bachelor's/undergraduate degree, including at least one course in statistics.

The study programme has 8 study places for international students and 4 study places for Norwegian/Nordic students. 

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UN Sustainable development goals

UN Sustainable development goals

Did you know that geotechnical engineers are essential for having sustainable communities? By studying Geotechnics and Geohazards you can learn how tunnels, buildings, sewer systems and other infrastructures can avoid destruction when natural catastrophes hits.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 - clean water and sanitation. Link to Sustainable Development goal 6.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 9 - industries, innovation and infrastructure. Link to Sustainable Development goal 9.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 - sustainable cities and communities. Link to Sustainable Development goal 11.

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 - climate action. Link to Sustainable Development goal 13.