What will I learn

Geotechnics and Geohazards (Master's Programme)

What will you learn?

Students in Geotechnics and Geohazards conduct experiments in the laboratory.
Photo: Geir Mogen/NTNU. Students in Geotechnics and Geohazards conduct experiments in the laboratory.

Digital technology for solving tomorrows problems

You learn how to use digital methods for planning, interpretation and presentation of soil investigation. Data from laboratory tests and field instrumentation are recorded using digital technology. You will also get training in the use of advanced engineering software for analysis of geotechnical design problems like slope stability excavations, bearing capacity and pile foundations.

The digital tools and methods presented in Master in Geotechnics and Geohazards is well integrated with a comprehensive theoretical basis. This enables you to become a skilled engineer trained in state-of-the-art engineering software while at the same time understanding the theoretical background.

You who graduate with a Master's Degree in Geotechnics and Geohazards are well prepared for the digital shift and ready to contribute to the technology development required for solving tomorrows problems.

An interdisciplinary perspective

Internationally, challenges within and the consequences of geohazards are even bigger than they are in Norway. Analysis of the problems and the need for satisfying answers require qualifications within several subjects.

The entire set of problems must be seen from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from:

  • geology
  • hydrogeology
  • geotechnics
  • mechanics
  • numeric modelling
  • risk analyses
  • earthquakes.

The Master's Degree Programme in Geotechnics and Geohazards is closely related to the Civil and Environmental Engineering programme, but it offers an even greater opportunity for specialization within Geotechnics and Geohazards.

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.

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

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

Icon - UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 - climate action.

  • 6 Clean water and sanitation: in relation to water reservoir and pipes in the ground.
  • 7 Affordable and clean energy: in relation to hydropower, wind power and geothermal energy.
  • 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure and 11 Sustainable cities and communities: in relation to building sustainable infrastructure - everything is built or partial in the ground and oftentimes of geotechnical materials (roads and subway).
  • 13 Climate action: in relation to reducing the CO2 emission from all building activities. One important element for the geotechnical engineers in Norway is the stabilization of clay without great use of lime and cement.