Master’s Degree Programme, 5 years


– About the programme

Norway is rich in nature and geological resources. The utilization of our geological resources in cooperation with the environment is of decisive importance if we are to secure the future for ourselves and for mankind. Geotechnology deals with how to use the values of the bedrock for the benefit of society. You will learn how to build safe tunnels and mountain constructions. How to predict and prevent landslides and rockslides. How to produce the materials that society is totally dependent upon today and in the future. The pressure on the world's geological resources increases dramatically. So does the need for geotechnological knowledge.

Geotechnology, Photo: Heiko Liebel

What is geotechnology ?

Geotechnology combines knowledge about the earth, locally and globally, with an understanding of humans' increasing need for non-renewable resources and limited space. The Earth is undergoing changes both on and below the surface because of our demanding society. As an advanced engineer you will manage the recovery of rocks, mineral, uncompacted material, subsoil water, coal and oil. You will learn how to place tunnels and other underground structures. You will learn how to prevent environmental damage and pollution. You will learn how to find ways to repair possible negative side effects from construction and mineral production. Even though the major financial effects of geological activities are of today's concern, the deepest traces will remain for thousands of years. Having knowledge in Geotechnology, you may contribute to the shaping of our future society

Why choose geotechnology?

Making use of the underground for numerous purposes is ever more important, for instance for transportation, recreation and storage. The mining industry has for several hundred years been an important industry in Norway, and the mining and mineral industry is experiencing growth. Recycling materials and fighting pollution are also among major societal challenges in the future. For those who wish to take part in the societal development in Norway, this programme of study offers great possibilities. The next time you drive through a tunnel, consider the fact that without geotechnological knowledge that tunnel could never have been built. Or the next time you switch on your computer – remember that without geotechnological knowledge that brings about all the raw materials, your computer could never have been made.

Structure and Specialization

Geotechnology includes a lot of field teaching and excursions. This is a useful and interesting way to learn about nature and geological processes, and is very popular among the students. The field teaching in the basic course in geology is primarily arranged in Trøndelag. For the advanced courses, we also have field teaching other places in Norway and abroad.

The MSc programme in Geotechnology has a duration of five years. The first two years will provide a theoretical grounding in natural science, geosciences and information technology. After two years you choose your specialization: (1) Engineering- and Environmental Geology or (2) Mineral Production and Technical Resource Geology. You may specialize further within one of four main profiles:

  • Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics
  • Environmental and Hydrogeology
  • Mineral Production
  • Technical Resource Geology

Programme facts

Master of Science (5 years)

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Host Faculty:
Faculty of Engineering

Trondheim, Gløshaugen

Contact information

Telephone: (+47) 73 59 37 00

Postal address:
Faculty of Engineering
Høgskoleringen 6, NTNU
7491 Trondheim