MSc/PG Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering

New Commencement Date : November 2021 ( Application Closing Date : 06th August 2021 )

The aim of the course is to provide a specialist training to participating civil engineers in the analysis, design and construction of building foundation and earth retaining systems, improvement of soft soil, and solving various problem related geotechnical aspects.


Limited to 40 students

Duration of Course

  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering - 2 years Part Time
  • PG Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering - 1 year Part Time
  • All Lectures, assignments, seminars, field trips etc., will be conducted normally on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Those who proceed to do the M.Sc. will be requested to do a research project on part time or full-time basis in the second year.

Eligibility Requirement

Candidates should possess either a recognized degree in Civil Engineering (or equivalent); or Associate Membership of a recognized professional Engineering Institute with a minimum of one year’s relevant industrial experience. More details…

Msc/PG Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering Subject Syllabi

Semester 1 (16 weeks)

Semester 2 (15 weeks)

Semester 3 (15 weeks)

CE 5401 - Engineering Properties of Soil

CE 5402 - Engineering Geology

CE 5403 - Geotechnical Investigations

CE 5404 - Design of Dewatering Systems and Ground Subsidence

CE 5414 - Rock Mechanics

CE 5405 - Earth Retaining Systems

CE 5406 - Ground Improvement Techniques

CE 5407 - Design and Construction of Shallow Foundations

CE 5411 - Design Project

CE 5412 - Research Seminar

CE 5415 - Slope Engineering

CE 5408 - Structural Design of Foundations

CE 5409 - Design and Construction of Deep Foundations

CE 5410 - Computer Applications in Design of Foundations and Earth Retaining Systems

CE 5411 - Design Project

CE 5412 - Research Seminar

CE 5490 – Dissertation (MSc) will be conducted in the 2nd year for those who follow MSc.  More details…

Resource Personnel

MSc/PG Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering is conducted by well-qualified and reputed resource personnel from both University of Moratuwa and the industry.  More details…