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.
Career prosepctsICGs partners in Norway are now building their business on geohazards and are therefore seeking to increase their number of graduates now and in the years to come. 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. Internationally, the job market is fairly similar to Norway, with a pressing demand from the non-industrialized countries.
The 2-year MSc programme in Geotechnics and Geohazards focuses on properties of soils and geological materials, field explor-ation, field measurements, laboratory testing, computer simulations, risk evaluations and practical design skills aiming for engineering solutions to such challenges related to geohazards.
Research topics The research topics, for both project work and the master thesis,are geared in the direction of geohazards. Many of the project works and MSc theses will be directly related to ICG projects and will be supervised by researchers from the International Centre for Geohazards (ICG) .
Study Environment The Division of Geotechnical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is engaged in research and scientific services in determining fundamental behaviour of geotechnical materials and characterisation of their properties.
Fields of research
The division's fields of research and educations are in the areas of geohazards, soil structure interaction, soil modelling and numerical analyses, physical model testing, foundation engineering,offshore geotechnology, laboratory and field testing.
The Geotechnical Division at NTNU together with the International Centre for Geohazards (ICG) work on the 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.
Engineering studies and NTNU
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the only university in Norway providing a complete range of advanced engineering education programmes. Together with the traditional university study areas, this creates a unique interdisciplinary learning environment. In sum, NTNU has around 20 000 students, of which about 8000 are studying engineering. The campus these 8000 students spend most of their time at, Gløshaugen, is conveniently located within walking distance from downtown Trondheim.
Application for admission to the MSc. programme in Geotechnics and Geohazards is based upon * 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). Read about the Language requirements.International applicants The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) welcomes applications from qualified studentsfrom around the world. There is a limited number of positions and scholarships offered. The language of instruction is English, and thesis and term papers shall be written in English. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5
NTNU charges no tuition fees, but regulations from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration state that
all international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must document that they have enough money to live in Norway. For the 2017 intake this amount is NOK 103 950. Successful applicants who are given an offer of admission will later be asked to transfer this amount to NTNU's deposit account.
NTNU offers no scholarships.