Geotechnical Engineering Centre

All structures must ultimately be supported by the ground. Geotechnical Engineers apply engineering and geological principles to the behaviour of the ground and groundwater and use these principles in civil, mining, offshore and environmental engineering in the widest sense.

Geotechnical engineers design and supervise the construction of foundations and earthen structures related to Civil and Mining Engineering infrastructure. These include shallow and piled foundations for structures, excavations and foundations for buildings and dams, earth and rock fill dams, natural and constructed cut and fill slopes, tunnels, and open pit and underground mines.

UQ Geotechnical Engineering Scholarships

There are several scholarships offered to current undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of Geotechnical Engineering at UQ.

  • Geotechnical Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships

    Value: $10,000/year
    Duration: 3 years
    Number awarded: 4/year
    Available to: Domestic and International Undergraduate Students in 2nd or 3rd year of study.
    Scholarship-holders, runners-up and other applicants are invited to apply for Summer Vacation employment with the Centre's industry partners.

  • Geotechnical Engineering Summer Research Scholarships

    Value: $3,000 plus an allowance for travel
    Available to: Domestic and International Undergraduate Students
    Supported by Geotechnical Engineering Centre staff and research students

  • Postgraduate Top-Up Scholarships

    Value: $10,000
    Available to: Domestic and International Postgraduate Students
    Offered on merit to PhD students in their final year

Career Opportunities

UQ’s Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major Programs for Civil and Mining Engineering undergraduates are unique in Australia, and:

  • provide more career options than available to straight Civil or Mining graduates, differentiating graduates from their peers
  • remain within the 4-year Bachelor of Engineering Degree with additional specialist content specific to Geotechnical Engineering with no additional HECS.
  • allows Civil & Geotechnical Engineering graduates to practice Civil Engineering, Civil-Geotechnical Engineering or Mining-Geotechnical Engineering
  • allows Mining & Geotechnical Engineering graduates to practice Mining Engineering or Mining-Geotechnical Engineering
  • creates opportunities for careers with Mining Companies, and Consultants and Contractors engaged in Civil and Mining Engineering practice, including the design and construction of infrastructure.
"Building Your Career" by the Australian Geomechanics Society