MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure Resilience
This MSc programme gives you the opportunity to study in the UK's leading earthquake laboratory, to visit an earthquake site and to be taught by world-class industry experts.
Five-day field trip
You'll have the opportunity to spend five days visiting an earthquake affected area in South-East Europe. The field mission involves damage inspection and seismic pathology of structures, use of state-of-the-art equipment for structural health assessment, briefing by the civil protection and recovery management bodies and daily debriefing with oral presentations by the students.
Below is drone footage from a recent University of Bristol field trip to the devastated earthquake-hit areas of central Italy in 2016.
Over the duration of the programme you'll be taught by academics in the field of earthquake engineering, such as:
Dr Anastasios Sextos
Dr Katsu Goda
Leader of the Disaster Risk Management spacialisation
Dr Laura Dickinson
Engineering for International Development
Dr Paul Vardanega
Professor George Mylonakis
Head οf Earthquake and Geotechnics Research Group
Dr Liz Holcombe
Disaster Risk Reduction
You will be taught by many more world-class members of the Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering research group.
Our outside experts
Ten seminars by international academic experts are scheduled as part of a 'Master Class' core unit for the programme. Previous seminars at the Department of Civil Engineering have included:
- Professor Yousef Bozorgnia
Seminar title: Latest Next Generation Ground Motion Developments
Yousef Bozorgnia is Professor In Residence at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. He was the Executive Director (2009-2016), and the Associate Director (2004-2009), of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER). Dr. Bozorgnia’s expertise includes earthquake engineering and ground motion hazard.
- Professor Jonathan Stewart
Seminar title: Seismic Earth Pressures on Retaining Walls - A New Approach
Jonathan P. Stewart is Professor and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA. In 2016 he lead a team of geotechnical experts to Italy, to study the devastating earthquakes that occurred in August of that year.
- Professor Dimitri Beskos
Seminar title: Seismic Response of Rigid Walls Retaining Poroelastic or Non-Homogeneous Elastic Soil: Exact Solutions
Professor Dimitri Beskos is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Patras, Greece. D. Beskos's research work is in the field of Structural Mechanics, Numerical Analysis Methods, with emphasis in Boundary Elements Methods, Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Design of Steel Structures.
As a student of this programme you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities.
A unique multi-million pound earthquake engineering laboratory equipped with a 3mx3m shaking-table earthquake simulator. This is the only one within the UK and is one of the best in Europe.
Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction (SoFSI) facility
We have secured funding for a new £12 million world leading Earthquake Engineering Laboratory to build the new National Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction Facility, due to open in 2020. Given the foreseen research in support of the facility construction, this is deemed the best period for pursuing postgraduate studies in Bristol.
New Engineering wing
The new wing is a £14 million plus investment to support teaching and learning to equip the whole Faculty of Engineering well into the 21st Century.
Watch our second year undergraduate students battle it out on our multi-million pound earthquake shaking table.