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Master of Science in the field of

Applied
Geosciences
Apply now for entry in September 2018

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG


FACULTY OF SCIENCE
What will this MSc give you? Courses Reimbursable by the Continuing Education Fund
(CEF)
• The chance to study at one of the top universities in the World in
Courses in the programme:
a department with a high research rating
• GEOS7012 Site Investigation and engineering geological techniques
• Up-to-date technical knowledge and professional skills, taught by
• GEOS8101 Engineering geology and geotechnical design
specialist academics and expert practitioners • GEOS8102 Rock engineering and geomaterials
• Selected full-time students will take an internship in industry as are reimbursable courses for the purposes of CEF. All CEF applicants
part of their programme are required to attend at least 70% of the classes of each course
• Contacts, career advice and inspiration before they are eligible for fee reimbursement under the CEF.

Student comments The Theme Options


‘Very applicable to my field/career. Provided the knowledge base I • Engineering Geology Theme (offered in 2018)*
was hoping to learn and satisfied my goal … of exploring different Aim: to help engineering geologists improve their performance
aspects of Engineering Geology.’ in professional work. Engineers and scientists wanting to advance
their understanding of geology and the work of the engineering
‘I am glad to have a nice supervisor who helps and encourages me a
geologist are also invited to apply for admission. The theme
lot to overcome my limitations and cares about my learning progress concentrates on the application of geology and mechanics in
as well as career development in the future.’ geotechnical engineering and the development of engineering
‘Classmates are enthusiastic. The study atmosphere is good.’ geological skills.
• Engineering Geology with HKIE Approved Courses Theme
‘Thank you for your teaching. Your teaching methods inspire and
(to be offered in 2019)*
remind me of how effective teaching can be. Also the assessment
Provides all 14 of the additional courses which graduates in Earth
method is fair enough. Most of all thanks to your speedy and detailed Sciences or Geology would need to meet the entry requirements
feedback which is useful for understanding and revision.‘ of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in the Geotechnical
Discipline.
Professional Recognition * These two themes are accredited by the
Geological Society of London. Applications for
We have applied for the MSc in AG to be accredited by the Geological Chartered Geologist or Scientist (CGeol/CSci) with
Society of London, the body which awards the qualification Chartered an accredited MSc benefit from an accelerated
route, subject to satisfying all other criteria.
Geologist. Applicants with an accredited MSc need fewer years of
working experience to apply for Chartered Geologist.
Programme Learning Outcomes
The Engineering Geology Theme provides 11 of the 14 additional 1. Can apply geological knowledge and skills in the solution of
courses which graduates in Earth Sciences or Geology would need problems in the student’s discipline.
to meet the entry requirements of the Hong Kong Institution of 2. Can explain, use and critically assess the use of science related to
Engineers in the Geotechnical Discipline. the student’s discipline.
3. Insists on knowing the facts before making a judgement; exhibits
judicial habits of mind.
Scholarships and Financial Support 4. Effective in defining and solving problems from first principles,
Association of Geotechnical and without reliance on solutions from memory; can satisfactorily
complete a self-directed study.
Geoenvironmental Specialists (Hong Kong) Scholarship
5. Effective in oral, written and graphical communication.
This $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of academic 6. Works well in a team.
achievement. 7. Knows the standards of conduct required by law, by the student’s
professional qualifying body and by the university and why it is
Government's Non-means Tested Loan Scheme important to uphold a high standard of professional ethics. Knows
http://www.sfaa.gov.hk the specific malpractices that may be encountered in the student’s
profession and how to guard against malpractice.
Prizes 8. Able to recognise, articulate and advocate the societal benefits
of the application of best practice in engineering geology in the
Halcrow Prizes are awarded to the Best Student and for the Best construction industry, in the use of earth resources and in the
Dissertation. mitigation of geological risk.
Programme Structure Description of Selected Courses (Provisional)
To be eligible for the award of the MSc in the field of Applied Geosciences, a Further details of courses are given at http://
student shall complete all core courses prescribed in a selected theme and www.earthsciences.hku.hk/current-students/
elective courses, totalling 66 credits.
postgraduate-students/taught-postgraduates
Engineering Geology Theme Notes:
Core courses lec: Lecture; tut: Tutorial; fws: Fieldwork supervision;
GEOS7010 Geology principles and practice (6 credits), for non- dis: Dissertation supervision; pro: Project supervision

geologists GEOS7010 Geology principles and practice (6 credits) (36 hrs lec + tut)
GEOS7011 Advanced geology of Hong Kong (6 credits), for geologists Course coordinator: Dr Xuran Zuo (taught by Prof GC Zhao, Prof MF Zhou
OR and Dr Xuran Zuo)
GEOS7033 Geology of Hong Kong (6 credits), for non-geologists A review of fundamental concepts in geoscience, including earth and geological
processes, surface processes, minerals and rocks, geological structures and
GEOS7012 Site Investigation and engineering geological techniques
geological map interpretation. The course also introduces the rocks and geological
(6 credits) formations of Hong Kong.
GEOS7015 Rock mechanics (3 credits)
Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%)
GEOS7016 †
Soil mechanics (3 credits)
GEOS7020 Project I (6 credits) GEOS7011 Advanced geology of Hong Kong (6 credits) (36 hrs lec + fws)
GEOS7021 Geological fieldwork I (3 credits), for non-geologists OR Course coordinator: Dr Jason Ali (taught by Dr Ali and Dr Rod Sewell)
This advanced course examines specialist aspects of the rocks and geological
GEOS8021 Geological fieldwork II (3 credits), for geologists
formations and structures of Hong Kong and their significance in the context of
GEOS8001 Hydrogeology (3 credits) geotechnical engineering, environmental management and resource development.
GEOS8002 Professional practice in applied geosciences (3 credits) Topics include volcanic and granitic rocks, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks,
GEOS8003 Seminars on unforeseen ground conditions, weathering processes, superficial deposits, geology and geological aspects of
Geotechnical and environmental failures (3 credits) landslides.

GEOS8020 Project II (12 credits) Assessment: Course work (50%) and written examination (50%)
GEOS8101 Engineering geology and geotechnical design (6 credits)
GEOS7012 Site investigation and engineering geological techniques
GEOS8102 Rock engineering and geomaterials (6 credits)
(6 credits) (36 hrs lec + tut)
GEOS8104 *Natural hillside landslide and hazard studies (3 credits) Course coordinator: Dr Louis NY Wong (taught by Dr RP Martin, Ir Kevin Styles
GEOS8204 † ∆
* Basic structural mechanics and behaviour (3 credits) and Ir Philip Chung)
A professional course on the concepts and skills used in geotechnical site
Other elective courses investigation. Topics include the design of site investigations, desk study and
walkover survey, aerial photographic interpretation, soil and rock description and
GEOS7022 Course of directed studies (3 credits)
classification, ground investigation technology and soil and rock laboratory testing.

Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%)


* For geologists

Not a core course for full-time students taking course GEOS7022 GEOS7015 Rock mechanics (3 credits) (18 hrs lec + tut)

Graduates in Civil Engineering cannot take this course for credits. Course coordinator: Dr Louis NY Wong (taught by Dr Wong and Ir Ivan Ho)
The course introduces the basic concepts of rock mechanics used in geotechnical
practice. Topics include index properties, strength and deformability of intact
rock; distribution and measurement of in-situ stresses; and shear strength of
discontinuities in rock masses.

Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%)

Certain courses not included in the list above may be accepted as


alternative electives at the discretion of the programme director.
GEOS7016 Soil mechanics (3 credits) (18 hrs lec + tut)
Course coordinator: Ir Philip Chung (taught by Ir Chung and Ir Florence Ko)
An examination of the basic soil mechanics theory used in geotechnical practice.
The course reviews phase relationships, soil classification, compaction, fluid
flow and effective stress concepts; and provides a more detailed analysis of
elasticity, shear strength and consolidation.

Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%)

GEOS7020 Project I (6 credits) (pro + dis)


Course coordinator: Prof YC Chan
The first phase of an independent self-directed study of a problem in applied
geosciences. It involves literature review, data collection and data analysis.
Students are required to write an inception report and give a presentation
on their proposed study. Work is required on the project during the summer
following the second semester. Professional geologists are expected to
undertake a field mapping task as part of their project.

Assessment: Course work (100%)

GEOS7021 Geological fieldwork I (3 credits) (18 hrs lec + fws)


Course coordinator and teacher: Dr Xuran Zuo
Self-directed study in the field over a 6-month period leading to the production
of maps, field sheets, narrative accounts and other geological records
for assessment. The fieldwork may be undertaken in association with the
excursions of the Department of Earth Sciences, the local learned societies GEOS8003 Seminars on unforeseen ground conditions,
or independently. (Marked on a pass/fail basis.) geotechnical and environmental failures (3 credits)
(18 hrs lec + tut)
Assessment: Course work (100%)
Course coordinator: Prof AW Malone (instructors Profs Malone &
GEOS7022 Course of directed studies (3 credits) YC Chan and Ir Ken Ho)
Course coordinator: Prof AW Malone A series of student-led seminars on case histories of landslides, collapses of
Studies to assist learning in the core courses, involving some of the following engineering structures, excessive ground settlement and environmental
activities: professional activities, field work, laboratory work, internship, class disasters. Presentations of facts and opinions are given by students based
exercises, tutorials and reading. on suggested reading material.

Assessment: course work (80%) and oral examination (20%) Assessment: Course work (100%)

GEOS7033 Geology of Hong Kong (6 credits) (36 hrs lec + fws) Pre-requisite: GEOS8002
Course coordinator: Dr Xuran Zuo (taught by Dr Xuran Zuo and
GEOS8020 Project II (12 credits) (pro + dis)
Dr Jean Wong)
Course coordinator: Prof YC Chan
To provide an understanding of the principal components of the geology
of Hong Kong and its regional setting, including the distribution and The second phase of an independent self-directed study of a problem in
interpretation of the main rock types, age relationships; and superficial applied geosciences culminating in the preparation of a project report of
deposits; and the locations and orientations of the main regional and local about 8000 words. Students will be required to make a presentation of their
structures. preliminary results.

Assessment: Course work (50%) and written examination (50%) Assessment: Course work (100%)

Pre-requisite: GEOS7010 GEOS8021 Geological fieldwork II (3 credits) (18 hrs fws)


Course coordinator: Dr Jess King
GEOS8001 Hydrogeology (3 credits) (18 hrs lec + tut)
Self-directed study in the field over a 6-month period leading to the
Course coordinator and teacher: Prof J Jiao
production of maps, field sheets, narrative accounts and other geological
To study the role of sub-surface water in engineering and environmental
records for assessment. The fieldwork may be undertaken in association
applications. Topics include the hydrologic cycle, properties of aquifers
with the excursions of the Department of Earth Sciences, the local learned
controlling the transmissivity, storage and quality of groundwater, quantification
societies or independently. (Marked on a Pass/Fail basis.)
of groundwater flow, the field investigation of groundwater and assessment
of field parameters and applications of hydrogeology in engineering and Assessment: Course work (100%)
environmental studies.
GEOS8101 Engineering geology and geotechnical design (6 credits)
Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%) (36 hrs lec + tut)
Course Coordinator: Prof AW Malone (taught by Ir Philip Chung,
GEOS8002 Professional practice in applied geosciences (3 credits)
Dr Vickie Kong and Prof AW Malone)
(18 hrs lec + tut)
An examination of civil engineering design methodology and the application
Course coordinator: Prof AW Malone (taught by Prof Malone and
of soil mechanics theory and empiricism in geotechnical design. Emphasis
Barry Hoy)
is given to soil slopes and embankments, earth pressure and retaining
An examination of issues in professional practice in applied geoscience;
structures; and shallow and deep foundations.
including regulation of practice, professional ethics and law, contracts and
risk management. Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%)

Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%) Pre-requisite: GEOS7016
GEOS8102 Rock engineering and geomaterials (6 credits) Programme Duration and Class Schedules
(36 hrs lec + tut)
The part-time programme extends over two academic years of
Course Coordinator: Dr Louis NY Wong (taught by Dr Louis NY Wong
and Ir Patrick Chau)
part-time study and the full-time programme extends over one
This course starts with a brief introduction to the design methodology and academic year. Teaching will take place mainly on weekday evenings
the systems approach in rock engineering, and is mainly focused on the but students are expected to undertake field and laboratory work
collection and analysis of engineering geological data for the design of rock during weekends. Normally there are two evening classes each week
structures. Uses of rock mechanics input and empirical classifications in analysis but in some semesters there may be three. Full-time students
and design of rock slopes, tunnel excavation and support systems, and rock attend the same evening classes as part-time students, most
foundations are demonstrated through case histories. of whom have day-time employment. Concentrated teaching
Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%) may be held at weekends. All lectures are given in English at the
HKU main campus.
Pre-requisite: GEOS7015

GEOS8104 Natural Hillside Landslide and Hazard Studies (3 credits) Study Load
(18 hrs lec + tut) To complete the MSc curriculum students are required to pass
Course coordinator: Mr Jonathan Hart (taught by Mr Jonathan Hart
courses amounting to 66 credits. Learning hours will amount to
and DR RP Martin)
approximately 1440 hours, including about 360 hours for the Project,
The contents of this course will include most of the following topics:
and contact hours will be about 400 hours. The 2-year part-time
classification of landslides; Hong Kong terminology, examples of natural
terrain landslides and documentary sources of information; hillslope programme of studies imposes a heavy workload on a part-time
evolution, geomorphological principles (including the evolutionary landform student in a full-time job - an annual MSc workload of 720 hours is
models of Dalrymple and Hansen) and Quaternary geology of Hong Kong; approximately forty percent of the number of working hours of a
hillslope hydrology, modes of groundwater flow, runoff and infiltration, full-time job. Students are expected to work year-round and teaching
piping; hydrological and morphological conditions for initiation of shallow is conducted during Reading Weeks and in the summer semester.
landslides in regolith; engineering geological and geomorphological mapping; Further details of student workload and learning activities are given
landform processes; regolith mapping, boulder identification; landslide hazard at http://www.earthsciences.hku.hk/current-students/postgraduate-
assessment; landslide susceptibility assessment for risk quantification; design
students/taught-postgraduates
event approach; landslide mobility modelling.

Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%)


Academic Assessment
GEOS8204 Basic structural mechanics and behaviour (3 credits) All written and oral communication will be in the English language.
(18 hrs lec + tut)
The following Grade Descriptors will be used in academic assessment:
Course coordinator and teacher: Prof HK Ng
The subject will cover most of the following: Behaviour of structural members
subjected to tension, compression, bending, shear and torsion. Buckling of Grade A Is very good or excellent in using basic principles and essential skills in
compression members. Statically determinate and indeterminate structures; practice. Requires very limited supervision. Is creative, work is virtually
including the concept of redundancy of structural members. Load transfer error free and writes well. Can apply learning in unfamiliar situations.
mechanisms of structural systems including foundations and shoring systems. Grade B Is good in using the basic principles and the essential skills in practice
General behaviour and basic concepts in design of reinforced concrete but requires some supervision.
members. Structural design of foundations and retaining walls. Grade c Is able to state most of the basic principles but is poor at using them,
Assessment: Course work (30%) and written examination (70%) and the essential skills, in practice without direction.
Grade D Marginal Pass and any Pass in a supplementary examination.
Fail Does not know most of the basic principles and has not mastered
the essential skills used in practice.
Tuition Fees Validity
The annual composition fee for the academic year 2018-2019 is This booklet was prepared in November 2017 and information in it
HK$120,000#. Part-time students will pay HK$60,000# per year for two
may have been superseded by subsequent changes.
years. Payment can be paid in two instalments each year.
# Subject to approval
Part-time Lecturers
Admission Requirements Chan Y C BBS; BSc HKU; MSc Lond; DIC; FHKIE; MIStructE
Applicants for the Engineering Geology Theme should possess a Chau P K S BEng, MEng McGill; MHKIE; MIOM3; CEng;
Bachelor’s degree with First or Second Class Honours in Science, PEng (Ont) GEO
Engineering or a related subject.
Chung P W K BSc HKU; MSc Lond; DIC; CEng; MHKIE; FGS GEO
Application Hart J BSc Edin; MSc Lond; CGeol GeoRisk Solutions Ltd
Application for full-time and part-time study opens in Ho K K S BSc(Eng); MSc Lond; MICE; MHKIE; FGS GEO
November 2017 Ho I M L BEng MPhil HKUST; MHKIE; MHKICA; MICE; CEng
Round 1 deadline 31 January 2018
GEO
Round 2 deadline 30 April 2018
Round 3 (clearing) deadline 3 July 2018 Hoy B P Solicitor Hong Kong, Robertsons
Ko W Y Florence BEng HKUST; LLB Lond; MSc IC; MA HKCityU;
Full-time students wishing to take an internship as part of MICE; MHKIE; CEng GEO
their programme should apply early.
Kong W W Vickie BEng, MEng Auckland; PhD UWA; MICE; MHKIE;
CEng GEO
Programme details can be downloaded from
http://www.scifac.hku.hk/pg/prospective/tpg Martin R P BSc PhD Lond; MIMM; CEng; CGeol
Online application can be accessed via Ng H K MSc Southampton; FHKIE; FIStructE, JMK
http://www.aal.hku.hk/tpg Sewell R J PhD Cantab HK Geological Survey GEO
Styles K BSc UNSW; CGeol; CEng; FHKIE Fugro
Enquiries
Associate Programme Director
Professor Andrew Malone Further Information
Department of Earth Sciences There is a wealth of further information at http://www.
Room 309 James Hsioung Lee Science Building
earthsciences.hku.hk/current-students/postgraduate-students/
Tel: 2559 2555 Fax: 2517 6912
E-mail: awmalone@hku.hk taught-postgraduates

Programme Director Photographs are reproduced with the permission of the Head
Dr Louis NY Wong
of the Geotechnical Engineering Office and the Director of Civil
Department of Earth Sciences
Room 309 James Hsioung Lee Science Building Engineering and Development, Government Hong Kong Special
Tel: 2241 5970 Fax: 2517 6912 Administrative Region
E-mail: lnywong@hku.hk

Faculty of Science /F Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong Tel: 3917 5287 Fax: 2858 4620 Email: science@hku.hk http://www.scifac.hku.hk/pg/prospective/tpg