The University of Manchester has a long history of education and research in geotechnical engineering. The Geotechnics group currently comprises 4 academic staff, each of whom is an expert in their respective field of research.

Our teaching and research laboratories are well equipped including the standard suite of soil testing equipment and a large geotechnical centrifuge which was built by Prof Peter Rowe in the early 1970s.

The Geotechnics group has strong ties with the industry and professional testing services are provided to the UK and overseas companies.  




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Our PhD projects available

Research focus

The University of Manchester has a long history of research in geotechnical engineering. The Geotechnics group’s current research focus includes the following:

  • Excavation-support fluids
  • Performance of deep foundations
  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Waterfront retaining structures
  • Climate change effects on the integrity of earthen dams
  • Reinforced soil wall and slopes
  • Site investigation
  • Soil plasticity

Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium 2014

The School hosts 13th BGA Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium 2014. The Symposium will bring together young students, researchers and practising engineers to discuss the latest developments in geotechnical engineering.


Academic Staff: Dr William Craig, Dr Carlos Lam, Dr Pauleen Lane, Dr M Ahmad Syed

Research students: Patrick Arnold, Graham Barnes, Faten Ibrahim, Daka Miebaka, Hussein Shaia

Please contact one of the academic staff for further details of current research activity.


Research facilities available are:

  • 500g Tonne, 7m diameter, centrifuge: capable of accelerations to 100g, with a maximum model size of 1m by 2m by 0.6m deep. Models are fully instrumented and have the capability of real-time analysis of electronic and video data
  • Geo-environmental columns for the modelling of solute transport and fate processes at unit and multi-gravity
  • Mesoscale test columns and test beds for contaminant transport and sorption studies
  • Mesoscale test rigs for the modelling of geotechnical engineering processes for terrestrial and offshore applications
  • Modern soil mechanics laboratory, equipped for a wide range of soil testing and characterisation
  • Extensive computing facilities, including PCs and access to HPC
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