School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


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"The supervision and collaboration with multiple faculty members and close connections with industry provided by the GeoEngineering program fosters an academic environment that provided myself with abilities that have and will be useful throughout my professional career. The unique capabilities of the GeoEngineering facilities provided an opportunity to conduct research that was intellectually stimulating and exciting."

Andrea Lougheed, M.Sc.(Eng), P.Eng.  Geotechnical Engineer

Program Contact

Kristine Mattson
GeoEngineering Centre
Ellis Hall; room 101;
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 78591


Program Overview

Unique in North America, the GeoEngineering program is a collaboration between faculty members at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College. Drawn from three engineering departments at the two universities, the GeoEngineering Centre’s members are dedicated to advancing knowledge in geotechnical, geohydrological, geochemical and geosynthetics engineering.

The program links three accredited graduate programs to provide shared learning experiences with interdisciplinary content:

  • Civil Engineering (Queen’s)
  • Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering (Queen’s)
  • Civil Engineering (Royal Military College of Canada)

We bring together students from a variety of backgrounds to take advantage of unique facilities and the biggest GeoEngineering faculty in North America and engage in cross-disciplinary training and close partnerships with industry leaders.

Master’s and doctoral students are eligible to apply once they have been accepted into one of the four member programs.

On graduation, students who participated in this program are identified as having specialized training in GeoEngineering and can become involved with the engineering of earth and rock structures such as those associated with foundations, slopes, deep excavations, tunnels, solid waste landfills, buried infrastructure and contaminated ground.


Career Opportunities

Graduates from our program have gone on to rewarding careers in academia, engineering firms, environmental agencies and other public and private sector employers. Some of the many organizations they have worked for include:

  • Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Brunswick Mining & Smelting
  • Imperial Oil
  • Conostoga Rover & Associates, Ltd.
  • Inco Limited
  • EMS Inc.
  • Kidd Mine
  • Falconbridge Ltd.
  • Motorola
  • Golder Associates
  • Noranda Ltd.


Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.Sc.: 2 years full time

Ph.D.: 3 or 4 years full time

On your transcript it will note that this is the degree with specialty in GeoEngineering.

Method of Completion

Master’s students: Course work + thesis

Ph.D. students: Course work + thesis

  • Participate in the GeoEngineering Seminar graduate course; these seminars feature presentations from faculty members, graduate students, visiting practitioners and researchers, one afternoon each week, exposing students to examples of research and practice in different areas of GeoEngineering. This course appears as an extra course on your transcript. Participation is for two terms for the Masters, and four terms for the doctoral degree.
  • Take one GeoEngineering course from outside your home department; at least 20% of selected coursework must be in GeoEngineering from your home program, and at least 20% from a program outside your home program.
  • Research degree (doctoral and research masters) students undertake their thesis project in one or more of the GeoEngineering sub-fields. Coursework masters students choose a  coursework degree project in one of these sub-fields.
Fields of study and Supervisors

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact the professor or professors whose research interests most closely match their own.


The hydrogeology group focuses on the behaviour and remediation of contaminants in groundwater, with specific applications in fractured rock, fractured clay, and unconsolidated porous media.

Researchers: Mike Hulley, Bernard Kueper, Kevin Mumford, Kent Novakowski, Vicki Remenda


Research work includes studies on shallow and deep foundations, tunnels and deep excavations, pipes, culverts and other buried infrastructure, and geotechnical earthquake engineering.

Researchers: Richard Bathurst, Ryley Beddoe, Richard Brachman, Mark Diederichs, Georgia Fotopoulos, Jean Hutchinson, Ian Moore, Kerry Rowe, Greg Siemens, Andy Take, Nicholas Vlachopoulos


Research areas include subsurface NAPL contamination and remediation, geochemistry of mine tailings, and geosynthetic barrier systems.

Researchers: Fady Abdelaal,  Richard Bathurst, Richard Brachman, Mike Hulley, Jean Hutchinson, Heather Jamieson, Bernard Kueper, Kevin Mumford, Kent Novakowski, Vicky Remenda, Kerry Rowe, Greg Siemens, Nicholas Vlachopoulos


Research areas include applying soil and rock mechanics, materials science, and mathematics to the solution of geoengineering problems.  

Researchers: Fady Abdelaal, Ryley Beddoe, Richard Brachman, Mark Diederichs, Georgia Fotopoulos, Jean Hutchinson, Ian Moore, Kerry Rowe, Greg Siemens, Andy Take, Nicholas Vlachopoulos


Research includes studies on reinforcement to enhance the stability of walls, foundations, tunnels and embankments, on the use of geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners to limit contaminant migration from municipal and hazardous waste landfills and as barrier systems for hydrocarbon contaminated soils, and on new and repaired pipes and manholes.

Researchers: Fady Abedlaal, Richard Bathurst, Richard Brachman, Ian Moore, Kerry Rowe, Andy Take


Research includes studies of the long-term stability of mine waste including kimberlite tailings, acid rock drainage and arsenic-rich gold mine tailings, subsurface NAPL contamination and migration, and groundwater tracer migration studies.

Researchers: Heather Jamieson, Bernard Kueper, Kevin Mumford

Funding, Admission Requirements & Deadlines


For information on funding, please consult your home department.

Full time students are encouraged to seek external financial support and to apply for funding from NSERC, OGS, ConeTec and other sources.  

Admission Requirements

  • Enrol in one of the three home departments with a thesis supervisor connected with the GeoEngineering Centre. Satisfy the coursework, thesis and other requirements of the specific member (home) program in which you enrol.
  • Obtain and complete GeoEngineering enrolment form from the website and return to the Executive Director of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC.


Application deadline: Applications are accepted at any time.

Notification of acceptance: All eligible students are immediately accepted into the program.  Students should then register through SOLUS in the GENG840 core course.


Grad Maps

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