Foundation Design and Retaining Structures, Certificate | Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Foundation Design and Retaining Structures

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Build on principles of soil mechanics and discover their use in foundations design with Newcastle University's Foundation Design and Retaining Structures course.


This Foundation Design and Retaining Structures module at Newcastle University will build upon the principles of soil mechanics, and show how they are used for the design of shallow and deep foundations and retaining walls.

We will examine different types of shallow foundations:

pad footingstrip footingraft footingStudents will learn to calculate settlements in both cohesive and granular soils. You will also get practical experience assessing the settlement of both shallow and deep foundations.We will teach you how to calculate the bearing capacity of shallow foundations, accounting for the shape of the foundation and inclination of the loads.Students will get the opportunity to design shallow foundations and retaining walls, accounting for the saturation condition of the soil.We will discuss classification criteria and methods of installation of piles. You will also learn how to determine the bearing capacity of piles subjected to vertical actions.

Programme Structure

The module will be taught in one week, with teaching methods including:
  • guest lectures
  • tutorials
  • background reading
  • project and course work

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 4 days

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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General requirements

  • CPD makes learning proactive. It’s an ongoing process of lifelong learning that can help you achieve your goals. It can help you progress in your career, whatever stage you’re at.

Tuition Fee

The fees for this course will be announced soon.

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

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