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Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Earthquake Engineering) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    ENGINEERING

  • DURATION

    2 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Civil Engineering

  • COURSE TYPE

    Post Graduation

Updated On - January 8th 2019 By PRANJAL SINGHAL

Master of Technology in Earthquake Engineering Courses, Syllabus, Jobs and Salary

M.Tech in Earthquake Engineering is a 2-year long for pursuing which, eligible candidate should have attained a B. Tech degree or equivalent qualification with minimum 60% marks in aggregate.

Earthquake engineering is essentially about the analysis and design of load- supporting structures. Earthquake engineering is an offshoot of civil engineering. Subjects studied in this course include Construction Management Processes, Soil Mechanics, Concrete Technology, Applied Construction Project Management and Geology etc.

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 80,000 and 4 Lacs. Admission are based on candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam such as GATE, CMJ, CCMT.

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Volcanologists, Petroleum Geologists, Environmental Geologists, Earth Science Teachers, Glacial or Quaternary Geologists, Structural Geologists and Hydrogeologists etc., and in private and government agencies engaged in the construction of space stations, bridges, ports, highways, railways and buildings, and in colleges and universities as teachers.

The initial salary offered to such postgraduates varies between INR 4 to 10 Lacs per year.

Organizations such as Geological Survey of India (GSI), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC), Coal India and Mineral Exploration Ltd. Etc. hire such postgraduates.

M.Tech in Earthquake Engineering: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPost Graduate
Duration2 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility(10+2) examination with science subject such as (Biology, Math and Chemistry)
Admission ProcessBased on entrance exam like GATE, CMJ, CCMT entrance exam etc.
Course FeeINR 80,000 to 4 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 4 to 10 Lacs per year
Top Recruiting OrganizationsGeological Survey of India (GSI), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC), Coal India and Mineral Exploration Ltd.
Job PositionsVolcanologists, Petroleum Geologists, Environmental Geologists, Earth Science Teachers, Glacial or Quaternary Geologists, Structural Geologists and Hydrogeologists

M. Tech in Earthquake Engineering: What is it About?

Earthquake Engineering is the field of science that involves the study of the protection of society and natural and human-made atmosphere from earthquakes by reducing seismic risk to socio-economically acceptable levels. Traditionally, earthquake engineering has been defined as the science of bolstering structures to withstand seismic impacts, which is why it is considered a subset of geotechnical and structural engineering.
Earthquake Engineering is a systematic study of earthquakes. It is an investigation of and attempt at resolving the danger posed by damaging earthquakes. These engineers plan, design, construct and manage earthquake- resistant structures and facilities.

Since 60% of Indian geography is declared sensitive to earthquakes, the role of Earthquake Engineers proves vital in building- quake resistant structures. 

Top Institutes Offering M. Tech in Earthquake Engineering

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each:

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
NITSilcharINR 4.1 Lacs (course)
IITRoorkeeINR 3 Lacs (course)
IITKharagpurINR 1.5 Lacs (course)
Visvesvaraya National Institute of TechnologyNagpurINR 84,500 (course)
Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (CBIT)HyderabadINR 2.1 Lacs (course)

Eligibility for M. Tech in Earthquake Engineering

For applying to the course, aspiring candidates need to have:

  • completed B. Tech. or equivalent qualification with minimum 60% marks in aggregate (55% for SC/ST candidates).
  • pursued Electronics/ Instrumentation/ Biomedical Instrumentation/ Electrical or any other allied branches.
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M. Tech in Earthquake Engineering: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s GATE/ CMJ score secured by the candidates. Even UGC and CSIR scores are taken into consideration for selection of appropriate candidates for the course.

M. Tech in Earthquake Engineering: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Semester I
Vibration of Elastic Method
Numerical Methods for Dynamics Systems
Seismological Modelling and Simulation
Vulnerability and Risk Analysis 
Programme Elective
Semester II
Ground Shaking Hazard
Programme Elective
Programme Elective
Programme Elective
Programme Elective
Semester III
Dissertation
Semester IV Dissertation
Elective Courses
EQ-514 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofitting of Structures
EQ-534 Advanced Seismic Microzonation
EQ-535 Seismic Disaster Mitigation and Management
EQ-536 Ground Failure Hazard
EQ-537 Earthquake Precursors and Early Warning Systems
EQ-538 Geo-informatics
EQ-546 Instrumentation and Model Testing Techniques
EQ-571 Ground Improvement Techniques
EQ-590 Strong Motion Seismology

M. Tech in Earthquake Engineering: Career Prospects

An Earthquake Engineer researches data and gathers information from varied locations and sources and find solutions for making structures that are earthquake- resistant. In addition to gathering information and researching, they also travel far for gathering information from local bodies. These professionals can find job opportunities with research and development organizations engaged in researching on earthquakes. They can also find job placements as researchers, professors and lecturers or at NGOs, working for environment and earthquake- related issues.

An engineer in this profession in India earns between INR 25,000 to 30,000 in the beginning of the career, increase with experience.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
Geo Science EngineerGeoscientists often supervise the work of technicians and coordinate work with other scientists, both on the field and in the lab. Many geoscientists are involved in the search for and development of natural resources, such as petroleum. Others work in environmental protection and preservation, and are involved in projects to clean up and reclaim land. Some specialize in a particular aspect of the earth, such as oceans.4,93,325
Geo-scientistGeoscientists typically plan and conduct field studies, in which they visit locations to collect samples and conduct surveys. They study the physical aspects of the earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future 4,43,732
Seismic Data Collection EngineerSeismic Data Collection Engineers play an important role in the oil and gas industry. They work from surveys, sending pulses of sound energy down through layers of rock beneath the earth's surface.9,02,473 
Seismic Data Interpretation EngineerSeismic Interpreters use a variety of technical, computational and scientific modelling techniques to produce geophysical and geological data that can be used to analyze the hydrocarbon content of rock structures.1,068,000 
Mineral EngineerMining Engineers ensure that underground resources such as minerals, metals, oil and gas are extracted safely and efficiently. Typical job responsibilities include ensuring that operations comply with health and safety requirements, and making sure that the equipment used is safe. 6,56,000
Survey GeologistSurvey Geologists work for provincial or federal government geological surveys, builds a framework of geological knowledge to encourage a better understanding of mineral and energy resources in the environment. 5,11,804
Conservation HydrologistHydrologists typically measure the properties of bodies of water, such as volume and stream flow. They collect water and soil samples to test for certain properties, such as the pH or pollution levels and analyze data on the environmental impacts of pollution, erosion, drought, and other problems. 2,93,084 

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