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Exploration Geophysics, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
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Geophysics is the remote study of the Earth's interior through physical techniques – principally seismology, but also applying gravity, magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic methods.It is a key element of oil, gas and mineral exploration; environmental, cyrosphere, and archaeological assessment; and engineering site investigation. Our MSc prepares you to embark on a career in these sectors.

About

Running continuously for over 50 years it is very firmly established and has strong links to industry. It provides you with a broad range of practical skills, underpinned by a theoretical understanding that equips you to become a professional in your chosen field.

You will also undertake a four-month individual project, mostly in association with an external company or institute, and often in their offices on placements or subsidised internships.

Course highlights:
  • Network with energy, geophysical acquisition, processing and software companies, who visit regularly to engage and recruit our students.
  • Complete a 4 month individual project, mostly in association with an external company or institute and often in their offices.
  • Access our state-of-the-art computer suite that runs a comprehensive range of industry-standard software on hi-spec twin-screen workstations.
  • Develop your field skills with our sector-leading portfolio of field geophysical equipment.

There is a high demand for geophysicists. A Masters is generally considered an appropriate level to embark on a career in resource exploration and the course at Leeds has an exceptionally good record of job placement for students.

Many energy, and service-sector companies target the course directly for recruitment with numerous company visits through the year. Other opportunities arise from project placements, the EAGE, or presentation day in September.

Most students join energy or minerals companies, or geophysical acquisition, processing, interpretation or software companies.

Our graduates have secured positions including:

  • Geophysicist, Bell Geospace Ltd
  • Time Processing Geophysicist, ION Geophysical
  • Junior Geophysicist, DownUnder GeoSolutions
  • Geophysicist, Data Management and GIS, The Government of Tanzania
  • PhD study

Accreditation

This Master Degree in Exploration Geophysics programme at University of Leeds Faculty of Environment from University of Leeds is accredited by The Geological Society.

Programme Structure

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Exploration Geophysics MSc in the course catalogue

Compulsory modules: 

  • Exploration Geophysics: Project and Dissertation
  • Computational Inverse Theory
  • Petrophysics and Petroleum Geology
  • Geophysical Reservoir Evaluation
  • Geophysical and Geological Field Methods and Geological Interpretation
  • Gravity and Magnetic Methods
  • Seismic Fundamentals and Acquisition
  • Seismic Data Processing
  • Seismic Reflection Interpretation and Sequence Stratigraphy

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 12 months
                • Credits
                  180 alternative credits
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                • Minimum required score:

                  6.5

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                • Minimum required score:

                  92

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                Academic Requirements

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: Upper Second Class

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                General Requirements

                Entry requirements
                • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in geosciences (e.g. geology or geophysics) or a numerate subject, such as physics, mathematics, or some engineering disclipline. Relevant and extensive industry experience can also be taken into account.
                • Applicants should have mathematics to a good A-level grade (or equivalent) as a minimum. Mathematical competence will be assessed prior to joining and additional training may be required.
                • The course is computer-intensive and basic computer literacy including Windows and MS Office are assumed. 
                Find out more on our course page.

                Tuition Fee

                Living costs for Leeds

                • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                Funding

                Scholarships and financial support

                If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  

                Industry scholarships

                We appreciate that funding to undertake a postgraduate degree is a significant issue for individual students.

                Based on the course's long history of developing well qualified graduates, it has had the largest number of Masters-level geophysics industry scholarships open to UK/EU students.

                For more information, please visit programme website.

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