Geophysics is the remote study of the Earth's interior through physical techniques – principally seismology, but also applying gravity, magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic methods.
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, typically in association with an external company or institute, and often in their offices on placements or subsidised internships.
There is a high demand for geophysicists. A Masters is generally considered an appropriate level to embark on a career in resource exploration or engineering/environmental site investigation, 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 Project Presentation day in September.
Most students join energy or minerals companies, or geophysical acquisition, processing, interpretation or software companies.
Graduates of the Exploration Geophysics course at University of Leeds have secured positions in recent years, including:
- geologist/geophysicist, Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (Colombia)
- geologist/geophysicist, Arup – engineering site investigation
- geophysicist, Bell Geospace – airborne geophysics
- geophysicist, British Geological Survey – geomagnetism unit
- geophysicist, CGG – seismic data processing
- 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
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
This course is very competitive. We advise you to submit your application for entry as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in geosciences (e.g. geology or geophysics) or in a relevant numerate subject, such as physics, mathematics, or some engineering discliplines. Relevant and extensive industry experience can also be taken into account.
- You must have mathematics to a good A-level grade (or equivalent) as a minimum. Your mathematical competence will be assessed prior to joining and additional training may be required.
- The course is computer-intensive and we assume you have basic computer literacy including Windows and MS Office.
- All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
EDCL/ICDL qualifications are not formally required, but represent the level expected. Familiarity with Linux would also be advantageous as it forms the platform for much of the workstation based training.
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.
Based on the School's long history of turning out well qualified graduates, we have strong company links which typically offer a number of industry scholarships available for UK/EU students (full and partial awards).
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.