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Structural Geology with Geophysics, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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University rank #93 (QS) ,
This is the only applied structural geology Masters in the UK. It provides you with advanced training in the practical application of structural geology, preparing you either for employment in the hydrocarbon or mining industries, or for PhD study.

About

You’ll gain a skillset combining advanced structural techniques and interpreting seismic data, an understanding of structural systems in time and space, and an appreciation of both the geological and geophysical constraints of seismic interpretation and model building.

This will enable you to use a combination of structural and geophysical techniques to solve geological problems. As a capable seismic interpreter you’ll be able to contribute in an industry role from day one.

Our teaching is research led, with direct links to active applied research. You’ll be taught by a range of research and industry experts, as well as through industry-led workshops. Strong industry links are a feature of this course.

Course highlights:
  • A key focus of this Masters is on understanding structural evolution in various settings and the use of 3D and 4D thinking in geological contexts. Skills that are essential for your employment in industry.
  • Undertake free fieldwork in the UK and EU that is directly linked to your classroom learning.
  • Choose from hydrocarbon and mining module options, depending on your interests.
  • Access high-spec computing facilities and industry-standard software.
  • Produce an industry or research focused dissertation in your final year.
Career opportunities

There is a need for well-trained structural geologists with geophysical skills and training, within both the hydrocarbons and minerals industries, but also within sectors such as geothermal and hydrothermal energy and carbon sequestration. With a Masters being generally considered as a good level to enter into a career within the resource exploration industry the longer-term employment prospects are very good, despite industry fluctuations in employment and recruitment, with many companies targeting the course directly for recruitment.

We maintain excellent links with industry and professional bodies and many energy and service-sector companies engage directly with our students via specific company recruitment talks and workshops held throughout the year. Other opportunities for recruitment can arise from project placements and the final presentations day at the close of the programme in September.

You will develop transferable skills, from 4D thinking, time management, and critical and analytical thinking to teamworking, presentation and report writing skills. We also run a number of company-led training workshops that develop your skills using industry software such as Petrel, Kingdom and Leapfrog.

Starting salaries as a professional geoscientist in hydrocarbons and mining industries are commonly around £30-35,000 per year.

Accreditation

Be assured that the quality and relevance of our teaching has been recognised by an independent body of academics and industrialists through our Geological Society of London Professional Accreditation.

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 Structural Geology with Geophysics MSc in the course catalogue

Compulsory modules:

  • Structural Geology Independent Project
  • Applied Geophysical Methods
  • Integrated Sub Surface Analysis
  • Seismic Interpretation and Applied Structural Models
  • Geomechanics
  • Applied Geodynamics and Basin Evolution
  • 3D Structure: Techniques and Visualisation

Optional modules (selection of typical options):

  • Reservoir Structural Geology and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity of Basins 
  • Ore Deposits and their Structural Controls

            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 a geological, geophysical, environmental geology, mining or related subject. Mathematics to A-level is also preferred, although GSCE level is accepted.

            If you have a lower qualification and a non-standard geology degree, you may be considered on an ad-hoc basis, supported by relevant experience. You may also have to take an entrance exam.

            We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Earth and Environment admissions team.

            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 supportIf 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 turning out well qualified graduates, we have strong company links which typically offer a number of studentships available for UK/EU students (full and partial awards).

            For more information, please visit programme website.

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