Structural Geology with Geophysics, M.Sc. | University of Leeds | Leeds, United Kingdom
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Structural Geology with Geophysics

12 months
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This Structural Geology with Geophysics course from University of Leeds will provide you with the advanced theoretical and practical training needed to flourish in a career in applied structural geology both across a range of geo-energy industries and as preparation for independent academic research.


Structural geologists are crucial to implementing a successful and sustainable energy transition which addresses some of the greatest challenges of our time. Our Structural Geology with Geophysics MSc is a unique and globally leading Masters programme that fully equips you with the expertise needed to make real change across the breadth of energy and resource-facing industries.

You’ll gain advanced theoretical and practical training, combining structural and geophysical techniques to solve real-world geological problems across a range of subsurface environments, from renewable and sustainable energy provision and storage to ores and minerals resources.

Throughout the course, you’ll master the practical application of structural geology, exploring geological and geophysical constraints on subsurface interpretation whilst developing structural models and associated 3D visualisation software skills.

You’ll be taught by academics with a wealth of expertise and industry experience, and you'll have access to specialist facilities that’ll prepare you for working in industry.

At the end of the programme, as a skilled subsurface interpreter and modeller, you’ll have an extensive skill set, transferable into independent academic research or across a wide range of exciting career paths in this field.

Career opportunities

There’s a need for well-trained structural geologists – specifically with geophysical expertise – spanning the scope of energy and resource-facing industries. From hydrocarbons to rare minerals and ores to sectors such as geothermal, CCS (carbon capture and storage), shallow hazard risking, and energy and hydrogen storage – you’ll have the skills sought after by many employers worldwide.

Not only is a Masters an excellent level for entering into the resource exploration industry, but this course is targeted directly for recruitment.


When you choose a degree with accredited status, you can be assured that the teaching is of the highest standard. 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

You'll take nine months of taught classes, followed by approximately three months of independent research and dissertation writing in association with industry or research collaborators.

Some of the modules you'll study are spread over a full semester, while most are short and intensive. They are devised to develop your advanced understanding of key topics,including large-scale tectonics, basin evolution and reservoir scale deformation, and your technical ability through the use of industry-leading software.

You’ll also undertake professional and research level training in structural geology and basin evolution from regional, to basin, to reservoir/deposit scale.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor's 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 more information, please contact the Admissions Team.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


International Masters Excellence Scholarship

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

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