Engineering Geology, M.Sc. | University of Leeds | Leeds, United Kingdom
12 months
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The Engineering Geology degree from University of Leeds provides you with the knowledge and skills required to embark upon a career in an industry which could see you working worldwide on a wide range of problems from sustainable infrastructure design to the assessment of environmental and geological risk.


Engineering geologists have a unique understanding of the ground and geological processes, making them crucial to all construction and infrastructure projects. Without their expertise in these processes and the potential hazards, developments risk being safe — which is why this profession will always be in high demand.

Our Engineering Geology MSc provides you with the in-depth knowledge and skills required to embark upon a rewarding career in an industry which could take you across the globe, on a wide range of exciting projects, from sustainable infrastructure design to the assessment of environmental and geological risk.

Established over 50 years ago, our Engineering Geology MSc here at Leeds has strong links with industrial partners who are actively involved in ensuring course content is up-to-date and industry-relevant.

Engineering Geology is the largest employment sector of professional geoscientists, and our graduates have secured positions across the world working in various sectors within the industry, finding solutions to a wide range of problems.

Career opportunities

There is a strong and continuing demand for engineering geologists. The extensive skill set and advanced knowledge you’ll learn on our Engineering Geology MSc will be highly sought after in many industries.

From surveying to consultancy and management, your technical abilities and professional acumen in this field could lead you into many different career paths in construction — and beyond.

Also, a Masters qualification is generally regarded as an essential requirement in the ground and civil engineering sectors as it significantly shortens the time in which an engineer can become chartered.


This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).

Programme Structure

You’ll take two terms of lectures (class and computer-based practical work) and laboratory classes, as well as a significant period of individual work, leading to the submission of a dissertation.

Taught modules cover the fundamental topics of the engineering geology discipline and will run over two semesters. The central modules covering ground investigating, sol mechanics and rock mechanics run across both semesters.

You’ll also take part in supervised field trips, and where opportunity allows, ground investigations and construction site visits.

From April to August you will then undertake an independent research project, often involving external collaboration.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor's degree with a 2:1 (hons) in an earth science, engineering, civil engineering, mining or a related discipline.

We require Mathematics or Physics to AS level (pass grade) or international equivalent, but this requirement can be waived on an ad-hoc basis given appropriate mathematical content of your first degree or industrial experience.

Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis where applicants can demonstrate significant relevant work experience in a relevant specialist field.

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
Living costs

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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