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  Engineering Geology - MSc

University of Leeds    School of Earth & Environment

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Geography (17) Geology (18)

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Are you fascinated by the ground beneath our feet and the geological processes that shape it? If so, our Engineering Geology MSc programme at Leeds could be the perfect fit for you. With a strong emphasis on practical and theoretical teaching, you'll gain in-depth knowledge and skills in applying geological principles to various fields such as civil, environmental, and mining engineering. Our programme has strong links with industry partners, ensuring that you learn the latest innovations in engineering and geology. With excellent facilities and the opportunity to conduct your own dissertation project, you'll be well-prepared for a rewarding career in this high-demand profession. Entry requirements include a 2:1 bachelor's degree in a related discipline, with flexibility for those with relevant work experience.

About the course

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 not 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.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor 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.


UK: £13,500 (Total)
International: £31,000 (Total)

 Course Content

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Leeds


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Student Profile

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Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course at the University of Leeds?

The well-structured curriculum has kept the course highly recognised and relevant within the industry.

The course has been designed to equip graduates with in-depth technical skills and the school has maintained close relationships with companies to ask for advice to keep the course up to date by revising the curriculum in order to ensure graduates meet the standards and quality expected by employers. This undoubtedly has enhanced the employability of students and helped them to be competent enough to solve the challenges faced in the workplace.

What was the best aspect of the course and studying at the University? What were your highlights?

A big merit was the practical assignments based on real case examples, including the bridge-crossing assessment, pumping test interpretation, contaminated land assessment, rock cavern design, lab data analyses, etc.

These assignments allowed students to get involved more easily and provided a better imagination and visualisation of the problems. The debriefings or feedback sections of these assignments were especially useful with lecturers pointing out common problems or mistakes faced by practitioners in the sector.

The field trip to Cyprus was another highlight which let students apply knowledge learnt throughout the semesters to the problems on site. Moreover, students had the access to a large variety of the latest software, including gINT, ArcGIS and Rocscience tools etc., which are commonly used in the industry.

The University’s Careers Centre was a truly useful platform which arranged advisory services, resume and cover letter checking and mock interviews. Mock interviews were particularly helpful as the interviewers commonly had working experience in the same or related industry and knew the background and usual practice of different employers.

What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds or thinking about the same career?

All the aforementioned are what is offered by the School but whether or not you can make use of this platform to transform yourself depends on your own efforts.

It will be a challenging yet fruitful and enjoyable year. After a year, when you look back, you will then realise how much you have gained. I hope you can enjoy the time in Leeds like I did.


Year of entry: 2023-24

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% tuition fee reduction


International applicants. See eligibility criteria for details.

Application Procedure

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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