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  Exploration Geophysics - MSc

University of Leeds    School of Earth & Environment

Full time September MSc 1 year full time
Geology (18)

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Are you ready to explore the depths of the Earth and uncover its hidden treasures? Look no further than our Exploration Geophysics MSc programme at Leeds. This exciting and industry-focused course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a sought-after exploration geophysicist. From seismic monitoring to near-surface geophysics, you'll learn it all. With strong links to industrial partners and cutting-edge research institutes, you'll have the opportunity to work on real-world projects and gain practical experience. Our state-of-the-art facilities, including specialised equipment and industry-standard software, will enhance your learning journey. Join us and unlock a world of career opportunities in the geoscience sector.

About the course

Earth’s resources are essential for our energy future – resources like water, minerals, hydrocarbon reserves or geothermal heat, as well as natural ‘geoassets’ in which CO2 or hydrogen could be stored. Exploration geophysicists play a critical role in sourcing natural resources — and understand the full resource potential of the subsurface.

That’s why the demand will always be high in this area, with organisations worldwide seeking more sustainable solutions that exploration geophysicists could provide.

Our Exploration Geophysics MSc degree will train you in utilising physical techniques and a range of disciplines to study the Earth’s interior, including seismic, gravity, magnetic and geo-electrical methods, applied throughout marine and onshore settings.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geosciences (e.g. geology or geophysics) or in a relevant numerate subject, such as physics, mathematics, or some engineering or computing disciplines. 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.

Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field.


UK: £13,750 (Total)
International: £35,250 (Total)

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Where is University of Leeds


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Student Profile

Yasmin Roberts

Yasmin Roberts studied Exploration Geophysics MSc at the School of Earth and Environment.

Yasmin studied her Geophysics undergraduate degree at Leeds, where she had a “great experience”.

"I was already familiar with the department and its excellent teaching staff and facilities. I chose to study the course because of its great industry reputation."


Yasmin is now working as a seismic processing geophysicist at DUG, where she undertook my MSc project as an internship.

“The seismic processing module has been directly relevant for my career, but I have also found a well-rounded understanding of exploration geophysics to be especially useful. Each module emphasised how the skills learnt can be applied to the clean energy transition.”

"The breath of topics covered by the course at Leeds and excellent teaching puts you in a great position to enter a variety of geoscience careers."

Geosolutions funding

Yasmin highlights that the “funding from Geosolutions to support my studies was invaluable”.

“I was attracted to the Geosolutions funding for not only the financial support, but the help that attaining a prestigious scholarship would give to my career prospects. It was great to see funding coming from an institution which supports the application of geophysics for the clean energy transition.”

Exciting projects

Yasmin undertook a high frequency reflection full waveform inversion (FWI) imaging project.

“This used high frequency seismic data to produce high resolution models, which could be applicable to near surface imaging projects. These applications could have a crucial role in the production of clean energy, such as imaging the shallow subsurface for wind farm foundations.”

Course highlights

“It was great to use industry software for practicals throughout the course.”

"The course also provided some excellent networking opportunities, such as the PETEX conference, where I was able to meet industry professionals and discuss possible future career options."

“Leeds is also a really fun city to study in.”

Advice for future students

“If you would like a career in exploration geophysics, then this is definitely one of the best courses to do, which is highly regarded by the industry.”

"You’ll be amazed by the amount that you learn in a year from excellent teaching staff, alongside wonderful peers!"


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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