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Exploration Geophysics - MSc

University of Leeds School of Earth & Environment

Full time September MSc 12 months full time

About the course

Geophysics is the remote study of the Earth's interior through physical techniques – principally seismology, but also applying gravity, magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic methods.

It is a key element of oil, gas and mineral exploration; environmental, cryosphere, and archaeological assessment; and engineering site investigation. Our Exploration Geophysics MSc prepares you to embark on a career in any of these industrial or academic sectors.

Running continuously for over 50 years it is very firmly established and has strong links to industry. It provides you with a broad range of practical skills, underpinned by a theoretical understanding that equips you to become a professional in your chosen field.

You will also undertake a four-month individual project, typically in association with

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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 discliplines. 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. The course is computer-intensive and we assume you have basic computer literacy including Windows and MS Office. EDCL/ICDL qualifications are not formally required, but represent the level expected.

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Student Profile(s)

Nnanna Ijioma

I graduated in December 2017, left for Nigeria in January 2018 and had a very eventful 2018. This involved job hunting, travelling, volunteering and networking; which led to my current job.

Within that time frame, I also got to present an extended abstract at the EAGE annual conference which took place in Copenhagen. This was a result of my dissertation module which involved research with IKON Science.

I currently work for Schlumberger as a Completions Field Engineer.

In a nutshell, I prepare wells for either oil/gas production or water/gas injection after they have been drilled, cased and cemented. It is done via a combination of well equipment, production tubing and other accessories to meet our client’s objectives for their respective wells. It encompasses the design, installation and maintenance of well completions.

Prior to getting a job, I came across older alumni who were very helpful in during my job hunt.

Due to the diversity, I gained the ability to interact better with people from different cultural and national backgrounds.

My presentation skills, research ability and work ethics increased exponentially due to the numerous coursework which demanded a lot of smart work, quality research and the ability to concisely convey your findings in a few slides or certain number of words.

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