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MSc Exploration Geophysics

  • Full time available
  • UK/EU £9,500 International £23,250
  • September
  • 12 months full time
  • MSc

Course Description


Geophysics is the remote study of the Earth through physical techniques – principally analysing seismic data, but also applying gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic, and electrical methods. It is a key element of oil, gas and mineral exploration, environmental and archaeological assessment, and engineering site investigation.

This course prepares you to embark on a career in resource exploration, environmental and engineering geophysics. Running for over 50 years it is well-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, mostly in association with an external company or institute and often in their offices.

Demand for geophysicists continues to be high and this well-established programme has an exceptionally good record of job placement for both UK/EU and overseas students.

Course highlights:

• Network with energy, geophysical acquisition, processing and software companies, who visit regularly to engage and recruit our students.
• Undertake a four-month individual project, mostly in association with an external company or institute and often in their offices.
• Access our state-of-the-art computer suite that runs a comprehensive range of industry-standard software on hi-spec twin-screen workstations.
• Develop your field skills with our sector-leading portfolio of field geophysical equipment.
• Apply for an industry scholarships - we have the largest number of Masters-level geophysics industry scholarships available for UK/EU students.

Visit the MSc Exploration Geophysics page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Student Profiles

Earth Science Industrial UK/EU Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Thanks to our long history of turning out well qualified and highly employable graduates, the School of Earth and Environment attracts a number of companies offering scholarships for UK/EU students, on the following courses:• MSc Exploration Geophysics
• MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics
• MSc Engineering Geology.The awards vary and can cover some or all of the tuition fee, maintenance/living costs and conference/project expenses.Past sponsors have included: Apache North Sea, BG Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhilips, ION GX Technology, Maersk, Nexen Inc, Shell, TGS and TOTAL.. ConocoPhilips, Maersk, BP, Midland Valley, RDR and Shell. Atkins, CH2M-Hill (Halcrow), Mott MacDonald, URS and Wardell Armstrong.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a UK and EU citizen and should have submitted a complete application for one of the eligible programmes. You must also be predicted to achieve, or have already been awarded, an upper-second class degree or better in a relevant subject to go forward for scholarship consideration.

Application Procedure

Please submit a completed School of Earth and Environment Scholarship application by email to [email protected] by the deadline.An automated email response will confirm receipt of the scholarship application. No further correspondence will be sent until the shortlisted applicants are invited to an Interview Day at the School of Earth and Environment. Interview days will be held on:• Exploration Geophysics Monday 7th March 2016
• Structural Geology with Geophysics Thursday 3rd March 2016
• Engineering Geology Thursday 21st April 2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in geosciences (eg geology or geophysics) or a numerate discipline, such as physics or mathematics, although relevant and extensive industry experience can also be taken into account. Applicants should have mathematics to a good A-level grade (or equivalent) as a minimum. 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. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Last Updated

30 November 2016

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