University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Structural Geology with Geophysics

This programme is the only applied structural geology Master's in the UK. It provides advanced training in the practical application of structural geology, preparing you either for employment in the hydrocarbon or mining industries or for postgraduate study (PhD). You will gain a skill set combining advanced structural techniques and interpreting seismic data, an understanding of structural systems in time and space, and an appreciation of both the geological and geophysical constraints of seismic interpretation and model building. This will allow you to use a combination of structural and geophysical techniques to solve geological problems. As a capable seismic interpreter you'll be able to contribute in an industry role from day 1. Our teaching is research led, with direct links to active applied research. You will be taught by a range of research and industry experts, as well as through industry-led workshops. Strong industry links are a feature of this programme.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree with a 2.1 (Honours) or above in a geological, geophysical, environmental geology, mining or related subject. Mathematics to A-level is also preferred, although GSCE level is accepted. Lower qualifications and non-standard geology degrees may be considered on an ad-hoc basis, supported by relevant experience. Applicants may have to take an entrance exam. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Course modules

Modules include: 3D structure (techniques and visualisation); applied structural models; geomechanics and fault modelling; applied geodynamics and basin evolution; integrated subsurface analysis; structural geology project and dissertation. Hydrocarbon option: Reservoir structural geology; hydrocarbon prospectively of basins. Mining option: Ore deposits and their structural controls.

Assessment methods

Given the variety of learning outcomes and teaching methods, assessments differ between modules but generally consist of a combination of presentations, assessed practicals and/or formal examinations.

Sponsorship information

Based on the programme's long history of turning out well qualified graduates, we have strong company links which typically offer a number of studentships available for UK/EU students (full and partial awards). Applications must be received by Thursday 11th February 2016. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview day, usually held on Thursday 3rd March 2016. Petroleum Leeds scholarships worth £5,000 are available. You cannot apply directly for this scholarship but you will be automatically considered if you have applied for an Industry scholarship.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 22,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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