Exploration Geophysics, M.Sc.

About

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

It is a key element of oil, gas and mineral exploration, environmental and archaeological assessment, and engineering site investigation.

This Exploration Geophysics course at the University of Leeds Faculty of Environment from University of Leeds 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 course 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.
  • Complete a 4 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 a scholarship – we have a large number of School and dedicated external (industry) scholarships for UK/EU applicants.

Career opportunities

Demand for geophysicists has always been high. A Masters is generally considered an appropriate level to embark on a career in resource exploration and the course at Leeds has an exceptionally good record of job placement for both UK/EU and overseas students.

Many energy, and service-sector companies target the course directly for recruitment with numerous company visits through the year. Other opportunities arise from project placements, the EAGE, or the September Open Day of project seminars and presentations, with which the programme closes.

Most students join energy or minerals companies, or geophysical acquisition, processing, interpretation or software companies.

Career prospects for students with a Masters are expected to be very good for the foreseeable future. Starting salaries are around £30,000-35,000 a year with additional benefits for working overseas and/or offshore.

Often, students have these destinations secured before the end of the course.

Graduates are, of course, equipped for success in a wide range of other disciplines and some take up related careers, such as IT or finance sector jobs or jobs with government agencies. A significant number continue to higher degrees.

Accreditation

This Master Degree in Exploration Geophysics programme at University of Leeds Faculty of Environment from University of Leeds is accredited by The Geological Society.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Exploration Geophysics: Project and Dissertation 
  • Computational Inverse Theory
  • Petrophysics and Petroleum Geology
  • Geophysical Reservoir Evaluation
  • Geophysical and Geological Field Methods and Geological Interpretation
  • Gravity and Magnetic Methods
  • Seismic Fundamentals and Acquisition
  • Seismic Data Processing
  • Seismic Reflection Interpretation and Sequence Stratigraphy

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 12 months
                • Credits
                  180 alternative credits
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus
                • More information Go to the programme website
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                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:

                  6.5

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                • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

                  176

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                  Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                • Minimum required score:

                  92

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                Academic Requirements

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: Upper Second Class

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                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 basic computer literacy including Windows and MS Office are assumed. 

                Funding

                Scholarships and financial support

                If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  

                Industry scholarships

                We appreciate that funding to undertake a postgraduate degree is a significant issue for individual students.

                Based on the course's long history of developing well qualified graduates, it has had the largest number of Masters-level geophysics industry scholarships open to UK/EU students.

                For more information, please visit programme website.

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