You’ll study all the essential earth science disciplines: the sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic origins of rocks and minerals; the evolution of life on earth; plate tectonics and the structural deformation of rocks; earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and other natural hazards; geological mapping and fieldwork; and the use of geological natural resources. Specialist “pathways” allow you to develop interests in petroleum, minerals and the environment.
There's a strong emphasis on applying your knowledge in the real world through practical hands-on learning and field trips, in national and international destinations.
This Geological Sciences programme is offered by the University of Leeds. You’ll be taught by staff at the cutting edge of research worldwide and you’ll have access to outstanding facilities.
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement or overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. Read "Study abroad and work placements".
We also offer an Integrated Masters (combining bachelor and Masters level study), where you spend a year studying abroad at a partner university and return to Leeds to study Masters-level modules in your final year.
Leeds is one of the Top 10 Universities in the country for Earth and Marine Sciences (The Guardian League Table 2016).
If you study in our School of Earth and Environment you’ll join one of the largest and most vibrant schools in the country. We are one of the only universities that has brought together the complete range of geoscience and environmental disciplines under one banner.
We attract industry sponsorship and maintain excellent relationships with major companies in the sector, such as BP and GETECH. Their developing commercial requirements inform and influence the development of our course content.
We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. The School has an officer dedicated to Student experience.
Geology graduates are highly regarded by employers for their skills in teamwork, problem solving, IT and data handling and manipulation.
Studying Geology at Leeds opens the door to a wide range of careers. The solid scientific basis of your course and the fieldwork involved gives your degree a high value in a number of employment sectors. Oil and mineral industries are the traditional employers for geologists, but you’ll also find career opportunities in new and expanding areas of engineering and environmental protection. The transferable skills that you acquire throughout your degree will help you in many employment sectors.
Your employment prospects can be further enhanced by an MSc degree, and we offer a number of related, vocational MSc degrees in Leeds, with industry sponsored scholarships and other funds available, including funding only available to Leeds graduates.
This course has been accredited by The Geological Society of London, the recognised professional body for geoscientists.
You can apply until:
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Each year of the Geology programme is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules. In addition to these, you may take optional modules (chosen from a list of alternatives) in order to allow you to follow your areas of interest. You may choose to go abroad or into an industrial placement at the end of Year 2, returning to campus to complete your final year of study.
Optional Modules in your final year can be selected to follow one of four 'pathways' designed to help you to acquire skills in particular areas of geology. Specialist pathways, supported by close links with industrial partners, ensure that the education we deliver prepares our students for employment in a range of geoscience careers.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.
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We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.