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Geological Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
The Geological Sciences BSc offers a broad and deep education in the geological processes that govern the evolution of the Earth’s surface and interior. This programme is offered by the University of Leeds.


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.

Extending this degree

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.

A top 10 university for Earth and Marine Sciences

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.

Excellent relationships with industry

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.

Enhancing your experience

We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. The School has an officer dedicated to Student experience.

Career opportunities

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

  • The Geology Pathway is the default pathway for all students upon entry. It provides a broad geological base and students who elect to continue on this pathway throughout their degree may choose freely from a wide range of modules which engage your interest.
  • The Petroleum Pathway provides focussed education in exploration geophysics, sedimentology, structural geology, and hydrocarbon resource geology; it is recommended for students intending to pursue a career in the hydrocarbons industry.
  • The Environmental Pathway provides education in aspects of environmental geology; it is recommended for students intending to pursue a career in environmental and engineering geology, or those considering working for a geoconsultancy company. You might choose modules that study the hydrological cycle, natural hazards, and waste management.
  • The Minerals Pathway focuses on aspects of geology relevant to ore position, mineral exploration and resource development; it is an ideal route for students considering a career in minerals exploration or mining geology.
Year 1

Modules include:

  • Natural Hazards
  • Geology 1
  • Geology 2
  • Geology Tutorials
  • Computing and Data Analysis
Year 2

Modules include:

  • Sedimentary Basins and Hydrocarbon Resources
  • Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology and Evolution
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Sedimentary Processes
  • Deformation Processes
  • Geology Field and Map Skills
  • Chemistry of the Earth
  • Fundamentals of Geophysics
  • Research and Career Skills
Year 3
Modules include:
  • Independent Field Projects (GS)

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A-level: AAB, including two from biology, chemistry, geology, geography or environmental studies (not both), mathematics, physics.
Offers exclude general studies. You don’t need to have a qualification in geology to study this course, as we start from first principles.
Alternative qualifications
  • Access to HE Diploma: 60 credits overall with at least 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Must be in relevant subjects.
  • BTEC: Please contact the School's Undergraduate Admissions Team for more information.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, M2
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall, with 17 points at the Higher Level, which should include two from biology, chemistry, geology, geography or environmental studies (not both), mathematics, physics
  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): AAAABB (Higher Level) + Ordinary level Maths and English
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: Advanced Highers: AAB in subjects as for A-levels. Highers: We will accept two Highers in place of a third Advanced Higher
Alternative entry

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.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Earth and Environment Undergraduate Admissions Team.
English language requirements
  • IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

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Tuition Fee

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  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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