It offers a broad and deep education in the geological processes that govern the evolution of the Earth’s surface and interior. You’ll study all the essential earth science disciplines: 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 use of geological natural resources. Specialist “pathways” allow you to develop interests in petroleum, minerals and the environment.
You’ll apply your knowledge in the real world through hands-on learning and national and international field trips.
This Geological Sciences (International) programme is offered by the University of Leeds. You’ll have access to outstanding facilities and be taught by staff at the cutting edge of research worldwide.
A year in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand can add real value to your degree, broadening your academic horizons and demonstrating a high degree of independence – attributes highly valued by prospective employers.
Your Year Abroad is fully integrated into your course, so it counts towards your final degree classification, and you take only Masters-level modules during your fourth and final year.
Leeds offers you the best-developed International Geoscience Year Abroad programme in the UK - we were the first university in the UK to introduce the fully integrated international study year abroad and we have many years’ experience of working with internationally renowned institutions in North America and Australasia. Where we led, others have followed.
Leeds is one of the Top 10 Universities in the country for Earth and Marine Sciences (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.
MGeol graduates are highly regarded by employers for their teamwork, problem solving, IT and data handling and manipulation skills, as well as for the breadth of experience that they have acquired as part of their year studying abroad. The majority of our graduates go on to successful careers in industry or with government bodies, or pursue PhD research as the first step on a career in academia.
Your employment prospects can be further enhanced by an MSc degree, and we offer a number of vocational MSc degrees in Leeds, with industry sponsored scholarships and other funds available, including funding only available to Leeds graduates.
Our graduates enjoy rewarding career opportunities within the UK and around the world in the petroleum and mining industries, civil engineering or environmental consultancy. Our strong research tradition means that our graduates are also found working as researchers in government organizations and universities around the world.
This course has been accredited by The Geological Society of London, the recognised professional body for geoscientists. Accreditation by the industry body enhances your CV and can help you stand out from the crowd.
Each year of the course includes a combination of compulsory core modules and optional modules which allow you to follow your areas of interest.
Specialist “pathways”, supported by close links with industrial partners, ensure that the education we deliver prepares you for employment in a range of geoscience careers. The first year programme is common to all our geology degrees, so there is no need to specify your intended pathway until later. From year 2 you select optional modules to follow one of four “pathways” designed to help you to acquire skills in particular areas of geology:
You will spend your third year studying abroad at one of partner universities. The marks you receive are translated to Leeds equivalents and count towards your final degree classification.
You need the following IELTS score:
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Offers exclude general studies. You don’t need to have a qualification in geology to study this course, as we start from first principles.If you do not achieve the higher grades required for this four-year programme, we guarantee you a place on the BSc programme (provided you achieve the grades required for the BSc). A successful performance during years 1 and 2 will support an application to transfer back to this Integrated Masters programme.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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