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Geological Sciences (International), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
The Geological Sciences (International) MGeol, BSc is a four-year Integrated Masters degree with a year spent in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA, experiencing geological settings that don’t exist in the UK. This programme is offered by the University of Leeds.


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.

The year abroad

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.

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 (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

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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:

  • The Geology Pathway provides a broad geological base and if you continue on this pathway throughout your degree you can choose freely from a wide range of modules.
  • The Petroleum Pathway provides focused 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.

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.

Year 1- Compulsory modules:
  • Natural Hazards
  • Geology 1
  • Geology 2
  • Geology Tutorials
  • Computing and Data Analysis
Optional modules may include:
  • Vertebrate Evolution
  • Gold and Precious Metals
  • The Atmosphere of Planet Earth
  • Introductory Chemistry for Earth and Environmental Scientists
  • Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Scientists
  • Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists
  • Advanced Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists
Year 2- Compulsory modules:
  • 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
Optional modules may include:
  • Gemstones
  • Explosive Volcanism
  • Introductory Oceanography
  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Contaminated Land Studies: Integrating Business Skills and Science in Consultancy
  • Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists
  • Advanced Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists
Year 3
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. The topics you study will depend upon your interests and your choice of destination. Staff at Leeds will help you choose which destination and classes are right for you.
Year 4- Compulsory modules
  • MGeol Independent Field Projects (Geological Sciences)
  • MGeol Independent Project
Optional modules may include:
  • Easter Field Class (Geological Science)
  • Field Class: Petroleum Reservoir Architectures
  • Geology and Mineral Exploration in Northern Ireland
  • Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics
  • Past Environmental Global Systems
  • Mountain Belt Processes
  • Advanced Sedimentology and its Applications
  • Advances in Palaeontology
  • Ore Deposits and their Exploitation
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Volcanic Processes
  • Petroleum Systems Case Studies

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A-level: A*AAincluding 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.

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.
Alternative qualifications
  • BTEC: Please contact the School's Undergraduate Admissions Team for more information.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall, with 19 points at the Higher Level, which will ideally include two from biology, chemistry, geology, geography or environmental studies (not both), mathematics, physics.
  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): AAAAAA (Higher Level) + Ordinary Level Maths and English
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: Advanced Highers: AAA in subjects as for A-levels. Highers: We will accept two Highers in place of a third Advanced Higher.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Alternative entry
  • Access to Leeds Entry Requirements for this course: AAB
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. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
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.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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