The Geological Sciences 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.
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.
You'll have access to outstanding facilities and be taught by staff at the cutting edge of research worldwide.
A year in the Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA 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 3rd in the UK and in the Top 20 in the World for Earth Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
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.
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.
An accredited degree is the first step to becoming a Chartered Geologist, an increasingly important professional qualification.
'I studied a wide range of subjects at Leeds which has given me a very solid geological knowledge base. This has helped me endlessly in my job as you never know when you will need to call upon it.' Read more Lisa Hart, MGeol Geological Sciences
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.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: A*AA 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.
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.
We recognise that employability is an increasingly important consideration for prospective undergraduates. With this in mind, pathways through our Geological Sciences degree enable you to focus your studies towards a favoured aspect of the discipline, helping you to maximise your chances of employment in major geoscience sectors. All years of study include a strong emphasis on applying your knowledge in the real world through practical hands-on learning and field trips, with a mix of national and international destinations.
The School of Earth and Environment is committed to enhancing employability and offers a range of initiatives to ensure our students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies. Read about careers and employability on the School website.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
'The year abroad helped me appreciate the breadth and depth of study at Leeds and gave me a great grounding for my career.' Read more Ruth Fain, MGeol Geological Sciences
Study abroad and work placements
The School of Earth and Environment at Leeds was the first Department in the UK to offer integrated degrees with a year in North America and we extended the scope of this highly successful programme by offering additional partner institutions in worldwide. Spending a year abroad is not only an adventure, it is a chance to add real value to your degree by experiencing geological settings that simply don't exist within the UK.
Exchange Universities for Geological Sciences (International) MGeol, BSc programme currently include:
Victoria University, Wellington (New Zealand)
Academic staff members and the University's Study Abroad Office will offer you their guidance and help as you prepare for your year abroad. You also retain the option to change to the three-year BSc Geological Sciences programme at any stage during your first two years of study should you decide not to pursue this option.
'By going to America I was able to visit some amazing geology and scenery - crater lakes, volcanoes, hot springs in the snow, and Yellowstone.' Read more Ruth Fain, MGeol Geological Sciences
Fieldwork will be an essential element of your degree, and is one of the most enjoyable and sociable parts of the course for students and staff alike. The Geology programme at Leeds includes a variety of field course destinations in the UK and abroad. The Leeds degree includes residential field trips in every year, during which you will learn basic field and geological mapping skills, study sedimentary metamorphic and structural processes, and investigate natural resource, hazard and geo-environmental issues. Your field training culminates in a six week independent mapping project in a location chosen from areas such as the Isle of Skye, the Peak District, the Cornish coast, the Alps, the Pyrenees, the West Coast of Ireland, and Greece.
Because we recognise the value of field experience the school heavily subsidises or covers the transport and accommodation costs for all compulsory taught fieldcourses and many optional field trips, we also contribute to the cost of your independent mapping project.
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