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University of Leeds: Exploration Geophysics

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Earth and Environment
Telephone 0113 343 8109
Study type Taught


Our Exploration Geophysics MSc degree will train you in understanding the resource potential of the subsurface. Geophysics uses physical techniques to study the Earth’s interior using range of disciplines, including seismic, gravity, magnetic and geo-electrical methods, applied throughout marine and onshore settings. Earth resources are essential for our energy future – they include water, minerals, hydrocarbon reserves or geothermal heat, but also include natural ‘geoassets’ in which CO2 or hydrogen could be stored.

The crucial need for exploration geophysicists puts you in high demand with employers when you graduate from this course.

Established for over 50 years, Exploration Geophysics MSc has strong links with industrial partners, global research institutes and the new Leeds Geosolutions Centre, each combining to support the application of geoscience expertise in the latest innovations in industry.

Our industry-relevant modules will equip you with the theoretical understanding and specialist skill set you’ll need to pursue a career in this exciting profession.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Graduate with an MSc accredited by the Geological Society from a university ranked 23rd in the world for Earth Sciences, ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022, and in the top 50 in the world for geophysics, QS World University Rankings 2022.

  • Learn the most urgent issues in geoscience from the active and world-leading research conducted right here in our School of Earth and Environment, which feeds directly into the course.

  • Advance your knowledge and skills in key areas like seismic monitoring, near-surface geophysics, petrophysics, potential field techniques and geological processes.

  • Undertake an individual research project that focuses on a genuine research challenge. This is tailored to suit your interests and is often conducted in close collaboration with external partners, with the potential to undertake a subsidised internship.

  • Access specialist facilities including geophysical survey equipment, industry-standard software packages and a dedicated computer cluster.

  • Build a network of professional contacts through our weekly seminars from geoscience practitioners, from a range of international industries and research institutes.

  • Experience expert practical and theoretical teaching, delivered by a programme team made up of geoscientists from the School’s Institute of Applied Geoscience and Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics.

  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have pursued careers in related positions throughout professional and academic geoscience.


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