School of Earth and Environment

Industry Scholarships

Thanks to our long history of turning out well qualified and highly employable graduates, the School attracts a number of companies offering scholarships for UK/EU students undertaking one of the following MSc programmes;

  • MSc Exploration Geophysics
  • MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics
  • MSc Engineering Geology

Who is eligible - UK and EU applicants must have submitted a complete application for one of the above programmes.  You must also be predicted to achieve, or have already been awarded, an upper-second class degree or better in a relevant subject to go forward for scholarship consideration.

How to apply - After submitting a complete application for your chosen course, you will need to complete and submit an Industry Scholarship application form. Download the form here.

What do the scholarships cover - The awards vary and can cover some or all of the tuition fee, maintenance/living costs and conference/project expenses.

Who will be invited to the interview day - Initial shortlisting will take place in-house soon after the closing deadlines featured below.  In order to shortlist we will consider the following documents submitted with the online study application; degree classification (or 'marks to date' for those yet to complete their first degree), references, CV and statement of motivation.

How are the sponsorships awarded (post interview day)- The following information/documents will be taken into consideration; interview notes, transcript of marks, references and CV.

**Unsuccessful applicants for the MSc Exploration Geophysics or MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics industry scholarship programmes, who are not in receipt of any other source of funding will be automatically considered for a Petroleum Leeds Scholarship, worth £5,000 (one award for each programme).**

Application deadlines and Interview Day dates:


Funding Application Deadline

Interview Dates

Exploration Geophysics

20th February 2017

24th March 2017

Structural Geology with Geophysics

20th February 2017

20th March 2017

Engineering Geology

24th March 2017

21st April 2017


Our programme sponsors - Past sponsors have included:

  • MSc Exploration Geophysics – Apache North Sea, BG Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhilips, ION GX Technology, Maersk, Nexen Inc, Shell, TGS, TOTAL and the David Marsden Alumnus Award.
  • MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics – ConocoPhilips, Maersk, BP, Midland Valley, RDR and Shell.
  • MSc Engineering Geology – Atkins, CH2M-Hill (Halcrow), Mott MacDonald, URS and Wardell Armstrong.

About the Interview Days - Content of these events may vary but usually includes;

  • Introductions to key staff associated with the MSc
  • Programme overview
  • An industry perspective
  • Career Development Opportunities
  • Data Demonstration and/or tour of associated facilities
  • Informal discussions with staff and current MSc students
  • Individual interviews with programme staff and/or industry representatives 
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