School of Earth and Environment
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This information is for courses starting in September 2016, if you are applying for September 2017 please visit the University’s Course Listings.

The Geological Sciences degree at Leeds draws on the expertise and active research of our large team of academics to provide you with a broad and deep education of the geological processes that govern the evolution of the Earth’s surface and interior. On this programme you will study modules that covers all the essential earth science disciplines: the 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 the use of geological natural resources. Importantly, a qualification in geology is not a requirement for acceptance onto this course, as we start from first principles.

At Leeds, 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.

Reasons to study Geology at Leeds

  • Major investments in teaching facilities include our groundbreaking Earth Visualization Laboratory, all brand-new microscopes and a 3-D suite
  • Flexible pathways through our degrees develop interests in petroleum, minerals and the environment
  • On our excellent fieldwork programme the School covers the costs of accommodation and travel for all of your compulsory field classes and most of the cost of optional trips and project work.
  • 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 programme content.
  • Your degree will be accredited by the Geological Society of London, the recognised professional body for geoscientists.  An accredited degree is the first step to becoming a Chartered Geologist, which is an increasingly important professional qualification.
  • Leeds is one of the Top 10 Universities in the country for Earth and Marine Sciences (Guardian League Table 2016)

Our four-year degree options include a Study Year Abroad and Year in Industry that add real value to your degree. You can choose these options directly through UCAS; see the Year in Industry tab (above) and the Other Courses of Interest links (below) for more information and the appropriate UCAS code.

Why Us?

If you choose to study in the Leeds School of Earth and Environment you will join one of the largest and most vibrant Schools in the country. Leeds is the only university that has brought the complete range of geoscience and environmental disciplines together under one banner, from strongly science-based Geology, Geophysics and Meteorology via Sustainability or Environmental Science, to Environmental Social Science.

Our £23.5 million building opened in April 2010 and boasts state-of-the-art facilities for both teaching and research. Because Leeds is a research-intensive Russell Group University, you are guaranteed to interact with staff who are at the cutting edge of research world-wide, and who will incorporate this expertise into their teaching.  More information on our approach to learning and teaching can be found here.

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