School of Earth and Environment
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Overview

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

The Geophysical Sciences degree at Leeds draws on the expertise and active research of one of the UK’s largest teams of academic geophysicists. During your degree you will study modules covering all aspects of geophysics such as exploration for hydrocarbons and mineral deposits, monitoring natural hazards, investigating the interior of the Earth and other planets, and measuring the movement and deformation of the Earth's tectonic plates.

In addition to its broad range of geophysics content, the Leeds degree stresses analytic and numeracy skills that are highly valued by geophysics companies, research institutions, and also financial and government departments. 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 Geophysics at Leeds

  • Major investments in teaching facilities include our ground-breaking Earth Visualization Laboratory, computer cluster, and a wide range of geophysical field equipment.
  • On our excellent fieldwork programme the School covers the costs of accommodation and travel for all of your compulsory and short optional field classes.
  • Final year dissertations are often drawn directly from the research activities of staff members and through them you may contribute to scientific papers and conference presentations.  
  • 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.

About Us

The School of Earth and Environment is one of the largest and most vibrant Schools in the country. Leeds is the only university that has brought the complete range of geosciences and environmental disciplines together under one banner, from strongly science-based Geology, Geophysics and Meteorology through Environmental Science, to Environmental Social Science.

Our £23.5 million building, opened in April 2010, 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 international research, and who incorporate this expertise into their teaching. More information on our approach to learning and teaching can be found here.

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