School of Earth and Environment
Rock formations


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

This programme is a four-year Integrated Undergraduate Masters degree that offers students the enviable opportunity to spend their third year in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA. 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 was 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.

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.

At Leeds, we recognise that employability is an increasingly important consideration for prospective undergraduates. With this in mind, flexibility of choice in our Geological Sciences degree enable our students to focus their studies towards a favoured aspect of the discipline, helping them to maximise their chances of post-graduate research or 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 MGeol - Geological Sciences at Leeds

  • Major investments in teaching facilities include our groundbreaking Earth Visualization Laboratory, all brand-new microscopes and a 3-D suite
  • A year in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand adds real value to your degree - broadening your academic horizons and demonstrating a high degree of independence, attributes that are highly valued by prospective employers.
  • This is an ideal degree for students with a professional interest in geology with research-led teaching across the whole breadth of geology; many of our graduates go on to PhD studies and research careers
  • 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)

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.  Most importantly, Leeds offers you the best-developed International Geoscience Year Abroad programme in the UK - where we led, others have followed!

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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