Taught course

Engineering Geology

University of Leeds · School of Earth and Environment

Entry requirements

A bachelor's degree with a 2:1 (hons) in an earth science, engineering, civil engineering, mining or a related discipline.

We require Mathematics or Physics to AS level (pass grade) or international equivalent, but this requirement can be waived on an ad-hoc basis given appropriate mathematical content of your first degree or industrial experience.

Applicants with a 2:2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis where applicants can demonstrate significant relevant work experience in a relevant specialist field.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Engineering geologists have a unique understanding of the ground and geological processes, making them crucial to all construction and infrastructure projects. Without their expertise in these processes and the potential hazards, developments risk being safe — which is why this profession will always be in high demand.

Our Engineering Geology MSc provides you with the in-depth knowledge and skills required to embark upon a rewarding career in an industry which could take you across the globe, on a wide range of exciting projects, from sustainable infrastructure design to the assessment of environmental and geological risk.

Established over 50 years ago, our Engineering Geology MSc here at Leeds has strong links with industrial partners who are actively involved in ensuring course content is up-to-date and industry-relevant.

Engineering Geology is the largest employment sector of professional geoscientists, and our graduates have secured positions across the world working in various sectors within the industry, finding solutions to a wide range of problems.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Graduate from a university ranked 23rd in the world for Earth Sciences, ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022, and Civil Engineering with an MSc that has been accredited by the Engineering Council, the Geological Society, the Joint Board of Moderators and EUR-ACE.

  • Learn the latest innovations in engineering and geology from the impactful, world-leading research conducted right here in our School of Earth and Environment and the School of Civil Engineering which feeds directly into the course.

  • Advance your knowledge and gain a grounding in the application of geological principles to a wide range of fields appropriate to ground, civil, environmental and mining engineering, taught by the School of Earth and Environment, in partnership with the School of Civil Engineering.

  • Conduct your own significant individual dissertation project, often involving organisations outside the University such as consulting engineers, civil engineering contractors and the British Geological Survey.

  • Access research-grade equipment and specialist facilities including the RMEGG laboratories and dedicated Masters computing facilities.

  • Experience excellent practical and theoretical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of geoscientists and researchers from across two different Schools who specialise in industry-relevant areas like geo-engineering innovative design and sustainable geo-structure.

  • Study in a School that has been training Engineering Geologists for over 50 years and regularly hosts the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group (Institution of Civil Engineers) and is involved with the Yorkshire Regional Group of the Geological Society.

  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have pursued careers in related positions, working for reputable companies like Jacobs Engineering Group and ARUP.

  • Master the most up-to-date practices and techniques recognised in industry on a course that has been directly informed and advised by the Industrial Advisory Committee.

Fees and funding

International Masters Excellence Scholarship

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

See website for full details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 8109