Taught course

Exploration Geophysics

University of Leeds · School of Earth and Environment

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geosciences (e.g. geology or geophysics) or in a relevant numerate subject, such as physics, mathematics, or some engineering or computing disciplines. Relevant and extensive industry experience can also be taken into account.

You must have mathematics to a good A-level grade (or equivalent) as a minimum. Your mathematical competence will be assessed prior to joining and additional training may be required. The course is computer-intensive and we assume you have basic computer literacy, including Windows and MS Office. EDCL/ICDL qualifications are not formally required, but represent the level expected. Familiarity with Linux would also be advantageous, as it forms the platform for much of the workstation-based training.

Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

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

Months of entry


Course content

Earth’s resources are essential for our energy future – resources like water, minerals, hydrocarbon reserves or geothermal heat, as well as natural ‘geoassets’ in which CO2 or hydrogen could be stored. Exploration geophysicists play a critical role in sourcing natural resources — and understand the full resource potential of the subsurface.

That’s why the demand will always be high in this area, with organisations worldwide seeking more sustainable solutions that exploration geophysicists could provide.

Our Exploration Geophysics MSc degree will train you in utilising physical techniques and a range of disciplines to study the Earth’s interior, including seismic, gravity, magnetic and geo-electrical methods, applied throughout marine and onshore settings.

Established for over 50 years, our Exploration Geophysics MSc here at Leeds has strong links with industrial partners, global research institutes and the new Leeds Geosolutions Centre, each combining to support the application of geoscience expertise in the latest innovations in industry.

Our industry-relevant modules will equip you with the theoretical understanding and specialist skill set you’ll need to pursue a career in this exciting profession.

Why study at Leeds:

  • This Masters degree is accredited by The Geological Society of London.
  • Our active and globally-renowned research conducted right here on campus feeds directly into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking in the most pressing challenges in geoscience.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in key areas like seismic monitoring, near-surface geophysics, petrophysics, potential field techniques and geological processes.
  • Conduct an individual research project that focuses on a genuine research challenge tailored to suit your interests and, often, in close collaboration with external partners, with the potential to undertake a subsidised internship.
  • Access specialist facilities including geophysical survey equipment, industry-standard software packages and a dedicated computer cluster.
  • Build a network of professional contacts through our weekly seminars from geoscience practitioners, from a range of international industries and research institutes.
  • Experience expert practical and theoretical teaching, delivered by a programme team made up of geoscientists from the School’s Institute of Applied Geoscience and Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Interim awards of PGCert or PGDip possible for subsets of modules.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 8109