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MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics

Programme code:MSC-SGEOL/GPUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Emma Bramham Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- An Upper Second class honours degree or better in geological, geophysical, environmental geology, mining or related discipline. Mathematics to A-level is preferred, although AS level (grade A-C) is accepted.

- Lower qualifications may be considered on an ad hoc basis supported by relevant experience. Equivalent overseas qualifications are eligible also.

- Entrants may have to take an entrance exam.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Earth Sciences, (ES3)

Programme specification:

The programme will allow students to:

- develop a broad range of knowledge in order to allow professional practice in subsurface structural geology, in either an academic or industrial context
- be trained in relevant field and desk-based techniques for the practice of structural geology and geophysics
- develop knowledge, appreciation and critical analysis of geological context to the application of seismic methods
- gain an in-depth knowledge of seismic and structural methods
- develop numeracy skills essential to the professional practice of geoscience
- develop teamwork and professional skills essential to successful project completion in a professional geoscience setting.

The strengths of the degree programme include:

a) a learning experience within an environment of active nationally and internationall recognised research
b) developed multi-disciplinary links within the School
c) strong links with industry allowing participation by industry in class-based teaching
d) extensive participation by industry in the provision of MSc dissertation projects
e) extensive availability of industry-standard software for both taught-course and project work
f) industrially-funded scholarships for UK and EC students.

In order to progress to project upon completion of their taught modules in Semester 2 students must have a pass at 50% or above in a minimum of 90 credits and an overall credit weighted average of at least 50% and normally no module marks can be below 40%. Students who do not meet these criteria will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their re-sits the student has passed sufficient credits to allow them to potentially achieve an MSc, they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity - this is usually in the next academic year.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits to progress to project after their re-sits, or they do not wish to continue to their project, they will be awarded either a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate dependent on the award criteria for their programme.

For the Award of an MSc, 150 credits must be accrued by successful completion of modules, and modules constituting the remaining 30 or less credits must be awarded marks of 40 or better. Ninety (90) credits credits must be accrued by successful completion of modules for the Award of a PGDip; sixty (60) credits are required for the Award of a PGCert.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5111MStructural Geology Independent Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
SOEE5157MApplied Geophysical Methods15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5174MIntegrated Sub Surface Analysis30 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5723MSeismic Interpretation and Applied Structural Models20 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5733MGeomechanics10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5752MApplied Geodynamics and Basin Evolution15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5763M3D Structure: Techniques and Visualisation15 creditsSemester 1

- Any candidate who has successfully completed any module(s) above whilst previously registered on any other University of Leeds degree scheme is not allowed to re-take it/them.
- Instead, students will accrue the same number of credits by taking any alternative Level 5 module from this list (or any other Level 5 module in the University, subject to the agreement of the Programme Manager and timetabling feasibility).

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following modules:

SOEE5132MReservoir Structural Geology and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity of Basins15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5661MOre Deposits and their Structural Controls15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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