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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements * English language requirements: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University’s minimum English language requirement is a TOEFL score (paper-based test) of at least 550 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English TWE or 220 with 4.0 on essay writing (computer based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing. * Academic entry requirements: The course is designed for graduates from the fields of Geological and/or Geophysical Sciences, Physics, Maths, Mining and Environmental Sciences. A first or second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent is required and it is preferred if candidates have attended a first year University mathematics course.
  • Academic Title
    Exploration Geophysics MSc/PGDip
  • Course description
    This one-year course is designed to provide students with specialist training into all aspects of applied geophysics from acquisition through processing to interpretation, from the basic physical principles through practical applications to the state-of-the-art technical geophysical innovations. The traditional thrust of the course has been towards hydrocarbon industry though it is noted for its broad base and provides excellent training for the mineral and engineering/environmental industries. It has a near-100% success rate in the job placement after the course.

    The School of Earth and Environment provides a stimulating learning experience for students of earth, environmental science and environmental management. Our research was rated as grade 5 in the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. We have over 80 academic staff in the school covering a wide variety of research which is undertaken by four institutes within the School.

        * Sustainability Research Institute is dedicated to the development and application of interdisciplinary environmental analysis in realisation of the principles of sustainable development:
        * Institute of Atmospheric Science is dedicated to understanding the physical and chemical processes that govern the behaviour of Earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric processes are investigated using numerical models and field and laboratory experiments from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere.
        * Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of the Earth and neighbouring planets. Detection and measurement of resources in the crustal layer and understanding of geological hazard; measurement of gravity, magnetism, seismic waves and electrical properties, theoretical and computer modelling, and surface structural mapping.
        * Institute for Geological Sciences researches the physical, biological and geochemical processes to understand controls on the modern environment (both land and sea) and how man is affecting that system.

    What you study

    Field Classes

        * Fieldwork is undertaken in North Wales, where seismic, ground-penetrating radar, and electrical techniques are used. Surveying using gravity and magnetics methods is carried out in the North York Moors and other local sites. A trip to the North Yorkshire Coast provides geological fieldwork knowledge. The results of these surveys are processed, interpreted and written up during the laboratory practicals. A visit to a working seismic crew and/or seismic processing company is usually organised. All scholarship-funded students attend the annual EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers) conference, at a venue in Europe. The Department has its own thriving consultancy companies for gravity and magnetics (GETECH), and structural geology (RDR) both of whom contribute to teaching the MSc.

    Project Work

        * From April or May until the second week in September each student is required to undertake an individual project chosen from a wide range of geophysical topics, with the opportunity for extended field, laboratory and/or computer work. These projects involve planning, data acquisition, processing, interpretation and report writing. A large number of the projects are collaborative work with industrial partners on topics of mutual interest. Sometimes the student is seconded to the partners office for the summer. Project results are presented on display boards and as seminars to industrial collaborators in late September. The best project report each year is considered for the GETECH prize.

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