This course has been set up in response to a skills shortage in hydrogeology within the UK and abroad. As distinctive features, the course at Leeds offers grounding in modelling using software commonly in industry, the behaviour of fractured aquifers, and the geochemistry of groundwater pollutants and their remediation.
This course is designed to give a thorough grounding in theoretical physical and chemical aspects of water in the subsurface, complemented by training in hydrogeological field and numerical modelling techniques. The course is aimed at preparing students for a career in environmental consultancies, the environmental agency or water companies.
The course consists of core modules in hydrogeology, aquifer testing and contaminant processes, geochemistry of groundwater, field and laboratory skills and numerical groundwater modelling. Three options include hydrology, geophysics and environmental management. Students undertake a 3 month independent project which may include placements with industry or be linked with current research projects in the school.
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
The course consists of a series of core modules (80 credits), a choice of three options (40 credits), and an independent research project (60 credits). Assessment is by a combination of course work, assignments (independent and group) and examinations.
You will be taught through lectures, practical classes, and field classes. Practical classes include computer based work and groundwater modelling using software in use in the industry. Field classes include visits to E. Yorkshire and the coast, the Dales, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
Students undertake a 3 month independent project from April to September. These projects may be linked to current research projects in the school or may include placements with the Environment Agency, water companies, or environmental and engineering consultancies. These projects will include planning, data collection, data processing and interpretation and dissertation writing and may also include field work and computer modelling.