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Masters By Research

Masters By Research

Do you want to apply your geological or geophysical knowledge to help utilise the subsurface to deliver net zero targets?

Do you want to drive your own research project and get in-depth research experience?

Then this degree is for you!

Different to a taught Masters degree, this degree gives you the opportunity to perform your own research independently within one year full time, (or two years part time). At the end of your Masters by Research you will have to present a thesis, so it is the perfect spring board for a PhD programme.

Funding opportunities are also available to apply for to support your study, please see below.

This is a demanding degree and the entry requirement is a UK undergraduate honours degree 2.1 (or equivalent) or higher. It is important that applicants possess the research skills needed at the outset of the degree.

If you are interested in this type of degree, you can review the pre-defined projects on offer below or work with our academic staff to define your own project.

  • You can read more about how to apply here or via the project pages.
  • Information about fees can be found here.
  • UK/Home students undertaking a Masters by Research can apply for a government doctoral loan.
  • Funding through Geosolutions Leeds bursaries can also be applied for. Further information can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


"I decided to choose a Master’s by Research as it enabled me to explore my chosen subject extensively and gave me the freedom to focus on areas of interest, whilst managing my own study time. I had access to specialised laboratory equipment and University facilities, alongside exceptional support from my supervisors throughout the degree. I am very grateful for the opportunities this Masters has opened up for me and as I was able to develop essential research skills and focus on chosen topics and it has meant my career path has continued in similar areas of interest. I thoroughly enjoyed my time undertaking the Research Master's and believe it has equipped me with invaluable tools heading forward." 
Rebecca Morgan, Masters by Research student 2020-2021