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.

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. At the time of formal application, the student has to have a research project description and a supervisory team in place. The Masters by Research can commence at any time of the year.

If you are interested in this type of degree, please identify a research area of interest, and/or review the project ideas listed below, and approach the academic lead named on the project idea or contact us to outline your own project idea. We can help to find a suitable supervisor for you.

  • You can read more about how to apply here.
  • Information about fees can be found here.
  • UK/Home students undertaking a Masters by Research can apply for a government doctoral loan.

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Bursary available for a UK/Home Student (2022 start)

Through generous funding from the Institute of Applied Geoscience and the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds), we are able to offer one bursary for UK/Home student to undertake a Masters by Research.

The bursary will cover the fees only for one year (or two years as a part time student). Please note, the bursary will not cover any living expenses and requires a start date before the end of October 2022.

To complete the bursary form, click here. The deadline for applications is 5pm (BST) 30th April 2022, and applicants must have submitted a complete study application for an eligible School of Earth and Environment Masters by Research degree, as outlined below in the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility to apply:
a) Applicants must have submitted a complete study application for an eligible School of Earth and Environment Masters by Research degree, and their study is required to start before the end of October 2022. The study application needs to include a copy of your transcript (or marks to date); a CV which shows your A Level results and any relevant work experience including internships; and a supporting statement.
b) Applicants should hold, or should expect to achieve, a good UK upper second class Bachelor degree or better
c) Funding would not normally be awarded to an applicant obtaining, or predicted to obtain, less than 65% (or equivalent) in their undergraduate degree unless there are significant additional factors such as extensive relevant work experience.
d) Applicant must be a UK citizen.

Please follow the guidance above – you must identify a research area of interest, and/or review the project ideas listed below, and approach the academic lead named on the project idea or contact us to outline your own project idea. We can help to find a suitable supervisor for you.