The University of Leeds is working with the Mexican National Ministry for Science and Technology (CONACyT) to support Mexican Masters and PhD students in energy-related subjects as part of a consortium, which also includes Durham University.

View our research degrees fees or find our Masters fees on our Coursefinder pages. The University of Leeds has an agreement with CONACyT to offer a 30% discount on the tuition fees. CONACyT will pay the remaining 70%, plus a monthly stipend. For more information about the scholarship and the deadlines, please visit the CONACyT website.

Prospective students from Mexico will have the opportunity to gain a taste of Masters or PhD study at Leeds, via a summer school. CONACyT funds student participation in the summer school. Participation in the summer school is not a mandatory requirement. 

The areas that the agreement will cover are:

Faculty of Engineering: Chemical and Process Engineering (SCaPE), Civil Engineering (CIVIL), Electronic and Electrical Engineering (ELEC), Mechanical Engineering (MECH)

    Faculty of Environment: School of Earth and Environment (SEE),

    Centre for Integrated Energy Research (CIER). This centre provides overall co-ordination for the programme.

      Energy at Leeds

      The University is a leader in energy research and development and offers high quality Masters and PhD study in many energy-related subjects.

      Energy research at Leeds includes:

      • energy technologies
      • energy economics
      • energy policy
      • energy whole systems — both engineering whole systems and broader whole systems, integrating all of the above

      We work with many prestigious partners including PEMEX, GE, Total, BP, Petrobras and Shell. Find out more about Energy at Leeds

      Which programmes can I apply for?

      CONACyT requires the list to be split into hydrocarbons and sustainability and some cross-cutting programmes appear on both lists. The code listed next to the subject indicates which school the programme is taught in.

      Masters programmes


      Energy and Environment — SCaPE
      Exploration Geophysics — SEE
      Fire and Explosion Engineering — SCaPE
      Oilfield Corrosion Engineering — MECH
      Petroleum Exploration (joint programme with Jacobs University) — SEE
      Petroleum Geology and Geophysics (2 year programme, with limited entry) — SEE
      Petroleum Production Engineering — SCaPE
      Structural Geology with Geophysics — SEE


      Climate Change and Environmental Policy — SEE
      Ecological Economics — SEE
      Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems — ELEC
      Energy and Environment — SCaPE
      Environmental Engineering and Project Management — CIVIL
      Fire and Explosion Engineering — SCaPE
      Sustainability and Business — SEE
      Sustainability and Consultancy — SEE
      Sustainability in Transport — Institute for Transport Studies, ITS
      Sustainable Energy Systems — SCaPE

      PhD programmes


      Advanced petroleum fuels — MECH, SCaPE
      Carbon capture, transport, utilisation and storage for fossil power plant — CIVIL, CIER, MECH, SCaPE, SEE
      Clean fossil power — SCaPE
      Coal science and engineering — SCaPE
      Combustion of fossil fuels, from fundamentals to end applications — MECH, SCaPE, (ELEC for instrumentation)
      Computational fluid dynamics aspects of fossil energy — MECH, SCaPE
      Design aspects of fossil energy — SCaPE
      Emissions and air quality implications of fossil energy — SCaPE
      Energy economics and techno-economics of fossil energy — CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      Energy efficiency in fossil powered systems — SCaPE
      Energy and ICT for fossil energy applications — CIER, ELEC, MECH
      Energy system integration for fossil energy applications — CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      Fire and explosion — MECH, SCaPE
      Fossil energy infrastructure — CIVIL
      Fossil energy modelling and simulation — CIER, SCaPE
      Fossil energy policy — CIER, SEE
      Fossil energy resilience — CIVIL

      Fossil energy whole systems and other crosscutting topics

      Engineering whole systems — CIER, SCaPE
      Interdisciplinary whole systems — CIER, SCaPE, SEE

      Fossil energy in surface and air transport — CIER, SCaPE, MECH
      Heat transfer in fossil energy plant and end applications — SCaPE
      Incorporation of fossil energy into broader energy strategy — CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      Industrial symbiosis with fossil energy plant — CIER, SCaPE
      Interdisciplinary aspects of fossil energy — CIER
      Natural gas — SCaPE, SEE
      Non-destructive testing and robotic inspection/diagnostics of pipelines and plant/infrastructure — CIVIL, ELEC
      Oil and gas industry — MECH, SCaPE, SEE
      Petroleum applications in transport fuels — MECH, SCaPE

      Petroleum engineering

      Corrosion and scale — MECH, (ELEC for non-destructive testing)
      Nanotechnology — MECH, SCaPE, SEE
      Surface engineering — MECH, SCaPE

      Petroleum geoscience

      3D visualisation — SEE
      Sedimentology — SEE
      Seismic geomechanics and geophysics — SEE

      Petrophysics — SEE
      Project management for fossil energy infrastructure — CIVIL
      Sensing, imaging and process instrumentation for fossil energy applications — SCaPE
      Shale gas exploitation — SCaPE, SEE


      Bioenergy and biomass — CIVIL (including integration with CCS), CIER, SCaPE
      Carbon capture, transport, utilisation and storage — CIER, CIVIL, MECH, SCaPE, SEE
      Climate impact of energy, mitigation and adaption — CIER, SEE, (ELEC for space-based instrumentation)
      Combined heat and power — SCaPE
      Combustion, from fundamentals to end applications — MECH, SCaPE, (ELEC for instrumentation)
      Computational fluid dynamics aspects of energy — MECH, SCaPE
      Datacentre energy demand reduction — MECH
      Electrical energy grids/networks — ELEC
      Embodied energy and carbon — CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      Emissions and air quality implications of energy — SCaPE
      Environmental science aspects of energy — SCaPE, SEE
      Design aspects of energy — SCaPE
      District energy (heating, cooling, electric power) — CIER, SCaPE
      Electrical energy grids/networks — ELEC
      Energy in the built environment — CIER, CIVIL
      Energy and cities — CIER, CIVIL, SCaPE, SEE
      Energy in construction and on construction sites — CIER, CIVIL
      Energy economics and techno-economics — CIER, SCaPE, SEE, (CIVIL for nuclear energy)
      Energy efficiency and other aspects of end use energy demand reduction — CIER, ELEC, MECH, SCaPE, SEE
      Energy, fuels and materials from waste — SCaPE
      Energy and ICT — CIER, ELEC, MECH
      Energy in industry — CIER, MECH, SCaPE
      Energy infrastructure — CIER, CIVIL, SCaPE
      Energy lifecycles — CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      Energy materials — CIER, SCaPE
      Energy modelling and simulation — CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      Energy nanoscience and nanotechnology— ELEC, MECH, SCaPE
      Energy on construction sites — CIVIL
      Energy policy — CIER, SEE, (ELEC for standards development)
      Energy resilience — CIVIL
      Energy in surface and air transport — CIER, SCaPE, MECH
      Energy storage — CIER, SCaPE
      Energy strategy — CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      Energy system integration — CIER, MECH, SCaPE, SEE
      Energy sustainability— CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      Energy and water — CIVIL, SEE
      Energy use behaviours and habits of households and consumers and how to change them -

      Energy whole systems

      Engineering whole systems — SCaPE
      Interdisciplinary whole systems — CIER, SCaPE, SEE

      Fire and explosion — MECH, SCaPE
      Fuels — SCaPE
      Geothermal energy (heating and cooling) — CIVIL, SEE
      Heat transfer — MECH, SCaPE


      sustainable production — SCaPE
      hydrogen economy — CIER, SCaPE, SEE
      transmission — SCaPE

      Industrial symbiosis with energy plant — CIER, SCaPE
      Interdisciplinary aspects of energy — CIER
      Low energy building design — CIVIL, (ELEC for smart buildings)

      Nuclear energy:

      Deposition of particulate matter within nuclear reactors — SCaPE
      Encapsulation grouts for intermediate level wastes — SCaPE
      Gas retention and release from nuclear legacy wastes — SCaPE
      Heat transfer processes within nuclear waste evaporators — SCaPE
      Mathematical and physical modelling of liquid jet re-suspension mechanisms — SCaPE
      New fuels for nuclear reactors — SCaPE
      Novel instrumentation for nuclear waste characterisation — ELEC, SCaPE
      Nuclear decommissioning and waste management — SCaPE, SEE, (CIVIL for project management aspects)
      Nuclear fuel cycle — SCaPE
      Radionuclides transport prediction (mathematical & numerical modelling) — CIVIL
      Small modular nuclear reactors — CIVIL, SCaPE
      Synthesis of highly active nuclear wastes — SCaPE

      Power plant design — MECH, SCaPE
      Project management for energy infrastructure (including nuclear decommissioning) — CIVIL
      Renewable technologies — CIER, ELEC, MECH, SCaPE
      Robotic inspection, repair and maintenance of energy infrastructure — CIVIL
      Sensing, imaging and process instrumentation for energy applications — SCaPE, (SEE for geophysical sensing and imaging)
      Smart grids and smart energy systems — ELEC
      Solar energy — ELEC, SCaPE
      Surface engineering for energy applications — MECH, SCaPE
      Sustainable building design — CIVIL
      Thermal energy networks — CIER, MECH, SCaPE
      Wind energy — CIER, SCaPE

      Entry requirements

      You will need a minimum of 8.0 in your Licenciado in Mexico and we will require a copy of your degree transcripts in English. You will also need a minumum of 6.5 in IELTS (for Taught Postgraduate programmes) or 6.0 in IELTS (for Research Postgraduate programmes) or equivalent. See our English language requirements

      If you do not meet the English requirements for your chosen programme, you may be able to join one of our pre-sessional English programmes

      How do I apply?

      You will need to apply for your programme of interest and be in receipt of an offer letter before you can apply for a CONACyT scholarship.

      Stage one: apply for your University of Leeds degree

      Masters programmes: Search for a course and staff contact details by visiting our course finder and then visit our how to apply page

      PhDs: When you have selected your research area you can apply here

      Stage two: submit an online application for a CONACyT scholarhsip


      Taught postgraduate: 

      2 year MSc Petroleum Geology and Geophysics: Dr. Douglas Paton,

      Other programmes: please use the contact shown in the course finder

      Research postgraduate:

      Faculty of Engineering: Graduate School Office,

      School of Earth and Environment: 

      Questions related to specific research activities:

      CIER: Prof. William Gale, Director,

      Faculty of Engineering: Please contact the Postgraduate Research Tutor in the relevant school

      Petroleum Leeds: Dr. Rachael Spraggs, Executive Director,

      School of Earth and Environment:

      Hydrocarbons: Dr. Rachael Spraggs,

      Sustainability: Dr. Catherine Bale,

      For any general enquiries about the programme, please contact Doug Pearce, Head of International Recruitment