Entry requirements

A minimum of a good honours degree (2.1) in Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering or related discipline. Relevant work experience will also be taken into account when considering applicants.

English language requirement

Fluency in English, both oral and written, is a requirement for attendance on the course. The programme is very intensive, and good language ability is required to be able to understand the lectures and to complete assessed coursework and examinations. English is also the language of the international oil industry, and as such you will be required to present evidence of your proficiency in English. This can include a qualification from either IELTS or TOEFL. Tests are available from the British Council in most countries, or through English language institutions. For further details see the University webpage on language requirements.

The Petroleum Geoscience MSc requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no score lower than 5.5. Students with a score lower than 6.5 will normally be required to take a pre-sessional English language course in the University English Language Teaching Unit. These standards may be subject to revision.

Past experience suggests that students who arrive in advance of the MSc course and have undertaken "top-up" pre-session courses in English language course perform much better, with an improved level of understanding of the lectures and improved communication ability.

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