To reflect the demands of the industry we have developed two petroleum geoscience postgraduate courses:
Petroleum Geoscience for Exploration [MSc]
Petroleum Geoscience for Reservoir Development and Production [MSc]
The courses are designed to allow you to excel in your chosen area, while maintaining a broad education in petroleum geology, geophysics and an introduction to reservoir engineering. They will prepare you for employment as geologists, geophysicists, or a more specialist career as a petrophysicist, basin analyst or operations geologist.
The emphasis is on teaching practical aspects of petroleum geoscience which can be readily applied in an industrial environment. Aspects of the practical applications are taught by practising professional geologists from the petroleum industry. Fieldwork studies are an important component of the course. Attendance at appropriate conferences and workshops is encouraged.
Semester 1 is taught jointly between both MSc courses and builds a foundation of knowledge in petroleum geoscience. The core subjects cover the fundamentals of petroleum geoscience, such as reservoir geology, geophysics fundamentals, petrophysics, operations geology, fundamentals of exploration and production geoscience and geochemistry.
Semester 2 separates the year group into dedicated Exploration and Development course groups. Both courses share some units, but each will include specifically tailored units.
From June until August students undertake an Independent Research Project. Students can specialise during this period. Many students will take the opportunity for industrial placement to complete a project using data provided by a sponsor oil company. The results are presented as a poster, a written dissertation and orally to a group of invited guests from the petroleum industry at the end of the year.