Key facts about Petroleum Geoscience [MSc]


The course fee covers registration, academic tuition, examination, graduation & membership of the Library, Student Union & Athletic Union. The fees also include all additional fieldwork and facilities fees charged to cover laboratory and bench fees. The fee supports the cost of all taught course field courses, site visits and off-campus meetings, equipment and consumables used during the research project and provision of specialist external lecturers. 

All fieldwork costs, including those of the overseas field course (currently to Agadir, Morocco; Mallorca, Spain and County Clare, Ireland) are covered by the fees; this includes tuition, field guide, transportation, main meal (except lunch) and cost of a basic standard shared-room. All students are also required to have adequate field clothing, and £200 is included in the fees to purchase field clothing in the introduction week. There will be no additional charges made during the year.


We run three field courses throughout the year, one of which is overseas. All costs are covered in the fees, including field equipment and specialist clothing. These courses reinforce your lectures and give you hands-on experience of all aspects of the petroleum system at the reservoir scale.

Industrial links and company presentations

Leading oil companies and service companies visit Manchester on a regular basis to give technical presentations, careers advice and to recruit from our student community.

Industrial advisory board

We have a strong industrial advisory board, with representatives from BG Group, BP, ERCL, Hess, Maersk, Robertson Research, Schlumberger, Shell, Total, Tullow. They support and guide our strategic course planning.

Industrial links and teaching

We offer you a number of dedicated short courses which are delivered by leading companies such as Schlumberger, BP, Ichron, Task Geoscience.

Software and computing

We have all industry standard software and are a Schlumberger centre of excellence. We have access to all Schlumberger software, including Petrel, PetroMod and Eclipse. Other leading software includes Kingdom Suite, BasinMod, REP. As one of the largest and best equipped facilities in the UK, we give you access to your own workstation (currently 35 workstations).

Independent projects and final presentation day

From June to August students you will carry out an independent research project, either working as an intern in a company or using real datasets provided by industrial partners. The diverse background of the academics supervising these projects means you can choose a research topic that matches your interests. Your project will culminate in the final presentation day, a conference held in Manchester to showcase your work in front of fellow students, industry guests and alumni.

Careers perspectives

We have a very strong employability record, and our graduates work across the petroleum sector, from major international oil companies, national and independent businesses in the sector, large consultancies and service companies. Read about the successful careers of recent graduates from this course and others within the School.

After you graduate you may also prefer to continue your studies and undertake a PhD.

Our commitment to a supportive learning environment

We are committed to providing our students with the best learning environment. We have an open door policy, and value our reputation for a friendly student-lecturer relationship. Students benefit from interaction with all our staff, drawing on their wide range of experience.

AAPG Imperial Barrel Award and the Development Project

Both courses involve an extended group project. The Petroleum Geoscience for Exploration MSc takes part in the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award; the winning team from Manchester goes on to represent the School at the regional competition (normally in Prague). The Petroleum Geoscience for Reservoir Development and Production MSc involves a similar internal competition where you will work on field data, and be judged by an external industry panel.

Student chapters: AAPG, SPE, EAGE, PESGB

We have very active student chapters that both organise guest lectures, field trips and events throughout the year. For details of joining and upcoming chapter events visit:
Manchester AAPG chapter
Manchester SPE chapter

Professional accreditation

We were the first UK Petroleum Geoscience MSc course to be accredited by the Geological Society of London, acknowledging our leading position in the country. In 2013 we aim to be accredited by the UK Energy Institute (UKEI), providing our students with an internationally recognised professional accreditation.

Multicultural environment: learning with a diverse group

One of the strengths of the course at Manchester is the diverse cultural background and technical experience of our students. Typically the class draws on students from a global catchment; our students come from the UK, Europe, Nigeria, China, India, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, USA, West Africa, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam and many other countries. Your interactions with this broad group develops strong transferable skills, a valuable asset that employers look for when they are recruiting.

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