Heriot-Watt University

Petroleum Geoscience (PetGeo) MSc

Heriot-Watt University
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Home Postgraduate study Geoscience Petroleum Geoscience (PetGeo)Petroleum Geoscience (PetGeo) MScHow to apply »DeliveryFull-timeProgramme typeTaughtStudy locationEdinburghEntry dateSeptemberOverviewProgramme contentEntry requirementsFees & scholarships Postgraduate Taught Funded places This programme has been selected to support the skills demand in Scotland's key economic growth areas. A number of full fee bursaries are available to applicants permanently resident in Scotland. Download an application form and submit OverviewThe Petroleum Geoscience programme is jointly offered by Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh University, with external staff from Durham University, and combines the expertise available at each of these three institutions to create a unique programme in subsurface geoscience and exploration. The programme mainly focuses on exploration petroleum geoscience, but it is closely linked with other MSc programmes and research groups in petroleum engineering and reservoir geology at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (the host institute). The programme is also applicable to non-petroleum subsurface geoscience subjects, such as CO2 storage and groundwater flow. Programme content The Petroleum Geoscience degree provides participants with a thorough training in aspects of subsurface geology, geophysics and geo-engineering, relating to the exploration, appraisal and development of subsurface resources. Although the programme mainly concentrates on exploration for hydrocarbon resources, and delineation of hydrocarbon reservoirs in the subsurface, the skills gained in this subject are applicable to all subsurface geoscience areas, including groundwater exploration, waste disposal or CO2 sequestration. The programme is deliberately intensive, typically consisting of working a full 5 days per week of lectures and...

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What you'll learn on the course

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Petroleum
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Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Industry
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Geology
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Gas
Oil and Gas
Waste Disposal
IT Development
Geophysics
Appraisal

Course programme

Postgraduate Taught Funded places

This programme has been selected to support the skills demand in Scotland's key economic growth areas. A number of full fee bursaries are available to applicants permanently resident in Scotland. Download an application form and submit

Overview

The Petroleum Geoscience programme is jointly offered by Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh University, with external staff from Durham University, and combines the expertise available at each of these three institutions to create a unique programme in subsurface geoscience and exploration.

The programme mainly focuses on exploration petroleum geoscience, but it is closely linked with other MSc programmes and research groups in petroleum engineering and reservoir geology at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (the host institute). The programme is also applicable to non-petroleum subsurface geoscience subjects, such as CO2 storage and groundwater flow.

Programme content

The Petroleum Geoscience degree provides participants with a thorough training in aspects of subsurface geology, geophysics and geo-engineering, relating to the exploration, appraisal and development of subsurface resources. Although the programme mainly concentrates on exploration for hydrocarbon resources, and delineation of hydrocarbon reservoirs in the subsurface, the skills gained in this subject are applicable to all subsurface geoscience areas, including groundwater exploration, waste disposal or CO2 sequestration.

The programme is deliberately intensive, typically consisting of working a full 5 days per week of lectures and practical work, including labs or tutorial exercises designed to teach practical skills in addition to learning theory. Project work, both as groups and individually, is part of the programme.

Two fieldtrips are a permanent part of the course, the second as part of the Wessex Basin Team Project which aims to integrate basin scale and reservoir scale exploration tasks, similar to those that students will encounter working in Oil and Gas employment.

Our Students

Students on the Petroleum Geoscience programme come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including directly from undergraduate degrees and also from years to decades of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. Our students come to us from all parts of the world, in the last few years the students in all three MSc programmes within the Institute of Petroleum Engineering have come from over 30 different nations.

Our current students, in conjunction with students at Edinburgh University, have formed a student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), which offers talks and other events throughout the year.

Industry links

Students on the Petroleum Geoscience MSc will benefit from the excellent links with industry and research activities by the staff at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, as well as the world-class research facilities available at Edinburgh University and the research expertise of Durham University. The Institute has an industry based Strategic Advisory Board who monitors activities in the wider context of the needs of the industry, and in addition some classes and also extra tutorial sessions are conducted by both retired and active staff from a variety of petroleum companies.

Career opportunities

Past students on the Petroleum Geoscience MSc have gone into further research (PhD programmes in the UK and overseas). Others have gone on to work in geoscience departments of major Oil and Gas companies as well as industry service organisations, contractors and small local companies. Companies who have employed our past students include Shell and Petroceltic here in the UK, and a number of other companies worldwide including Tullow, GNPC, and Total.

Programme duration

The Petroleum Geoscience MSc is a 12-month, full-time programme.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and Energy Institute (EI).

Additional information

Programme content The programme consists of a variety of geosciences and engineering courses addressing the concepts of petroleum exploration & appraisal. There are 8 taught courses, a team project and an individual project. The taught courses are worth 150 hours of work each, the projects are each worth 300 hours.Semester 1 CoursesIn Semester 1 the taught courses include background on how oilfields develop in various stratigraphic & structural settings using the north sea as an example (G11RC), how basin development influences exploration success and what...

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