Applied Petroleum Geoscience, M.Sc.

Applied Petroleum Geoscience, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #312 (QS) Online
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.

About

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.

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.

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reservoir Concepts
  • Petroleum Basins
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Reservoir Sedimentology
  • Geomechanics and Flow Mechanics
  • Petroleum Systems Analysis
  • Applied Petroleum Geophysics
  • Applied Stratigraphy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • For MSc level entry, students must hold: a good honours or BSc degree in a relevant Geoscience discipline such as Geology or Geophysics from a UK or Overseas University. We look specifically for proven ability in basic geology or petroleum geology courses, as well as credits in maths courses. Parts of the courses listed above require higher or university level mathematics backgrounds.
  • In addition to the academic qualifications, motivation, industrial experience and personality are taken into consideration.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1020 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1020 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1020 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1020 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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