M.Sc. On Campus

Applied Petroleum Geoscience

Heriot-Watt University

12 months
29088 GBP/year
13712 GBP/year
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The Applied Petroleum Geoscience (APG) MSc at Heriot-Watt University is one of the top training programmes for geoscientists working in the oil and gas industry.


With strong links to our Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Petroleum Engineering, Mature Field Management and Subsurface Energy Systems programmes, this programme is unique, offering a fully integrated understanding of the oil and gas industry, from exploration to production.

Key Features 

  • The Applied Petroleum Geoscience programme at Heriot-Watt University has been redesigned in 2019, with a number of exciting new courses and field trips, including an integrated exploration and development field trip to the Spanish Pyrenees. 
  • The programme is focused on geoscience (including petrophysics, geophysics and geochemistry), but we also equip students with a working knowledge of other disciplines, including reservoir engineering and petroleum economics. Students will benefit from engagement with our industry partners and access to high-performance computers, as well as extensive in-house geoscience and engineering expertise, with many of our staff having worked previously in the oil and gas industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Formation evaluation 
  • Petroleum Basins
  • Petroleum Systems Analysis
  • Sedimentology
  • Geophysics
  • Geomechanics and Flow Mechanics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum of 2:1 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a related subject area.
  • For postgraduate conversion courses, non-related degrees will be considered.
  • Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered

Tuition Fee

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    29088 GBP/year
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    13712 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 13712 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
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