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Applied Petroleum Geoscience

36 months
1280 GBP/module
1280 GBP/module
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The Applied Petroleum Geoscience programme is a unique degree in subsurface geoscience and exploration at Heriot-Watt University Dubai. 


The Applied Petroleum Geoscience programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai mainly focuses on exploration petroleum geoscience, but it is closely linked with other MSc degrees and research groups in petroleum engineering and reservoir geology at the GeoEnergy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University. The degree is also applicable to non-petroleum subsurface geoscience subjects, such as CO2 storage and groundwater flow.


Past students on the Applied Petroleum Geoscience MSc have gone into further research (PhD degrees 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.


Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Energy Institute (EI).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Formation Evaluation
  • Petroleum Basins
  • Petroleum Systems
  • Reservoir Sedimentology
  • Applied Petroleum Geophysics
  • Geomechanics and Flow Mechanics
  • Operations, Appraisal and Development
  • Play and Prospect Evaluation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake 


180 alternative credits



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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1280 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1280 GBP per module during 36 months.
  • National

    1280 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1280 GBP per module during 36 months.

Dissertation/Project £1,180


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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