12 months
26000 GBP/year
11500 GBP/year
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Develop the skills to investigate the subsurface in the exploration and development of sustainable hydrocarbon resources with the Petroleum Geoscience programme at The University of Manchester.


Course description

The Petroleum Geoscience programme at The University of Manchester is taught over one calendar year by leading researchers in the field.

We will build your knowledge by examining the sedimentary and structural processes that govern the way sedimentary basins fill, and how an understanding of these complex three- dimensional systems can be usefully applied to improve models of petroleum systems in the subsurface.

The knowledge and techniques taught at Manchester are also directly applicable to developing subsurface technologies in geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage and network gas storage.

You will develop key skills for evaluating subsurface geology, using industry standard software and through working with industry data. You will learn how to evaluate sedimentary basins and develop leads ands prospects, appraise any discovery and finally efficiently and sustainably develop the fields.

The program has close links with industry, including major energy companies, that provide additional input into our courses, deliver some of the content, and are instrumental in providing cutting- edge datasets for investigation as part of the MSc projects.

The Petroleum Geoscience MSc is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the energy industry working in exploration for oil and gas, and future mitigation measures such as carbon sequestration. These skills are also transferable to other energy industries, such as geothermal and nuclear.

The skills and knowledge you develop will also provide a solid basis for postgraduate research in the fields of sedimentology or basin research. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Subsurface Geoscience
  • Computational Subsurface Geoscience
  • Prospect Evaluation and Petroleum Economics
  • Basin Analysis
  • Field Appraisal and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second class degree or equivalent in Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering or related discipline.
  • When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved, your academic references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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