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Applied Petroleum Geoscience MSc

Different course options

Full time | Edinburgh Campus | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Earth Sciences

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The Applied Petroleum Geoscience programme is a unique programme in subsurface geoscience and exploration at Heriot-Watt University. 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, Heriot-Watt University. The programme is also applicable to non-petroleum subsurface geoscience subjects, such as CO2 storage and groundwater flow.

The Applied 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, forms part of the assessment for 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. Other fieldtrips and visits to local core viewing facilities (hosted in the neighbouring British Geological Survey facilities) will be arranged on a more ad hoc basis. This course can also be studied via Online Learning, ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. The programme is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Energy Institute (EI). Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.

Modules

The overall aim of this module is to: understand and quantify the movement of fluids (brine, oil, gas) in the subsurface over timescales ranging from geological to human; to understand how the fundamental principles of geomechanics predicts compaction, folding, faulting and fracturing on the basin to the reservoir scale.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£13,440

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£28,440

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Masters (MSc) level entry applicants must have one of the following: 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. Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and possibly interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Recruitment.