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Petroleum Geoscience MSc
One-year course with strong links to industry

The course provides the skills the modern oil industry is looking for. Its unique collaborative links with a sister MSc in Petroleum Engineering allows the course to cover the full spectrum of hydrocarbon exploration and production activities.

Dedicated experienced staff & facilities
A network of Unix workstations with 2D/3D seismic packages, extensive PC systems/comprehensive suite of industry standard software and analytical research laboratories.

Emphasis on technical & transferable skills for industry The course teaches current petroleum industry methods and practices, utilising state-of-the-art industry software and hardware. Course topics: 2D/3D seismic acquisition, processing & interpretation; basin analysis; sequence stratigraphy; modelling of petroleum systems; prospect/play evaluation; reservoir characterisation and modelling; development geology; petrophysical evaluation; drilling technology; risk assessment; petroleum economics. Students develop transferable skills including communication (oral, written & aural), team work, decision making, and time & project management.
A great place to study
Imperial College has long been a leader and innovator in advanced education in the Earth Sciences and also been in the forefront of teaching petroleum related courses since 1911.
London is an international centre for the oil and gas industry and provides access to various professional associations, (PESGB, SPE, AAPG etc) for petroleum geoscientists and engineers.

Who should apply?
The minimum entereance qualification is normally an upper-second class honours degree in earth science or a related subject from a UK university, or its equivalent from an overseas academic institution. We also encourage professionals with other qualifications and a minimum of three years relevant industrial experience, to apply.

For further information & how to apply contact:

Ms. S. K. Luther, Course Administrator,
Department of Earth Science & Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington campus, London SW7 2AZ.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6445; Fax: +44 (0)20 7594 7444;
Click here to visit the course website

  • field trips to basin and reservoir analogues in the UK and USA
  • team projects in field development (integrating Petroleum Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering) and play/prospect evaluation
  • independent research projects

    Employment opportunities
    Imperial College has an excellent reputation and strong track record for employability, with many graduates working in major oil companies, allied service industries and consultancies.

    NERC and industrial studentships are available


  • posted: 17 february 2010     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.