MSc Petroleum Geoscience (F056)

Study petroleum and subsurface geoscience in Ireland and benefit from a modern interdisciplinary training delivered by leading researchers and industry specialists at University College Dublin. Applications for 2018-19 are now open at

UCD School of Earth Sciences provides a one-year full-time Petroleum Geoscience MSc. The course builds on significant in-house research expertise in frontier exploration, rift and hyper-extended basin evolution, reservoir sedimentology, geophysical imaging techniques, fault analysis and reservoir and fluid flow modelling.

The UCD training experience:

  • Covers all aspects of exploration, appraisal and development geoscience from pore to basin scale for both conventional and unconventional resources.
  • Involves substantial field-based instruction (23 days) in classic outcrop locations (including the Clare Basin, Ireland; Bristol Channel and Wessex basins, UK; Pyrenees, Spain).
  • Gives first-hand experience of typical industry workflows and experience with key industry software and provision of a dedicated workstation for the duration of the course.
  • Focuses on problem-based learning drawing on a wide range of geophysical, subsurface, outcrop and 'behind- outcrop' datasets.
  • Includes a three-month applied research project and possible industry placement.
  • Develops essential transferrable skills (e.g. effective report writing, project management, team working) and the ability to communicate and work with cognate disciplines (e.g. drillers, petroleum engineers).

Graduates from the course will be equipped with all the necessary technical and transferable skills for a career in the petroleum industry or further studies at PhD level. Scholarships worth up to 15,000 are available on a competitive basis for successful applicants: see course website (below) for details.

Course entry will generally require a minimum 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in Geology, Geoscience, Earth Science, Geophysics or a cognate discipline but relevant industrial experience will also be taken into account. For more details and application procedures contact Course Director Prof Peter Haughton at or see:

posted: 17 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.