The MSc in Petroleum Geoscience is a one-year, full-time, multidisciplinary course that aims to train multi-skilled petroleum geoscientists for the modern petroleum industry. It covers key petroleum geoscience and related subjects, and their application to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. The course begins in early October and runs through to the end of September of the following year. It is recognised for the award of the Master of Science degree and the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC). The course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. 

IC petroleum geology graduates are among the most professionally prepared of all geoscience graduates in the world

(Bob Stewart, ExxonMobil Exploration Co., Global Geoscience Recruiting Manager)

The course enjoys close links with the petroleum industry, which provides scholarships for students, data for use in the course and presentations from industry professionals to supplement course material. Most students conduct their individual research project with an industry host or using data provided by industry. This ensures that the course is tailored to the needs of the petroleum industry, and that students gain valuable working experience. The course has a strong track record for employability, with many graduates working in major oil companies, allied service industries and consultancies.

The Petroleum Geoscience MSc course is run closely with the Petroleum Engineering MSc course. The courses share certain common disciplines and training in allied subjects. The interdependency of the two disciplines is emphasised throughout the course, including a major integrated team project involving the interpretation, synthesis and presentation of subsurface data at the end of the first term.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at both new geoscience graduates wishing to gain a broad and applied technical background that prepares them for a professional career as a petroleum geoscientist, and those already working in the industry who wish to enhance their technical skills and qualifications. As a specially tailored course, it offers an excellent transition between the foundations set by an undergraduate degree and the demanding, competitive and highly technical nature of professional employment. It also acts as a springboard for students planning to embark on a research degree in Petroleum Geoscience.

Why choose an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience?

Earth science graduates are in great demand within the petroleum industry. This situation will continue as the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons will require a supply of well-trained geoscientists. Not only will you participate in a stimulating Petroleum Geoscience course, at the same time you will improve your employment prospects. We offer one of the most respected MSc Petroleum Geoscience programmes in the world, with a first class international reputation.

Why choose Imperial College London?

The Earth Science and Engineering Department at Imperial College has been at the forefront of teaching petroleum-related courses since 1911. The Department’s teaching and research is consistently rated as among the best in the UK in external reviews. We provide a vibrant and specialist petroleum geoscience training that will equip you with both the technical knowledge and skills in state-of-the-art technology to have a successful career in industry. Graduates of our present MSc Petroleum Geoscience course and its predecessors (Petroleum Geology and Exploration Geophysics) have, and continue to have, a high success rate in finding employment in the industry. Many have gone on to highly successful careers all over the world.

Open day

We hold an annual open day for the MSc Petroleum Geoscience course, usually in late January or early February. The Open Day provides an opportunity for applicants and prospective students to meet course tutors, view our facilities, and talk to current students. We regard the open day as an important opportunity for prospective students to meet us (and vice versa!). As part of the open day, we interview applicants for funded scholarships - consequently, we encourage UK and EU students who are eligible for these scholarships to attend the open day. The Open Day for entry to the 2017-18 course will be held on Friday, 10th February, 2017; UK and EU applicants should apply before Monday 16th January 2017 if they wish to be considered for interview on the Open Day.

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