Join the MSc Petroleum Geoscience at Imperial College London.

  • Covers key petroleum geoscience and related subjects, and their application to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons
  • Aims to train multi-skilled petroleum geoscientists for the modern petroleum industry
  • 12 month full-time course with over 20 days in the field
  • The Petroleum Geoscience MSc at Imperial 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. Accredited Programme - The Geological Society

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. 

Imperial College 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 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.

Petroleum oil and gas

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.

Petroleum Geoscience students in Oman for fieldworkWhy 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 Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial 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, alongside careers presentations from a range of organisations in the oil and gas industry.

Graduates of our present MSc Petroleum Geoscience course 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

The Open Day for the MSc Petroleum Geoscience course took place in February 2019. 

The Open Day provides an opportunity for applicants and prospective students to meet course tutors, view our facilities, and talk to current students. If you were unable to attend but have queries about the course, please contact Thomas Dray.

Following interviews for scholarships at the 2019 Open Day, companies including BP, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Perenco and Total offered scholarships.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught course, you must apply online. Find out how to apply.