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Petroleum Geoscience for Reservoir Development and Production MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 Months.
Entry requirements
A good Honours degree in Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering or related discipline. Work experience may also be taken into account.

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Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This course combines the teaching and research strength of our School and the School of Chemical Engineering. We train you in methods that will support the oil industry's efforts to maximise recovery from oil and gas fields and extend the life of existing fields.

This Petroleum Geoscience course pathway meets industry's demand for skilled personnel by training graduates with specialist, research-based knowledge in appraisal, development and production as well as the fundamentals of reservoir engineering. 

The course concentrates on how to characterise and model a reservoir and fluid flows. We also explore the impact of recovery mechanisms and dynamic displacement. You will also take units in seismic interpretation. 

Semester 2 comprises four specialist units:

  • Integrated Subsurface Description, covering 3D seismic interpretation and visualisation; trapping framework; reservoir framework; reservoir and fluid properties; uncertainty and risk.
  • Oil and Gas Reservoir Dynamics, covering reservoir compartments; reservoir energy and recovery mechanisms; geological reservoir modelling; reservoir simulation; well testing.
  • The Group Development Project requires you to work in groups of four or five. You will be mentored by research students and staff to undertake a field evaluation using a typical dataset.
  • Field Depletion Planning covers resource assessment; rate production profile prediction; depletion planning; how to operate in an oil and gas field; health and safety; petroleum economics and risk analysis; reservoir management; and base management.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,850
    International students (per annum): £22,050

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


PESGB Scholarship: PESGB The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain is offering scholarships for places on the Petroleum Geoscience MSc at Manchester. This is open to all UK/EU students, with preference to those with some oil industry experience seeking to undertake enhanced training. Scholarship (£5,000 up to £10,000).

PTDF Nigeria: For international students there are other schemes such as PTDF Nigeria (full scholarship available).

Funding for places on the MSc is available from oil company scholarships and University bursaries

Contact details

Academic department
School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
Contact name
Michael Atherton
+44(0)161 2750776
+44(0)161 306 9361
Academic department overview
See: About Us.

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