MSc Petroleum Exploration Geoscience
Year of entry: 2020
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- Degree awarded
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
A good Honours degree in Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering or related discipline. Work experience may also be taken into account. Please contact the school for further information.
- How to apply
- Apply online .
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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will provide a subject specific overview of Petroleum Geoscience programmes at The University of Manchester. The event offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will take place on Wednesday 1st July at 11am.
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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): £11,500
International students (per annum): £27,000
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.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
- Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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- Janet Steadman
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Application and selection
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Advice to applicants
This course focuses on exploration geoscience and develops key skills for understanding petroleum systems. You will learn how to evaluate sedimentary basins and leads along with prospect generation. You will be given the skills to explore for oil and gas (and unconventional hydrocarbons). We provide a global overview of major hydrocarbon provinces, as well as current exploration trends.
This masters course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the oil industry working in exploration for oil and gas. It is also suitable for anyone who wishes to focus on field appraisal and development.
Semester 2 among others, teaching comprises four specialist units:
- 3D Seismic Interpretation and Basin Analysis develops interpretation skills using Petrel. We teach you the theory and techniques for basin analysis and modelling, structural and stratigraphic trapping mechanisms, and petroleum system analysis.
- The Group Exploration Project is run as part of the AAPG Barrel award. Working in groups of four or five and mentored by research students and staff, you will analyse a typical exploration dataset.
- Field Appraisal and Development introduces you to the tools and techniques used by petroleum engineers to develop oil and gas fields. You will discover the roles of the geoscientist in oil and gas field development.
- Prospect Evaluation and Petroleum Economics shows you how to develop leads and prospects, assess reserves and risk, and evaluate value using petroleum economics.
Teaching and learning
Please vist the department website for further information.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Exploration Group Project||EART60102||15||Mandatory|
|Integrated Subsurface Description||EART60152||15||Mandatory|
|Prospect Evaluation and Petroleum Economics||EART60162||15||Mandatory|
|Independent Research Project||EART60172||60||Mandatory|
|Communication Skills and Fieldwork||EART60230||15||Mandatory|
|Key Interpretation Skills||EART60381||15||Mandatory|
|Play Fairway Analysis||EART60391||15||Mandatory|
|Field Appraisal and Development||EART60402||15||Mandatory|
|Fundamentals of Applied Subsurface Geoscience||EART61031||15||Mandatory|
Scholarships and bursaries
The petroleum industry is the largest employer of earth science graduates, with good employment prospects in the United Kingdom and overseas in oil companies, consultancies, service companies, government bodies, the financial sector, and in teaching and research. During the research project students normally have the opportunity to work within sponsor oil company offices, gaining valuable industrial experience. The MSc course has a very strong track record for employability.
In semester 1, we typically have oil companies visiting the School to provide careers information and seek applications (typically BG, BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, Hess, Talsiman, Neftex, Fugro etc). Some also interview in the University. This is in addition to the University career fairs and other employment events.
Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering at the University of Manchester has well-established links with the petroleum industry. Research is funded by a large number of international oil companies. Guest speakers are invited on a regular basis to the department. There is also an AAPG Student Chapter , PESGB Student Chapter, SPE Chapter and EAGE Chapter, which arrange meetings throughout the year.
Many of the academic staff teaching on the course have considerable petroleum industry experience or consult for the oil industry. In addition the teaching team has a very strong group of external lecturers, who are all active consultants or employees in the petroleum industry, and who bring considerable expertise and industrial links.
BP staff teach on the course, Shell teaches the Malampaya oil game which offers an insight into the industry