MSc Petroleum Exploration Geoscience / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience EART60031 15 Mandatory
Basin Analysis EART60052 15 Mandatory
Exploration Group Project EART60102 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

Scholarships and bursaries

For further information on available scholarships please visit the  Department Website

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk