University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Integrated Petroleum Geoscience

Components of the course focus on all aspects of upstream geoscience, from initial exploration for new prospects, through field appraisal and development, to maximising recovery from mature and declining fields; topics covered include: seismic interpretation, petrophysical analysis, geochemical evaluation, sedimentology, structural analysis, and reservoir modelling; skills in the analysis of the subsurface are further developed by field work on outcrops and by hands-on experience with core logging.

Entry requirements

Upper Second Honours degree or above in geology, geophysics or joint degree incorporating geology as a major component required.

Course modules

Petroleum technology; exploration and development geophysics; reservoir sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy; petroleum geochemistry and basin analysis; downhole geological and petrophysical logging methods; formation evaluation; structural geology and basin development; prospect evaluation and appraisal; production geology with reservoir modelling and management; integrated case studies and exercises; field courses in UK and Utah.

Assessment methods

The department has moved away from reliance on examinations, and now have a balanced mixture of assessed practical exercises, short reports, exams and a final project report

Sponsorship information

NERC; ESF; oil companies.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 3 months
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Graduate School Admissions Unit, College of Physical Sciences
Telephone number: 
01224 272655