University of Derby

Applied Petroleum Geoscience

This course is accredited by the Geological Society, so you can be confident that its content is topical and well-regarded across the sector. The petroleum industry is evolving at a rapid rate, with techniques to find and use resources becoming more advanced to meet a global demand. Our comprehensive course combines academic and practical teaching to prepare you for, or further, your career in the petroleum industry. Our teaching team all have extensive experience and will give you a real insight into the oil industry. Teaching takes place in the classroom and in the field. You'll also put theory into practice with fieldwork in various parts of the UK, including logging core at the British Geological Survey. To further support your professional experience, we also introduce you to the specialist professional software packages on which the oil industry now depends for its analytical work. We prepare you for entry-level jobs in the petroleum industry; your first position could be in a service company supporting the oil industry in areas such as basic reservoir analysis, mudlogging, data management, or data gathering and analysis.

Course modules

Modules may include: petroleum geology; petroleum techniques; geological and commercial risk; advanced petroleum geology; subsurface analysis; basin analysis; independent project.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes written coursework, presentations and timed essays.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 975 per Module (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,940 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 975 per Module (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus DE22 1GB East Midlands

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