Subsurface Characterisation & Geomodelling

MSc Subsurface Characterisation & Geomodelling
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This unique and forward-looking MSc is designed to provide you with a solid grounding in key modern principles and methods required for a career in applied geology in our changing world.

The course is taught by experts from diverse geoscience disciplines, including pure and applied geology, geophysics, geomodelling and computational geoscience, with experience of the minerals and geo-energy sectors. It focuses on generic aspects of data interpretation, analysis and computer modelling of the deeper and shallow subsurface using real-world data and leading industry software (e.g., Petrel, Leapfrog, ArcGIS).

This sought-after and transferable expertise will provide you with the flexibility needed for a geoscience career in an increasingly populous and resource-constrained world.

The programme combines classroom-based instruction, practical workstation experience, team-based exercises and field visits. It also includes a three-month applied research project.

Subjects taught

Stage 1- Core
Rock EngineeringGEOL40520
Applied Structural GeologyGEOL40530
Drilling and well loggingGEOL40550
Geofluids and geomechanicsGEOL40560
Remote SensingGEOL40580
Geostatistics and geomodellingGEOL40590
Applied Research ProjectGEOL40610
Team-based modelling IGEOL40620
Team-based modelling IIGEOL40630
Introduction to geomodellingGEOL40640
Applied GeoscienceGEOL40650
Stratigraphic predictionGEOL40660
3D mapping and modelling IGEOL40670
3D mapping and modelling IIGEOL40680
Fractured rock modellingGEOL40690
Applied Quaternary GeologyGEOL40700
Geophysical Methods 2GEOL40720
Geophysical Methods 1GEOL40730

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree at 2.1 or higher (or the International equivalent ) in the broad Earth Science/Geoscience area is required. Consideration will be given to applicants with similar qualifications in cognate areas (e.g. Geophysics or Physical Geography) and to those with significant and relevant work experience but who do not meet this criteria.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc Subsurface Characterisation & Geomodelling FT (F181)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


MSc Subsurface Characterisation & Geomodelling (F181) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9000
nonEU fee per year - € 24200

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
The course is industry facing and designed to equip you for a career in a broad range of industries and research organisations requiring digital subsurface characterisation and modelling. Application areas include mineral resources, the energy sector including oil and gas, geothermal, groundwater, carbon sequestration and storage, geotechnical services, national geological surveys and waste management. You will also receive training in the range of soft skills (e.g. reporting, programming) required by industry.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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