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Petroleum Geoscience

MSc Petroleum Geoscience
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc in Petroleum Geoscience at UCD offers bright and motivated geoscience graduates a vocational training in the broad range of technical fields associated with hydrocarbon exploration and production, as a prelude to a career in the petroleum industry or to further studies at PhD level.

The main aims of the MSc Petroleum Geoscience are to:
- Deliver a comprehensive technical grounding in all aspects of geoscience bearing on the search for, and production of, hydrocarbons, both conventional and unconventional

- Nurture and develop critical reasoning skills using 'problem-based' learning and a wide range of practical exercises using subsurface, outcrop, behind-outcrop and geophysical datasets

- Provide quality vocational training in subsurface and related data acquisition, quality-control, interpretation, data integration and uncertainty

- Demonstrate and give first-hand experience of typical industry workflows including the use of a suite of software packages (basin modelling, seismic interpretation, fault properties and reservoir modelling)

- Develop essential transferrable skills (e.g. effective report writing, project management, team working) and the ability to communicate and work with cognate disciplines (e.g. drillers, petroleum engineers)

Entry requirements

• This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in Geology, Geoscience, Earth Science, Geophysics or a cognate discipline. An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required.

• In exceptional circumstances, credit will be given for those with a lower second class honours degree with relevant work experience.

• 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.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Petroleum products are important for power generation, transport and as a chemical feedstock and are likely to remain so for decades despite emerging new technologies. Geoscience plays a pivotal role in guiding exploration and helping to plan and manage efficient and profitable oil and gas production. It is also essential for understanding and confronting many of the associated risks, safety issues and environmental concerns facing the industry.

Petroleum geoscientists are much in demand and find employment in a wide range of companies, consultancies, regulatory agencies, governmental organisations and academia. A career in petroleum geoscience requires a detailed knowledge of all aspects of the petroleum system from pore- to basin-scale. The petroleum geoscientist works with a wide range of different types of data and needs to be aware of how these are acquired, processed, used and integrated. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interface effectively with those in cognate disciplines are also key.

The UCD School of Earth Sciences run a one-year Petroleum Geoscience MSc. This taught Masters Course will provide an ideal opportunity to get 'hands-on' experience with subsurface and related data, to acquire the necessary technical knowledge and transferrable skills, and to interact and work closely with fellow students and staff, all within a highly supportive environment. The course will reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of petroleum geoscience, with coursework extending from the geological and geophysical through to reservoir engineering, along with very significant components of fieldwork and practical experience of industry-style work. It is anticipated that the course will act as focal point for industry recruitment, with co-opted industry instructors contributing to some modules, presenting case studies and attending and participating in some of the field courses.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Tom Manzocchi
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 2605

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Structural Geology
Seismic Techniques
Basin Analysis & Modelling
Depositional Systems
Petroleum Systems
Fieldwork 1
Fieldwork 2
Exploration Geology
Production Geology and Field Management
Independent Research Project


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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

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