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Integrated Petroleum Geoscience

Course Description

Regarded as the best of its kind in the world the programme gives you vocational training in geoscience skills for minerals exploration and production, including: seismic interpretation, petrophysical analysis, geochemical evaluation, sedimentology, structural analysis, and reservoir modelling.

Semester 1
Geophysics and Petrophysics
Applied Sedimentology

Semester 2
Production Geology
Regional Exploration
Professional Skills Incorporating Field Trip

Semester 3
Project in Integrated Petroleum Geosciences

Visit the Integrated Petroleum Geoscience page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chris Falconer

2335.JPG I had just completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen and was aware of the department’s reputation as a centre of excellence for the teaching of Petroleum Geology. The Geology Department at Aberdeen benefits from close links with the local oil and gas industry due to Aberdeen’s position as the ‘oil capital of Europe’. I was also familiar with the departmental staff, lecturers, teaching facilities and university campus.

Making life-long friends and undertaking a number of field trips around Scotland, the rest of the UK, Spain and the USA.

Since graduating in 2006 I have been working as a professional geologist in the oil and gas industry. I began my career by working for an international oil and gas company in Aberdeen for 6 years before moving to Perth, Western Australia. I currently work for Woodside Energy Limited which is an Australian petroleum exploration and production company. Woodside is the largest operator of oil and gas production in Australia and also Australia’s largest independent dedicated oil and gas company.

My postgraduate degree was essentially vocational training and provided me with the skills, knowledge and expertise I utilise on a daily basis in my chosen profession.

The University of Aberdeen has a rich, proud history. The University has a beautiful campus with fantastic facilities, and Aberdeen is a lively city with easy access to the great outdoors.
I look back at my time at the University of Aberdeen with very fond memories. I feel fortunate to have chosen a subject that fascinated me then and continues to do so today. I believe that having a genuine passion and interest for the subject you choose to study can make a big difference to your overall enjoyment of your time at University.

Chris’ piece of advice to prospective students is of course:

“The best geologists are those that have seen the most rocks”


University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition


Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:2 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Geology, Geophysics, or a joint degree incorporating Geology as a major component. IELTS Academic (6.5), TOEFL iBT (90), PTE Academic Overall (62), Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency (176)

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