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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


    Materials Science

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    One year full-time or up to five years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please visit the course page for the latest information on fees: website

  • Last Updated

    24 August 2017

Course content

Why choose this course:

• Study a course accredited by The Geological Society, ensuring our teaching is of the highest quality
• ‌Build on your existing geoscience knowledge to create an understanding of all aspects of the petroleum system
• Improve your skills to enhance your career prospects in a variety of industry roles, including subsurface analysis, wellsite operations, and technical/commercial support
• Develop your ability to evaluate technical and commercial risks that affect success in the oil industry.

About the course:

A comprehensive course
This comprehensive course combines academic and practical teaching to prepare you for, or further, your career in the petroleum industry. Having received accreditation from the Geological Society of London, you can be confident that the course is topical and well regarded across the sector.

If you’re an international student, you must apply for the full masters course and study it over one year, starting in September. If you’re a UK or EU resident, you can study full-time or part-time. Modules are offered in four-week blocks to allow short periods of study leave from work.
Experienced teachers
Our tutors all have extensive experience and will give you a real insight into the oil industry. Teaching takes place in the classroom, laboratory, and in the field. You’ll also receive professional training to make sure your communication skills are up to industry standards.

Learning stages
The Postgraduate Certificate stage is an intensive 12-week course taught in the Autumn semester. The high degree of industry involvement means that you’ll benefit from the latest thinking in the areas of petroleum geology, petroleum techniques, and geological and commercial risk. Because it’s a short course, UK/EU students may choose to leave after gaining the Certificate and apply for entry-level work.

Alternatively, you can take the three Postgraduate Diploma modules in sequence in the Spring semester and then move on to the Independent Project for your MSc in May. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll need to be in Derby for four-week periods for each module.

The MSc stage will give you specialist knowledge and experience, because your independent project will involve working with data to address a current industry issue. You can study full-time for four months at Derby during the summer semester, or part-time while you work.

Visit the MSc Applied Petroleum Geoscience (incorporating PG Cert/PG Dip) page on the University of Derby website for more details!





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