Royal Holloway is one of the leading international centres for petroleum geoscience training and research. Our MSc Petroleum Geoscience course was established in 1985 and, with over 600 graduates from 32 countries, it is recognised around the world as one of the premier training courses for people starting out on careers in the hydrocarbon industry.
Our excellent links with the international oil industry, combined with high quality teaching and research facilities make the Royal Holloway MSc an ideal option if you are a recent graduate looking for a focused, vocational training course, or if you are an early career professional wishing to enhance your career development.
The Distance Learning option is delivered in association with the University of London International Programmes and allows students to undertake post-graduate study whilst remaining in full-time employment. Courses are undertaken on-line over several years and the programme finishes with a one-week field trip and research project undertaken in your place of employment. The programme can also be undertaken as a PG Diploma, in which case it does not include the research project, or as a series of individual taught courses.
See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/earthsciences/coursefinder/mscpetroleumgeosciencedistancelearning.aspx
Why choose this course?
- There is a huge demand for well qualified petroleum geoscientists. Companies worldwide are facing up to the challenge of replacing an ageing workforce with young graduates who can apply their knowledge and quickly learn from more experienced colleagues.
- We are one of the world leaders in the field of petroleum geoscience. Our MSc is recognised as a premier training course that will provide you with the practical and technical skills required to meet the challenges facing the hydrocarbon industry.
- You will develop the ability to integrate geological and geophysical data, and to apply your knowledge on a variety of scales, so that you can address a range of questions; from understanding the distribution of hydrocarbons in sedimentary basins, to quantifying the complex structural, stratigraphic and sedimentological architecture of individual reservoirs.
- We have excellent links with the international oil industry, including an Advisory Board with representatives from 14 multinational companies, which ensures that our teaching is up-to-date, relevant and will prepare you for a career in the industry.
- This is a flexible course, allowing you study full-time, part-time or through distance learning. If you opt to study part-time you will have also have the option of studying through sandwich mode (complete terms in separate years).
- Field work in the UK and Spain is an important part of the programme and is fully integrated with the course units.
- The Department receives a number of studentships from industry sponsors and from the Research Council which are available to UK and EU applicants. Everyone who applies for a place on this course is automatically considered for these studentships, and no further application is required.
Department research and industry highlights
Our research follows four main themes:
- Geodynamics and Basin Systems
With a diverse range of expertise researchers integrate studies in geophysics, structural geology, sedimentology and modelling to tackle key problems in the evolution of rift systems and passive margins, tectonics of mountain belts, carbonate and clastic sedimentary systems and regional tectonics. Much of this research is funded by the hydrocarbon industry, providing us with access to data for leading edge MSc projects.
- Chemical Earth Systems
Research applications in geochemistry stem from, and are underpinned by, parallel developments of world-class geochemical techniques in radiogenic (Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf-U-Th) and stable (C,H,O,N,S) isotopes, based on strategic partnerships with instrument manufacturers. This group is intimately linked with all researchers within the Department and encompasses oceans and atmospheres, the link between magmatism and tectonics, and the nature of the shallow mantle.
- Global Environmental Change
A wide range of proxies and finger-printing techniques are employed to focus on issues of global change such as methane as a greenhouse gas, coastal and estuarine dynamics, modern and ancient sedimentary processes, Phanerozoic environmental change and associated biotic responses, the biogeochemistry of Archaean ecosystems and evolution of life through geologic time.
- Physics of Earth Processes
Looking at the physics behind geological processes.
Course content and structure
Details of all course content can be found on the University of London International Programmes website http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/royal-holloway/petroleum-geoscience-msc-postgraduate-diploma#structure
Full details of the assessment process can be found on the University of London International Programmes website http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/royal-holloway/petroleum-geoscience-msc-postgraduate-diploma#assessment
Employability & career opportunities
Our graduates are highly employable; 92% remain in petroleum geosciences and related fields after graduation – approximately 75% entering the industry and 20% continuing in research (mainly as PhD students).
Graduates find employment in a wide range of companies, from multinationals (such as Shell, BP, Statoil, BG, Centrica, GDF-Suez), large independents (e.g. Tullow, Hess), small independent companies (e.g. Volantis), and a wide range of consultancy companies (e.g. Fugro-Roberston, RPS, Equipoise, IHS, Midland Valley)
How to apply
Details of how to apply can be found on the University of London International Programmes website http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/royal-holloway/petroleum-geoscience-msc-postgraduate-diploma#overview
UK upper second class degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a relevant subject such as geology or geophysics. Candidates meeting the minimum entry requirement of a UK lower second class degree (2:2), or equivalent will still be considered, provided that they can demonstrate significant industry experience and/or additional relevant training. Candidates with a UK upper second class degree (2:1), or equivalent, in related subjects, such as Physics, Physical Geography or Oceanography will also be considered, provided that their degree contains significant components relevant to Geology, or they have significant industry experience and/or additional relevant training.