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Carbon Capture & Storage (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This is the only programme of its kind in the UK, giving you high-level skills and training across the rapidly developing area of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Global energy demands are still rising, and fossil fuels remain central to meeting those demands in the medium term. CCS is a recognised solution to reducing CO2 emissions until fossil fuels are entirely replaced by renewable energy technologies.

With commercial trials under way, countries and industries are investing in this new technology. In the UK, all existing power stations must have a full-scale retrofit of CCS within five years of the technology being independently judged as technically and commercially proven.

This MSc draws on our world-class interdisciplinary academic research and the insights we have gained from projects involving our industrial stakeholders.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme structure

The MSc has two semesters of lectures and practical classes, followed by a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words. The programme includes industry guest lectures as well as opportunities for fieldwork and industry site visits to a range of locations.

Designed for graduates of engineering or geoscience-related subjects, the programme provides high-level skills and training in the entire value chain of CCS, including combustion, transport, geoscience and legal aspects.

Compulsory courses:
•Carbon Economics
•Carbon Capture and Transport
•Carbon Storage and Monitoring
•Geology for Earth Resources (compulsory for students without a geoscience background)

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:
•Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
•Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
•SeismicReflection Interpretation
•Energy & Society
•Geology for Earth Resources
•Principles of Geographical Information Science
•Spatial Modelling
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy
•Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
•Energy Policy and Politics
•Hydrocarbon Reservoir Quality
•Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
•Political Ecology
•Separation Processes For Carbon Capture
•Technology and Innovation Management

Career opportunities

Graduates can enter into all manner of jobs due to the transferable and highly desirable nature of the skills gained. However, typically our graduates pursue careers in business, industry, government and non-governmental organisations in the field of low-carbon energy production.

Visit the Carbon Capture & Storage (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in an engineering or geoscience subject, for example geology, geochemistry, or geophysics.

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