MSc Applied Petroleum Geoscience (incorporating PG Cert/PG Dip)
Why choose this course?
- You have the option of studying this course at three different levels depending on the qualifications and experience you have; PG Cert, PG Diploma and the full Masters qualification. You can apply for the full masters over one year from June to June, or start with the PG Certificate and see how you get on.
- The PG Cert stage is an intensive 12-week course taught across the summer. It combines academic and practical teaching and will prepare you for a career in the fast paced petroleum industry. And because it's a short course you'll be ready to apply for work in the autumn.
- The PG Diploma stage is a concentrated semester of field work and taught modules to prepare you for employment or for an independent project for the MSc. If you are a full time student you will be in class from late September to early January. Your modules will be taught in blocks of three to four weeks so that part time students can combine work with short study breaks.
- The Masters level qualification will take you to a specialist level of knowledge of the petroleum industry. You can choose to study it either full time at Derby or part time whilst you work so it's flexible to suit you.
- Our tutors bring high academic quality as well as real world experience.
- You will receive advice from careers guidance experts on CV preparation and interview techniques. You will take part in a mock interview which will help you to apply for jobs and kick start your career in the petroleum industry.
Our external tutors are active members of the oil industry giving a real insight and providing strong links to help you in your career. They can help you to recognise your strengths and prepare yourself for the right sector of the industry.
- We have a range of academic scholarships to enable you to advance your career prospects in this industry.
Start date: June
Course length: You'll study the PG cert for 12 weeks from June to September. If you are an International student you will take the entire MSc full time in one year, June to June. You will take the PG Cert stage from June to September. If you are an EU/UK student, you may choose to study the PG Dip stage over two years with two modules in the autumn semester of year one and two more in autumn of year two. Residential fieldwork is carried out in the autumn semester. Normal starting times for MSc projects are October and January.
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
This course is available to international students
The high degree of industry involvement means you will get the benefit of the latest thinking and techniques in the areas of petroleum geology, petroleum techniques and geological and commercial risk. Plus we include professional communication training throughout to bring your report writing and presentation skills to industry standard.
As one of the fastest up and coming universities we're able to offer you not only exciting teaching, course materials and facilities but support in finding accommodation. We have a limited number of rooms available in University halls and early booking is strongly recommended. Rental rates start at £73 per week plus a £65 booking fee for a private room with shared kitchen and toilet facilities. Book your accommodation through the admissions office after acceptance as there is a special form for you to fill out as a petroleum student.
You have the opportunity to take your education further by studying whilst in work. We offer you the chance, on successful completion of the initial 12-week Postgraduate Certificate stage, to go on to a Postgraduate Diploma. You have the flexibility of studying either with three to four week study breaks while you work or full time with us here at Derby. Again, you can progress to an independent project leading to your MSc with full time research over four months or part time research over a year.
What you’ll study
This MSc is made up of three semesters. EU students can take the Postgraduate Certificate during semester one, the Postgraduate Diploma during semesters one and two or the MSc over all three semesters.
You’ll study these modules:
- Petroleum Geology: Exploration, Reservoirs
- Petroleum Techniques: Wellsite Geology and Basic
- Petrophysics and Introduction to Seismic Geological and Commercial Risk: Reserves, Appraisal to Production, HSE Data Management and Quality Control
You’ll study these modules:
- Advanced Petroleum Geology: Reservoir Character, Reservoir Modelling, Fieldwork
- Subsurface Analysis: Geophysics, Formation Evaluation and Pressure Management
- Basin Analysis: Types, Analytical Techniques, Seismic Interpretation, Field Evaluation, Economic Implications
You’ll study this module:
Independent Scholarly Activity
During this triple module you will complete a written report and oral presentation about your project, which will focus on topics such as well correlation and reservoir modelling, seismic interpretation or basin modelling.
First or second class undergraduate degree in a geoscience subject.
You'll normally need one of the following English Language qualifications:
- IELTS 6.0
- TOEFL 550 (PC213)
- GCE O level English Language Grade C
- GCSE English Grade C
Other equivalent English Language qualifications may be accepted and you should provide full details with your application.
- PG Cert: (June - September 2012) £755 per single module (you usually take 3 of these modules in total)
- PG Dip: (September 2012 - January 2013) £755 per single module (you usually take 3 of these modules in total)
- MSc: (February 2013 - June 2013) £755 per single module (you usually take 3 of these modules in total)
- Full MSc incorporating PG Cert and PG Dip (June 2012 - June 2013) £13,950
*These fees apply if you're starting this course between June 2012 and May 2013. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year and there may be extra costs eg for exams, trips or special modules.
You'll attend lectures, workshops, field and lab based practical sessions and tutorials.
How you're assessed
Assessment will include written coursework, presentations and timed essays.
We prepare you for entry level jobs in the petroleum industry. Your first position could be in a service company supporting the oil industry in areas such as basic reservoir analysis, mudlogging, data management, data gathering and analysis.
Once you have gained this valuable experience and undertake the further study we offer, you are in a position to take advantage of all that the industry has to offer:
- challenging projects
- international travel
- good salaries.
"My geology and postgraduate degrees have prepared me really well for this role and I was really happy to take this opportunity to share my enthusiasm with current students."
Simon Greenfield, current student who works at Kirk Petrophysics as a core analyser.