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£250 (includes VAT)

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6 units delivered over 6 weeks. 8 hours of study per unit

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48 CPD hours


Self-guided online learning



Online course description

GeoEnergy encompasses a broad spectrum of energy resources and technologies that form a critical component of the transition to a Net Zero Carbon future. This rapidly evolving field includes both traditional and innovative geologically focused energy generation and storage strategies as well as the provision of carbon mitigation technologies to the wider energy sector.

The outcomes of this self-guided course have been developed to ensure that you have the background knowledge and skills in those areas of the geosciences that are essential to embarking successfully on a study of GeoEnergy systems.

This highly focused course will provide you with an introduction to fundamental geological concepts before concentrating on those areas of geology that are particularly applicable to the GeoEnergy sector. It may be that you already work within the carbon-based energy industry and wish to transition your career or that you have a science or engineering background and wish to embark on a new career in GeoEnergy.

This short course is open to everyone but is particularly suited to those wishing to embark on a postgraduate degree in GeoEnergy. The course will be of particular interest to:

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Structure, certificates and assessment

You will study this course 100% online.

There is no obligation for you to undertake every activity, but being involved in all aspects of the course will help you to achieve a well-rounded background in preparation for a more advanced study of GeoEnergy.

There is no graded assessment. Instead, you will receive a badge for each completed Unit, and then upon completion of the whole course, you will be awarded with an e-certificate.

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We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of 6 units, each will require approximately 8 hours of study.

The first unit introduces you to fundamental geological concepts and how they are applied within the geosciences. You will learn about geological time and the 'laws' of geology and be introduced to how tectonic and other processes generate sedimentary basins.

In the second unit you will learn how to accurately describe sediments and sedimentary structures from a range of depositional settings. You will gain an understanding of how sediment components ‘evolve’ over time and how sedimentary structures are formed.

The third unit explores how we can employ ancient sedimentary rocks to inform us about past depositional environments and how this knowledge can be used to understand the distribution of rocks in the subsurface.

The fourth unit introduces and explores the concept of sequence stratigraphy, demonstrating how sea level plays a fundamental role in the nature and distribution of sedimentary rocks.

In the fifth unit, focus is on the origin, nature and development of porosity and permeability in the subsurface. This unit also provides an overview of fluid flow in the geological realm.

The final unit introduces some of the challenges faced by the transition to Net Zero Carbon and investigates available and developing GeoEnergy technologies.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course, you will gain:


A flexible course that fits in with working and family life

This learner led course is open for continuous enrolment, which means it can be studied at any time and delivered 100% online, allowing you to manage your personal and professional commitments. This is a self-guided course which involves reflective activities to assess subject understanding. Our online short courses are designed to be intellectually stimulating, thought provoking and rewarding.

Fees and funding

Fee: £250 (includes VAT)

After doing this course, if you enrol onto the MSc GeoEnergy, the £250 will be deducted from the course fee.

Course requirements

The course is widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

Learners should have an understanding of the English Language and the ability to study in English.

How to enrol

All of our short courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

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Dr Stephen Lokier
Course author

Stephen is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Sedimentology and GeoEnergy and Programme Leader for the MSc GeoEnergy Programme. Stephen teaches across the broad field of sedimentology, stratigraphy and subsurface analysis and characterisation at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He undertakes a wide range of field and laboratory activities with collaborators around the globe.

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