Taught course

Petroleum Geoscience

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

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.

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies, please see here.

Months of entry


Course content

The hydrocarbon industry is one of our most important sectors, helping to cater for needs as diverse as domestic energy, transportation and plastics manufacturing. Our flexible MSc in Petroleum Geoscience provides you with the ideal training for a career in the hydrocarbon industry and related sectors.

Our teaching on Petroleum Geoscience at Royal Holloway, University of London is informed by leading research and links to the international oil industry, meaning that you’ll benefit from the most relevant, up-to-date learning. The programme lets you select from a range of course modules to tailor your learning to your own preferences and ambitions.

You’ll study in the renowned Department of Earth Sciences, which is consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016) – contributing towards our leading research culture with your own Independent Research Project. You’ll become a part of a vibrant international graduate community, and make use of our extensive range of modern facilities as you work towards a rewarding future career.

Our Petroleum Geoscience MSc has run since 1985, and has become recognised as one of the world’s premier training centres for the hydrocarbon industry. We’ve established excellent industry links, and have helped over 600 graduates from 32 countries progress into rewarding careers. Study Petroleum Geoscience at Royal Holloway and you’ll graduate with excellent employment prospects in a well-paid sector with job opportunities across the globe.

  • Benefit from a pioneering research culture, with 94% of Department of Earth Sciences research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent – no.2 in the UK. (REF 2014)
  • Graduate with a Masters degree from a department consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016).
  • Study a programme internationally recognised as one of the industry’s best.
  • Graduate with excellent employability prospects in the UK and overseas.

Information for international students

The Petroleum Geoscience MSc course is internationally renowned and attracts students from across Europe and from Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Oman, Egypt, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and the USA. 25% of our intake is international, with many students sponsored by oil companies or the British Council.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

The course can be taken part-time over two or three years with one week teaching modules grouped or dispersed according to students' other commitments.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Ms Julie Brown
01784 443581