Taught course

Petroleum Exploration Geoscience

The University of Manchester · School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering or related discipline. Work experience may also be taken into account. Please contact the school for further information.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is taught over one year, full time, by leading researchers in the field from the University of Manchester. Course content is continually refreshed and updated to reflect current thinking and geoscience techniques. We also have close links with industry, including most major oil companies, who provide additional input into our courses and also deliver some of the content alongside careers presentations.

A range of geological and geophysical subjects are taught covering the hydrocarbon industry value chain from acquisition, exploration and appraisal to development and production. A multidisciplinary approach takes students through investigation of outcrop analogues as well as geophysical investigation of subsurface hydrocarbon systems.

The course is aimed at recent graduates as well as individuals with some industrial experience. As part of the course training is provided in technical areas such as core logging and industry standard software. Content is advised on by industrial partners with the aim of maintaining relevance to company needs. The course provides an thorough grounding for work in the hydrocarbon industry, or further PhD research.

Information for international students

Overseas students would also need to demonstrate competence in English language, for example, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any component.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
+44 (0) 161 275 0776