Taught course

Petroleum Exploration Geoscience

The University of Manchester · School of Earth, Atmospheric 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.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree course provides training for geoscientists who wish to pursue a career in the oil industry working in exploration for oil and gas.

The internationally renowned course benefits from being an integral part of one of the largest petroleum geosciences research institutions in the UK. You'll benefit from our world-class research and teaching facilities, including geochemical, sedimentological, petrophysical laboratories. A number of graduates from the course choose to continue their studies by progressing onto a PHD.

Petroleum Geosciences at Manchester runs a dedicated MSC teaching facility compromising a 30-seat workstation suite, with access to all leading oil industry software, including Schlumberger petrel, Paradigm VoxelGeo, Kingdom Suite, plus various well-log analysis and geochemistry/basin modelling packages. 3D Visualisation for research and training is provided within the school.

This course has strong links with international oil companies and a proven track record for training in exploration and production geosciences to meet the needs of the oil industry. The teaching team is led by Professor Jonathan Redfern - Chair of Petroleum Geosciences, who has many years of experience with international oil companies - and includes leading researchers and experienced petroleum geoscientists. There is a strong industrial component; several course units are taught by industry specialists and there is potential to undertake research projects linked to oil companies.

Information for international students

Overseas students would also need to demonstrate competence in English language, for example, a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 6.5 in each component.

Fees and funding

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain is offering scholarships for places on the Petroleum Geoscience MSc at Manchester. This is open to all UK/EU students.

For international students there are other schemes such as PTDF Nigeria.

Funding is available from oil company scholarships and University bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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