Taught course

Petroleum Geoscience for Reservoir Development and Production

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 course combines the teaching and research strength of our geoscience and chemical engineering schools, and is designed to meet the demand in the oil industry for development geoscientists. The course produces graduates with specialism in appraisal / development / production geoscience and reservoir engineering. The course emphasizes characterization of the reservoir and modeling, fluid flow within often complex reservoirs, to field development and management. The geoscience school has strong clastic and carbonate research groups, and the course draws upon this expertise. The oil industry has clear objectives to enhance oil recovery from existing and new oil and gas fields, to improve recovery and extend the life of existing fields, and this course aims to meet the training needs for skilled personnel.

The course comprises a number of core geoscience and petroleum engineering modules, designed to provide students with the necessary skills for a career in production geoscience and engineering.

The course offers:

A dedicated teaching team of experienced academic and industrial tutors
Strong links with industry
Builds on the research undertaken in the University, within the leading Petroleum Geoscience and Chemical Engineering research establishments in the UK
Offers a truly integrated analysis of reservoir systems, combining engineering and geoscience skills needed to unlock future reservoir potential
Utilises Manchester's growing carbonate research group
World class facilities, with dedicated teaching rooms and workstation suites, and access to all industry-standard geoscience and engineering software
The course is designed to meet industry needs, with very good employment opportunities. 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 2750776