Taught course

Applied and Petroleum Micropalaeontology

University of Birmingham · School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, preferably upper second-class or above in an Earth Sciences based degree or related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Although primarily aimed at earth science graduates who wish to gain expertise in Micropalaeontology and Petroleum Geoscience, the course has the flexibility to engage with students from a variety of academic backgrounds and would also suit those with experience in related Geoscience disciplines.

Key features:

  • Looking at specimens under the microscopeComprehensive coverage of the key microfossil groups used in hydrocarbon exploration
  • Focus on the role of microfossils in understanding major changes in global climate
  • Course taught by both academic staff and industrial partners
  • Opportunity to experience working with geological consultancies as well as an academic research environment
  • Individual research project tailored to your own skills and goals
  • The course has received financial support from BG Group, BP, Petrostrat and Shell

Taught modules offered include:

  • Foraminifera
  • Calcareous Nannofossils
  • Ostracods
  • Pollen and Spores
  • Dinoflagellates
  • Sedimentary Basin Analysis
  • Petroleum Geology

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Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

0121 414 5536