Taught course

Applied Petroleum Geoscience

University of Derby · College of Life and Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

Please see our website.

Months of entry


Course content

A comprehensive course

This comprehensive course combines academic and practical teaching to prepare you for, or further, your career in the petroleum industry. Having received accreditation from The Geological Society, you can be confident that the course is topical and well regarded across the sector.

If you’re an international student, you must apply for the full masters course and study it over one year, starting in September. If you’re a UK or EU resident, you can study full-time or part-time. Modules are offered in four-week blocks to allow short periods of study leave from work.

Experienced teachers

Our tutors all have extensive experience and will give you a real insight into the oil industry. Teaching takes place in the classroom, laboratory, and in the field. You’ll also receive professional training to make sure your communication skills are up to industry standards.

Learning stages

The Postgraduate Certificate stage is an intensive 12-week course taught in the Autumn semester. The high degree of industry involvement means that you’ll benefit from the latest thinking in the areas of petroleum geology, petroleum techniques, and geological and commercial risk. Because it’s a short course, UK/EU students may choose to leave after gaining the Certificate and apply for entry-level work.

Alternatively, you can take the three Postgraduate Diploma modules in sequence in the Spring semester and then move on to the Independent Project for your MSc in May. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll need to be in Derby for four-week periods for each module.

The MSc stage will give you specialist knowledge and experience, because your independent project will involve working with data to address a current industry issue. You can study full-time for four months at Derby during the summer semester, or part-time while you work.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Dorothy Satterfield
01332 591716