Taught course


University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a science or engineering subject. We will also take any relevant professional experience into account.

We may also consider your application if your background is not specifically related to these disciplines provided you have relevant work experience in a related area.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in GeoEnergy enables you to pursue a geosciences-related career in the future energy sector, as it transitions from fossil fuels to enable a low carbon economy.

The programme uses subsurface geological knowledge to open a diverse range of career paths in lower carbon geoenergy technologies, the disposal of energy-related wastes and the evolving hydrocarbon industry. You will learn about a variety of ways to reduce CO2 emissions from the energy sector to help in countering climate change, such as carbon capture and storage as well as energy storage technologies that compliment renewable energy provision.

GeoEnergy encompasses a range of energy technologies and sources that interact with the geological subsurface. This includes both established energy technologies including oil and gas extraction and unconventional production of fossil fuels, through to developing areas such as the production of geothermal energy and the storage of carbon dioxide, natural gas or radioactive waste. These technologies require either injection, extraction or interaction with fluids from the subsurface which are subject to fundamental geological controls. Understanding these controls is essential for responsible and safe utilisation of these energy related technologies for a low carbon future.

This MSc programme builds on the strength and reputation of the research groups operating in the School of GeoSciences on uses of the subsurface:

  • carbon capture and storage (CCS);
  • radioactive waste disposal;
  • energy storage and extraction;
  • unconventional and conventional hydrocarbons;
  • wet and dry geothermal heat;
  • and subsurface fluid tracing using noble gases and stable isotopes.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 - 36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Kathryn Will
+44 (0)131 650 2624