MSc Geoscience for Subsurface Exploration, Appraisal and Development (GeoSEAD)

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  • Objectives
    The Objective of the programme is to provide a thorough training in aspects of subsurface Geology, Geophysics, and Geo-engineering, which relate to the Exploration, Appraisal and Development of subsurface resources (such as hydrocarbons), or waste disposal (such as CO2 or toxic wastes). The programme is heavily accented towards hydrocarbon geoscience - as that is where many of the techniques have been developed
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Minimum of a 2:1 degree or its equivalent if outside the UK in a geological or geophysical science subject area.
  • Academic title
    MSc Geoscience for Subsurface Exploration, Appraisal and Development (GeoSEAD)
  • Course description

    This unique programme draws on world-class research and teaching expertise in subsurface geoscience within the three Universities of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Newcastle; it is jointly awarded by all three.

    It is supported by major oil companies such as Total, Exxon, BP and Shell.

    Learning Outcomes

    The programme's objective is to train a broad range of subsurface geoscientists to address the use of the subsurface for the source of energy (petroleum, gas, coal), vital resources (water) and disposal of waste (eg carbon dioxide and nuclear) to sustain the economies of the world. It aims to facilitate the development of world leaders and innovators in petroleum geoscience who will be sought after by the hydrocarbon, water and waste industries, allied companies and institutions and research institutes.

    How You Will Be Taught

    A combination of lectures, tutorials, assignments, practical work, computer-aided modelling and simulation, field trips, industrial visits, a group design project and an individual dissertation project.

    The course is intensive, and typically consists of 5 day weeks of lecture and practical work, with 20 -25 hours per week in class or labs. A field excursion to the Wessex basin of the UK is included, which will act as an integration of the basin-to-local scale philosophy of the course combining rock properties with engineering aspects, with the subsurface fluid system. The local petroleum basin of the Forth, is used as a guided team-based exploration excercise - to combine exposure and subsurface information. Finally, each student has to undertake an individual Dissertation project, producing an examinable report. Diagrams (below) show in outline terms how this MSc (in Green ellipse) relates to the modular structure of existing MSc at Heriot-Watt, and a poster format image provides more detail of the course modules. Students must make specific checks with Heriot-Watt if particular modules are essential for their studies or sponsorship.

    The programme will be presented by selected key academics and consultants attached to the three Universities. These staff each have unrivalled research and consultancy expertise.

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