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This programme is regarded as perhaps the best of its kind in the world. It has been running since 1973, and has achieved an excellent reputation as one of the top vocational training pathways. Graduates from this course are highly sought after by industry. The course has been rated by the Natural Environment Research Council as the best of its type in the UK and the only course of its type in Europe. The training offered in this course is also an ideal springboard into a career based on further research at PhD level and above. AIMS ==== The MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience (formerly MSc in Petroleum Geology) aims to: * teach the geoscience skills needed for hydrocarbon exploration and production, so that course graduates are ready to embark upon a petroleum industry career. In particular, to provide an all-round preparation for a wide-range of employment in a mobile, dynamic, wealth creating industry, and to show how integration of information across discipline boundaries can provide solutions to industrial problems. * develop the knowledge needed to communicate with and work alongside specialists in the other engineering and scientific disciplines involved in hydrocarbon exploration and production, in small, multi-disciplinary teams. * enhance the inter-personal and transferable skills relevant to the hydrocarbon industry today to develop presentation and report-writing skills to encourage team work to stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving ability and to foster initiative and self-discipline. Components of the course focus on all aspects of upstream geoscience, from initial exploration for new prospects, through field appraisal and development, to maximising recovery from mature and declining fields. Topics covered include: seismic interpretation, petrophysical analysis, geochemical evaluation, sedimentology, structural analysis, and reservoir modelling. Skills in the analysis of the subsurface are further developed by field work on outcrops and by hands-on experience with core logging. The petroleum industry is cost-sensitive and demands high levels of technical skill from its geoscience staff. One result of this has been that employers in this industry now regard the minimum entry requirement to be a higher degree. The one-year MSc course in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience at the University of Aberdeen, which has been running since 1973, is internationally regarded as one of the top vocational training pathways in the world. Graduates from this course are sought after by the industry over the past decade, more than 95% of our graduates have found employment within three months. The overall aim of our MSc course is to provide a full training in integrated petroleum geoscience, and it is the only course of this type in Europe. This is an ambitious goal, but we aim to prepare students to perform a wide variety of technical functions in a multi-disciplinary environment. The training is also valuable as a springboard for those desiring a research career or intending to do a PhD. Though the wide-ranging technical content means the course is intensive, we do not neglect the need to enhance the inter-personal skills that are of such crucial importance in this industry today. As in other areas of Department life, we strive to create a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Social events and field trips are a valuable part of this. INDUSTRY INTERACTION ===================== A key strength of this course is that we make considerable use of our location in Aberdeen at the heart of the industry in western Europe. Guest speakers contribute their experience to the taught units. Visits are made to local companies to demonstrate technology and hardware. Use is made of the core stores in the city. In the second half session, all of the major group exercises are done with the help of staff from local companies. Companies also provide data and practical help for the 4-month summer project, and students usually do the project

This programme is regarded as perhaps the best of its kind in the world. It has been running since 1973, and has achieved an excellent reputation as one of the top vocational training pathways. Graduates from this course are highly sought after by industry. The course has been rated by the Natural Environment Research Council as the best of its type in the UK and the only course of its type in...

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