Newcastle University

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Geoscience of Subsurface Exploration Appraisal and Development (GeoSEAD)


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Diploma, MSc

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is designed to provide a thorough training in those aspects of subsurface geology, geophysics and geoengineering that relate to the exploration, appraisal and development of petroleum.

This is a collaborative MSc between Heriot-Watt UniversityÆs Institute of Petroleum Engineering, the University of EdinburghÆs School of GeoSciences, and the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University. Since Newcastle University has significant expertise in petroleum systems analysis and petroleum geochemistry, our contribution to the programme is supervising those students whose dissertations are in these areas and teaching selected modules.

The programme starts in October and, with the exception of the field course, is taught at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Example modules include: exploration methods; reservoir geophysics; seismic and sequence stratigraphy; petroleum systems analysis; petroleum engineering for exploration; and formation evaluation. The main taught course comprises two 10-week terms, followed by a one-week residential field course in the Wessex Basin (Dorset) and a group exercise in which a real Wessex Basin data set is used to produce an exploration and development plan to UK government standards. For the dissertation you conduct research into a topic relating to the exploration, appraisal or development of petroleum.


This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, Insti
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