Newcastle University

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Petroleum Geochemistry


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc, Diploma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme aims to equip Earth science and chemistry graduates with the advanced skills, knowledge and understanding appropriate for success in the petroleum, environmental and their service industries. The programme is also very suitable for skilled graduates who want to become organic geochemists and pursue a career in academic research.
For the MSc you complete compulsory modules (100 credits) followed by a research project written up as a dissertation (80 credits). For the Diploma you take taught modules (80 credits) and complete a 40-credit dissertation.
The programme begins with modules that cover the deposition and analysis of source rocks and their associated organic matter. The processes by which petroleum is generated, migrates and accumulates are then explored, as are applications of geochemistry to reservoir description and production. The first part of the programme is completed by a study of the behaviour of petroleum in the environment. Following this, a more independent learning style is encouraged, and three project modules based on the Wessex Basin are carried out.Dissertation projects are often laboratory based, but may involve desk studies or computer modelling. You might work within one of our established research groups, or in collaboration with an industrial partner. You will be encouraged to publish your results.


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