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MSc Exploration Geophysics

Programme code:MSC-EXP-GPHUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Roger Clark Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

An upper second class honours degree or better in geological, geophysical, or environmental sciences, physics, mathematics, mining, or related discipline.

Mathematics to the level of University "first-year maths for engineering and physics" is normally required, with a high grade at A-Level or equivalent as a minimum. Lower qualifications may be considered on an ad hoc basis supported by relevant industrial experience. Equivalent overseas qualifications are eligible also.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies (ES3)

Programme specification:

The programme will allow students to:

• develop a broad range of knowledge in order to allow professional practice in exploration geophysics, in either an academic or industrial context;
• be trained in relevant field and desk-based techniques for the practice of exploration geophysics;
• develop knowledge, appreciation and critical analysis of geological context to the application of geophysical exploration methods;
• gain an in-depth knowledge of Exploration Geophysics;
• develop numeracy skills essential to the professional practice of Exploration Geophysics;
• develop teamwork and professional skills essential to successful project completion in a professional exploration geophysical setting.

To fulfil these aims, the degree programme comprises:
• a 'core' of taught-course modules focussed on the theory, principles and practice of geophysical techniques;
• specialised 'module groups', focussed on the context and applications of geophysical methods, to hydrocarbon exploration;
• an independent project.

The strengths of the degree programme include:
• a learning experience within an environment of nationally and internationally recognised active research
• developed multi-disciplinary links within the School (eg Engineering geology, structural geology, hydrogeology)
• strong links with industry and other external institutions (eg government agencies, other HEIs) allowing participation by industry in class-based teaching
• an extensive inventory, regularly modernized and expanded, of field geophysical equipment
• extensive participation by industry in the provision of MSc dissertation projects
• extensive availability of industry-standard software for both taught-course and project work
• industrially-funded scholarships for UK and EC students.

Students who have fewer than 90 credits with an overall credit weighted average of 50% and no mark below 40% from their taught modules at the end of semester 2, will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their resits the student has achieved the required number of credits to allow them to potentially achieve an MSc, they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity - this is usually in the next academic year.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits to progress to project after their re-sits, or they do not wish to continue to their project, they will be awarded either a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate dependent on the award criteria for their programme.

For the award of MSc. in Exploration Geophysics, a minimum of 150 credits must be accrued by successful completion of modules, and modules constituting the remaining 30 or less credits must be awarded marks of 40 or better.

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5110MExploration Geophysics: Project and Dissertation60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5116MComputational Inverse Theory15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5129MPetrophysics and Petroleum Geology15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5136MGeophysical Reservoir Evaluation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5142MGeophysical and Geological Field Methods and Geological Interpretation15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5147MGravity and Magnetic Methods15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5155MSeismic Fundamentals and Acquisition15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5166MSeismic Data Processing15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5171MSeismic Reflection Interpretation and Sequence Stratigraphy15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Last updated: 28/04/2017


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