MSc GeoEnergy

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time

Course Description

Our MSc GeoEnergy enables you to pursue a geosciences-related career in the rapidly evolving energy sector, as it transitions from fossil fuels to a net-zero future.

Your training aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, especially:

  • Goal 6: “Clean water and sanitation”
  • Goal 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy”
  • Goal 13: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”

The programme uses subsurface geological knowledge to open diverse career paths in low-carbon energy technologies, the disposal of energy-related wastes and the evolving hydrocarbon industry.

You will learn about various ways to reduce CO2 emissions from the energy sector to help meet net-zero targets to tackle climate change. For example, you will learn about methods such as carbon capture and storage, along with energy storage technologies that complement renewable energy provision.

We have specifically designed this MSc to explore a wide range of energy topics, giving you opportunities for a varied career path.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a science or engineering subject. We will also take any relevant professional experience into account.

We may also consider your application if your background is not specifically related to these disciplines provided you have relevant work experience in a related area.


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Student Destinations

The MSc GeoEnergy provides a range of career opportunities in this emerging industry and the ability to work toward a lower-carbon future.

You will be equipped with the advanced knowledge and skills required to use subsurface geological knowledge for future GeoEnergy applications.

This will open a diverse range of career pathways in GeoEnergy technologies and the disposal of energy-related wastes.

Potential employment opportunities may be within:

  • Energy companies
  • Civil engineering companies
  • Environmental regulators
  • Environmental consultants
  • Local or national government agencies
  • National research laboratories
  • Non-governmental organisations

Alternatively, many of our previous students have gone on to further study, including PhD programmes.

Module Details

Compulsory courses
Environmental Geochemistry
Carbon Storage and Monitoring
Future GeoEnergy Resources
Dissertation in GeoEnergy
Hydrogeology 1: Applied Hydrogeology
Project Design and Field Skills (MSc)

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