You will study eight taught modules and an individual project.
Taught modules cover a broad range of geophysical disciplines as applied to resource, environmental and engineering industries.
The individual project is the most challenging and exciting part of the course. It runs from May to September and tests your skills in applying the experiences acquired over the year to a specific problem.
Typically, some 90% of our projects are associated with an external partner – operator, service, and consultancy companies in the energy sector; engineering and infrastructure site investigation companies; government and higher education institutes; in the UK and overseas – so that you work in liaison with geoscience professionals. Furthermore, typically some 50% are on placement in their offices, so you will be in a professional environment directly alongside them.
Project topics regularly include investigations of specific geological issues and prospects, studies of novel seismic analysis tools, and integrated geophysical investigations – on scales from basins to quarries. All are unique to each year, with a desired commercial or academic outcome: about 10% of projects involve fieldwork, and can be case studies or innovative research-aligned investigations – even to a publishable standard.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Exploration Geophysics module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Exploration Geophysics MSc in the course catalogue
Exploration Geophysics: Project and Dissertation
Computational Inverse Theory
Geophysical Reservoir Evaluation
Gravity and Magnetic Methods
Geological and Physical Methods for Subsurface Characterisation
Seismic Fundamentals and Acquisition
Seismic Data Processing
Seismic Reflection Interpretation and Sequence Stratigraphy
Learning and teaching
Learn through field-based and practical-based (individual and group) training, while your lectures and seminars are supplemented by desk-based and workstation-based practicals and fieldwork including two residential field classes.
You will have access to specific facilities as well as the general facilities available through the School and the University.
We have a sector-leading, and frequently upgraded, inventory of geophysical survey equipment (seismic, gravity, magnetics, GPR, resistivity/IP, EM, GPS positioning, etc.), which you can use to demonstrate and practise a range of techniques in the field.
Data that you acquire is subsequently used in your classroom/computer exercises to establish a practical link between field practice and data quality and interpretability.
A dedicated computer lab containing a suite of high-powered computers enhances your learning experience by providing you with access to a comprehensive range of industry-standard geophysical processing and interpretation software packages, e.g. MESA, SeisSpace/ProMAX®, KINGDOM, Petrel™, Geosoft, RokDoc, OpendTect™ and Reveal™.
This is used extensively for workstation-based teaching, and later is available for your individual projects. The software will also facilitate your individual and team-based exercises designed to simulate industry practice, e.g. processing a reflection seismic line, interpreting geophysical data for determining subsurface structure and reservoir potential.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
During the taught-course element of the Masters you will be assessed by written exams, and by coursework (in-class and independently completed, project report writing and group presentations) in roughly 55%:45% proportion overall.