Develop personal skills and a professionalism that will make you employable, as well as increasing your knowledge and technical ability.
You will take 9 months of taught classes, followed by approximately 3 months of independent research and dissertation writing in association with industry or research collaborators.
You'll carry out free fieldwork, which forms an integral part of the course, and is directly linked to learning outcomes in the classroom. Besides local visits, there is a 6-day trip to South West England and a 12-day visit to the Spanish Pyrenees.
Some of the modules you will study are spread over a full semester, while most are short and intensive. They are devised to develop your advanced understanding of key topics (including large scale tectonics, basin evolution and reservoir scale deformation) and your technical ability through the use of industry-leading software.
Begin, by reviewing the fundamentals of structural geology, maps, and mathematics before moving onto the more advanced modules.
You’ll receive advanced training in structural geology and tectonics, in geological model construction, and the practical application of structural geology. And gain training in interpreting seismic data and the principals underlying data acquisition and processing.
You’ll also undertake professional and research level training in structural geology and basin evolution from regional, to basin, to reservoir/deposit scale.
In semester 2, you can choose from hydrocarbon or mining modules.
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 Structural Geology with Geophysics MSc in the course catalogue
Structural Geology Independent Project
Applied Geophysical Methods
Integrated Sub Surface Analysis
Applied Structural Models
Applied Geodynamics and Basin Evolution
3D Structure: Techniques and Visualisation
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Reservoir Structural Geology and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity of Basins
Ore Deposits and their Structural Controls
Learning and teaching
Teaching is varied, with some of your modules being very practical based e.g. fieldwork, presentations, learning new software. While other methods are tutorial or lecture based. You will also have the opportunity to work individually or as a group. Regardless of method, you will be supported by substantial online learning material.
The School of Earth and Environment’s building gives you access to world-class research, teaching and laboratory facilities. As a Masters student, you will have access to a 3D visualisation suite, and to your own dedicated computer facilities running industry standard software.
Industry standard software:
- 2D and 3D seismic interpretation is done via Kingdom Suite software.
- Geocellular modelling is delivered on the Petrel platform.
- Structural modelling and restoration is learnt using a range of industry standard software.
- PCs run a range of structural modelling, restoration, GIS and 3D visualisation programmes.
- If you choose the optional Ore Deposits module, train in Leapfrog 3D deposit modeller.
Given the variety of learning outcomes and teaching methods, you will be assessed differently between modules but generally assessed on a combination of presentations, practicals and/or formal examinations.