The Structural Geology with Geophysics MSc is a unique and globally leading Masters programme. This course will provide you with the advanced theoretical and practical training needed to flourish in a career in applied structural geology both across a range of geo-energy industries and as preparation for independent academic research.
Fundamental to the emerging Energy Transition is the need to understand structural controls in the sub-surface, for both renewable and traditional energy acquisition/storage. This course will focus on the practical application of structural geology, preparing you for employment in a breadth of energy and resource facing industries, including geothermal, hydrothermal, CCS (carbon capture and storage), hydrocarbons, rare minerals and ores, energy and hydrogen storage and shallow hazard risking.
You will gain a skillset combining advanced structural techniques and interpretation and assimilation of sub-surface data, an understanding of structural systems in time and space, at a geodynamic, basin and resource scale. You will develop an appreciation of both the geological and geophysical constraints of sub-surface interpretation and model building and the associated uncertainties
This will enable you to use a combination of structural and geophysical techniques to solve geological problems. At the end of the programme as a skilled subsurface interpreter and modeller, you’ll be able to contribute in an industry-facing role from day one and, with many of our students following on to PhD study, have the potential to pursue a research career. The skill-sets you acquire will be widely applicable and transferable enabling you to have flexibility in your choice of industry into the future.
Our teaching is research led, with direct links to active applied research. You’ll be taught by a range of research and industry experts, as well as through industry-led workshops. Strong multi-industry links are a feature of this course.
A key focus of this Masters is on understanding structural evolution in various settings and the use of 3D and 4D thinking in geological contexts. These skills are essential for your employment in industry for the duration of your career regardless of which energy/resource facing industry you start in.
Undertake fieldwork that is directly linked to your classroom learning.
Depending on your interests, specialise with a choice between hydrocarbon, mining and geothermal options embedded in the second semester. This will give you flexibility in the industry but can also allow you to retrain if you are seeking an alternative career path.
Access high-spec computing facilities and industry-standard software.
Complete an individual project, typically in association with an external company or institute.
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, such as:
2D and 3D seismic interpretation and geocellular modelling is done via Petrel and other industry-standard software.
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.
Resource specific software, for example in the Ore specialisation you will train in Leapfrog 3D deposit modeller.
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The Programme Leader, Dr Emma Bramham, is a specialist in surface behaviour and sub-surface linkage to magmatically driven faulting, specifically in volcanic systems on Mars. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has a wealth of industry experience as an offshore geophysicist.
The wider programme team is made up of geoscientists from the School’s Institutes for Applied Geoscience and Geophysics and Tectonics, featuring specialists in data processing, computational geophysics, structural geology and resource exploration.
Active research environment
The School of Earth and Environment is home to five world-leading research institutes, which are at the heart of our active research environment – working to tackle the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges. Throughout your degree you will be taught by experts who are leaders in their fields, and be directly engaged with their cutting-edge research.
We have very strong links with industry, which you’ll benefit from throughout the year. This includes the provision of scholarships, data for dissertation projects, teaching of short courses and free licenses for industry standard software.
We’re continually developing new relationships with industry; below is a summary of some of the links that we have.
Short courses and software training courses
An increasing number of companies provide short courses to complement the course, such as Shell, BP, Equipoise and Badleys. Although not a formal component of the degree, they provide an excellent opportunity to interact with industry experts and work on currently active exploration/production data.
Courses range from exploration/development team games, application of fault seal analysis concepts to exploration data though to specific software training provided by software companies.
Industrial recruitment visits
We have weekly presentations from companies encompassing the industry spectrum, including the largest multinationals, specialised consultancies and service companies.
This gives you anopportunity to hear technical presentations and information about graduate recruitment schemes and employment opportunities. A number of companies also arrange first round interviews when they visit.
We have established close links with a number of companies to ensure that your dissertation is relevant and directly linked with industry through placements, projects, data and project supervision.
The culmination of the Masters year is the final presentation in September, where you will be expected to present the outcomes of your dissertation to an invited audience of industrial and academic contacts.
When you choose a degree with accredited status, you can be assured that the teaching is of the highest standard. The quality and relevance of our teaching has been recognised by an independent body of academics and industrialists through our Geological Society of London Professional Accreditation.
If you have an appropriate degree, our Geological Society accreditation will reduce the amount of experience required for you to reach Chartered Geologist (CGeol) status, an important career step in Geoscience.