The course is aimed at graduates from a variety of Geoscience backgrounds who wish to gain expertise in Micropalaeontology and Petroleum Geosciences.
Applicants should ideally have a first degree in Geology or a closely related subject. Early Applications are encouraged as places on the course may be limited.
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- Comprehensive coverage of the key microfossil groups used in hydrocarbon exploration
- Focus on the role of microfossils in understanding major changes in global climate
- Course taught by both academic staff and industrial partners
- Opportunity to experience working with geological consultancies as well as an academic research environment
- Individual research project tailored to your own skills and goals
- The course has received financial support from BG Group, BP, Petrostrat and Shell.
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“The specialist course modules and teaching by academics as well as industrial staff makes my course stand out”
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Taught modules cover the following themes:
- Calcareous Nannofossils
- Pollen, Spores and Dinoflagellates
- Sedimentary Basin Analysis
- Petroleum Geosciences
Fees for 2018
- Home/EU students £10,170 FT only
- International students £20,610 FT only
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Funded scholarships available:
The Micropalaeontological Society Educational Trust Fund makes awards each year to the course. Applications should be made directly to the TMS; details can be found at the TMS Educational Trust Awards page.
Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in earth sciences or related discipline.
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We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
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The first semester is preceded by a short UK-based field trip to collect samples, and delivered through a series of modules focussing on the key microfossil groups and their applications. In the second semester, students will normally take courses to broaden their understanding of petroleum geology and sedimentary basin analysis while undertaking independent research projects.
120 credits are assessed through taught modules, 60 credits are awarded following the successful completion of the independent project which is assessed through a written dissertation. A variety of assessment methods are used, ranging from written coursework, case study reports, oral presentations and standard examinations.
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