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The University of Edinburgh: GeoEnergy

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of GeoSciences
Study type Taught


Your career in a lower carbon future starts here.

The 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.

You can contribute to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, including:

  • 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 a diverse range of career paths in lower-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.

What is GeoEnergy? GeoEnergy encompasses the entire range of energy technologies and sources that interact with the geological subsurface.

This includes both established energy technologies such as hydrocarbons to developing areas such as geothermal energy production and the storage of radioactive waste.

These technologies require either injection, extraction or interaction with fluids from the subsurface, which are subject to fundamental geological controls.

Understanding these controls is essential for responsible and safe utilisation of these energy-related technologies for a low carbon future.

Reputation, relevance and employability

You will benefit from the strength and international reputation of our research groups.

We are one of the largest groups of geoscientists in the UK actively researching a variety of GeoEnergy technologies, including:

  • carbon capture and storage

  • radioactive waste disposal

  • energy storage (including compressed air, heat and hydrogen)

  • geothermal energy

  • sustainable use of water resources

  • supply of critical elements for the energy transition

  • unconventional and conventional hydrocarbons

On our website, you can find out how our work supports global initiatives to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Is the MSc for me? The rapidly developing GeoEnergy industry offers you challenges and opportunities in meeting the need for reliable low carbon energy. This is urgently needed to meet internationally agreed global decarbonisation targets and the United Nations' sustainable development goals.

This MSc is ideal for those seeking an environmentally responsible career focused on affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.

It is also suitable for those seeking to retrain from the traditional energy industry to meet the low carbon needs of the future.


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