University of Edinburgh: Applied Geoscience (Geoenergy)

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Department School of GeoSciences
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This MSc is aimed at students who wish to pursue a geosciences-related career in the future energy sector, as it transitions from fossil fuels to a low carbon economy. The aim is to offer a programme that uses subsurface (geological) knowledge opening a diverse range of career pathways in lower carbon geoenergy technologies; the disposal of energy-related wastes and the hydrocarbon industry.

This MSc programme builds on the strength and reputation of the research groups operating in the School of GeoSciences on uses of the subsurface: carbon capture and storage (CCS); radioactive waste disposal; energy storage and extraction; unconventional and conventional hydrocarbons; wet and dry geothermal heat; and subsurface fluid tracing using noble gases and stable isotopes.

This MSc differs from competitors in the coverage of a wide variety of energy topics, from a subsurface perspective. There are many masters programmes covering, for example, petroleum geology and engineering, but the job market in this industry is volatile due to large fluctuations in the price of oil. By covering a wider range of energy topics, we provide for more varied career paths. In addition, many graduates do not wish to work for the hydrocarbon industry, given the contribution of fossil fuel emissions to global warming. We cover topics that help to counter climate change by reducing CO2 emissions, including carbon capture and storage (CCS); and energy storage to enable a large proportion of renewable generation in an energy portfolio.


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