University of Edinburgh: GeoEnergy

InstitutionUniversity 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 low carbon future.

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 a variety of ways to reduce CO2 emissions from the energy sector to help in meeting net-zero targets to tackle climate change, such as carbon capture and storage, along with energy storage technologies that complement renewable energy provision.

The MSc has been explicitly designed 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, through to developing areas such as the production of geothermal energy 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 reputation of our research groups. We are one of the largest groups of geoscientists in the UK, examining uses of the Earth’s subsurface such as:

  • carbon capture and storage

  • radioactive waste disposal

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

  • unconventional and conventional hydrocarbons

  • wet and dry geothermal heat

  • sustainable use of water resources

  • subsurface fluid tracing using stable isotopes and noble gases

Is the MSc for me?

The traditional energy industry can offer interesting and exciting careers for those who choose to follow a career within it.

The developing geoenergy industry can offer similar challenges and opportunities, meeting the challenge of providing reliable low carbon energy that will be needed to meet the internationally agreed global decarbonisation targets.

This MSc is ideal for those seeking an environmentally responsible career, focused on sustainable management of environmental resources.


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