University of Edinburgh: GeoEnergy

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of GeoSciences
Study type Taught


The MSc in GeoEnergy enables you to pursue a geosciences-related career in the future energy sector, as it transitions from fossil fuels to enable a low carbon economy.

The programme uses subsurface geological knowledge to open a diverse range of career paths in lower carbon geoenergy 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 countering climate change, such as carbon capture and storage as well as energy storage technologies that compliment renewable energy provision.

GeoEnergy encompasses a range of energy technologies and sources that interact with the geological subsurface. This includes both established energy technologies including oil and gas extraction and unconventional production of fossil fuels, through to developing areas such as the production of geothermal energy and the storage of carbon dioxide, natural gas or 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.

The MSc has been designed specifically to explore a wider range of energy topics, giving you opportunities for a more varied career path.

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

- Subsurface fluid tracing using stable isotopes and noble gases

The oil 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.


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