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Geology and Petroleum Geology

University of Aberdeen

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    MAY-21, JUN-21, JUL-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

The Department has an international reputation, with many of our former graduates in prominent positions in academia, industry and government worldwide. The Department has excellent support from technical and administrative staff and our laboratory facilities include CL, EPMA, FI, SEM/EDAX, GC and GC-MS equipment and well equipped seismic and petrophysics laboratories.

Through collaboration with other Departments in the University, we have access to a range of other equipment including ICP-MS, XRD, Raman and NMR. A wide range of stable and radiogenic isotope facilities is accessible through the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in East Kilbride.

Our research is concerned with the geological evolution of sedimentary basins. Sedimentary basins contain the long-term record of the planet’s evolving environment and climate; they chart tectonic evolution of the lithosphere; they hold the bulk of the Earth’s fossil fuels, water resources and significant concentrations of economic minerals.

Our research embraces the formation of sedimentary basins and lithosphere geodynamics, their structure and sedimentary fill, the evolution of the deposits and their fluids and the generation, location and exploitation of resources.

We address not only fundamental geological questions concerning Earth processes but also the development of resources for societal benefit - through the extraction of hydrocarbons to the use of geological reservoirs as repositories of societal waste.

Prospective research students should define their research interests explicitly in terms of sedimentary basin geology in the context of the research themes of the discipline.

Research in both groups is supported by excellent research facilities in a number of laboratories.

The Basic Fill Group

We focus on sedimentary processes in both modern and ancient systems to understand and quantify the earth surface through time.

Tectonics and Geophysics Group

We look at tectonics and the structure of the lithosphere and we look at the influence on sedimentation systems and deformation

The majority of our postgraduate students who graduated in the last five years joined oil companies or oil service companies. Other significant areas of employment are further education (higher degrees) and academic research posts.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,000per year

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University information

University of Aberdeen

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  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 29

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    156 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.07 81%



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