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MSc in Geoenergy

This MSc offers training and experience in geoenergy as we move to a low-carbon economy. The Geoenergy programme includes a range of resource-related themes, including Petroleum, Unconventional Hydrocarbons, Geothermal, Clean Coal, Resources from Waste, Carbon Capture and Storage, Water and Mineral Resources. The programme is unique in offering a research-focused masters with some taught and training components supported by the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) and MSc in Energy and society (L6K807, Department of Anthropology). Training in this field could lead to job opportunities within the energy industry or with regulatory bodies and consultancies.

Applications are welcome at any time - there is no specific deadline. The list of projects in Earth Sciences is below - a full list of all MSc projects can be found here - MSc by Research All Projects

Further information and how to apply for an MSc by research degrees contact: earthsci.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk

New Research Projects

  • Controls on faulted geothermal systems.
    (Prof. Ken McCaffrey, Dr Charlotte Adams, Prof. Jon Gluyas)
  • The geology of fissure fills in fractured crystalline reservoirs.
    (Bob Holdsworth, Ken McCaffrey, Richard Jones (GRL))
  • Geothermal potential of gas fields.
    (Prof. Jon Gluyas, Dr Charlotte Adams, Dr Stuart Jones)
  • Hydrocarbon potential in the Solway Firth: an onshore and offshore investigation.
    (Dr Stuart Jones, Prof Jon Gluyas)
  • Appraising the geothermal potential of the Lower Carboniferous Fell Sandstone, Northumberland.
    (Dr Stuart Jones, Prof Jon Gluyas, Dr Charlotte Adams)
  • Understanding shale swelling for well-bore stability.
    (Prof Chris Greenwell)
  • Assessing the effect of organic matter on shale swelling.
    (Prof Chris Greenwell)
  • The heat beneath our feet: modelling geothermal energy from abandoned mines.
    (Prof Jeroen van Hunen, Dr Charlotte Adams)

Entry: via application form here and following successful interview. For subject specific enquiries please contact the project supervisor, and for general postgraduate enquiries contact: earthsci.pgadmissons@durham.ac.uk.

Duration: 12 months [or 24 months part-time].

Entry requirements: 2.1 Bachelor's degree or above (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Assessment: research dissertation.